If the Great Barrier Reef has always been on your bucket list, well, there’s really no time like the present. Set in the heart of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsundays consist of 74 freakishly beautiful islands (I mean, look at that photo) with tropical year-round weather and powdery beaches. August is one of the best months to visit, when the annual humpback whale migration goes down. Also worth a stop is the newly re-opened Daydream Island Resort and Spa, which offers a new underwater observatory complete with a 20-seat dining room looking into the Living Reef, one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons.
If it’s food you’re after, head over to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, a region that’s gaining a culinary reputation for its diverse food trails and home-grown organic cuisine. New this year is a four-day food festival called The Curated Plate which runs from August 8-11 in Maroochydore, a town that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but promises to bring together the region’s best produce and chefs from around Australia.