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World's Best Islands 2013

World's Best Islands: Great Barrier Reef Islands

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No. 14 Great Barrier Reef Islands, Queensland, Australia

The largest coral reef in the world stretches for 1,240 miles off the northeastern coast of Queensland, supporting giant green sea turtles, baleen whales, and another 400-odd species, as well as private island resorts and picture-perfect beaches. One notable example: Whitehaven Beach’s 4.5-mile blinding-white stretch in the Whitsunday Islands.

Where to Stay: Maximum luxury meets minimal design at Qualia, a 60-bungalow waterfront retreat in Hamilton Island, with expansive Coral Sea views.

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