Best Small/Independent Travel Agent – One Stop Adventures
One Stop Adventures is Australia, New Zealand and Fiji’s leading one stop online adventure travel shop which gives the traveller the opportunity to choose their own adventure from a great range of quality packages, tours, activities and transport options. They source the best local operators and care about making sure you have the best time possible while visiting these amazing destinations!
One Stop Adventures have over 10 years experience travelling Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and specialise in developing custom packages to suit each individual travellers needs.
Best Destination – The Whitsundays
The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Island Wonders, on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. Right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to the Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. From charming coastal towns, beautiful islands, protected rainforest, stunning beaches including the world famous Whitehaven Beach, the natural attractions of the Whitsundays offers a diverse range of experiences. The Whitsundays offers some of the world’s best sailing, where you can charter a boat and cruise the waters of the Whitsunday passage surrounded by uninhabited islands and breath-taking sunsets. If adrenaline is more your thing, you can skim across the water with one of the high-speed tours or take a scenic flight and soar across Heart Reef and Hill Inlet.
Swim, snorkel and scuba dive with thousands of brightly coloured fish and a variety of corals in the Great Barrier Reef and witness diverse marine life including humpback whales, dolphins, turtles and dugongs. Spend the day on the white silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach or explore the breath-taking beauty of Hill Inlet, a stunning cove where the tide shifts the sand and water to create a swirling fusion of turquoise colours. Soak up the tropical, laid-back lifestyle, laze on one of the many uncrowded beaches, relax with a sunset cocktail and indulge in fresh local seafood at one of the many al-fresco restaurants. You’ll find every kind of beauty, adventure and luxury here.
Best Transport – Greyhound Australia
Greyhound Australia is Australia’s only national coach service. They provide comfortable, hassle-free, and affordable coach services to people of all ages and to all corners of Australia. They travel across Australia everyday ensuring that their passengers can get to their destinations, both on the beaten track and off it, and truly experience the beauty of Australia. They have over 110 year’s experience and are one of the oldest coach companies in the world. Greyhound Australia has a national fleet operating 365 days a year. They carry 5 million passengers over 38 million kilometres a year with a safety record second to none.
Their bus services allow you to take in the best Australia has to offer, and have a wide variety of ticketing options which allow you to travel at your own pace, hopping on and off as many times as your ticket allows. Or, you can simply choose your origin and destination and design your own trip along the way. Greyhound Australia coaches are built with everything a modern traveller desires - USB chargers on every seat, free WiFi connectivity and reclining leather seats. Every bus in their fleet is fitted with large, panoramic windows and oversized seats so that you can sit back, relax and let them drive while you enjoy the view.
Best Visitor Attraction – The Great Barrier Reef
One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the world’s most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. Because of its natural beauty, the Great Barrier Reef has become one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations. A visitor to the Great Barrier Reef can enjoy many experiences including snorkelling, scuba diving, aircraft or helicopter tours, bare boats (self-sail), glass-bottomed boat viewing, semi-submersibles and educational trips, cruise ship tours, whale watching and swimming with dolphins.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and pulling away from it, and viewing it from a greater distance, you can understand why. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space. Because of its natural beauty, both below and above the water’s surface, the reef has become one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations.