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Monday, June 16, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Escape to the Whitsundays This Winter

If you prefer to escape the cold and holiday somewhere hot, then ditch the winter blues and pack for the sunny Whitsundays. When it comes to choosing whether to freeze or fry over winter, Aussies love a hot
getaway, with 72.5% preferring to head to a hot destination, according to a winter survey by leading travel website Wotif.com.
Here are the top 5 reasons to pack your swimmers this winter and explore the Whitsundays.
1. Soak up the Vitamin D: In the recent Wotif.com survey, 34.8% of holidaymakers revealed going to the beach was their top hot activity in winter, followed by 29.2% favouring to explore new cultures, 24.7% relaxing by the pool, 9.3% drinking cold cocktails. You can escape the cold winter days and swap them for 22 degree days relaxing on the beaches at the Whitsundays. It's the perfect weather to go on a GoDo Whitehaven Beach sailing adventure with time to relax and roll out your beach towel on the powdery, white sand.
2. Swap hot chocolates for tropical cocktails: Relax on Hamilton Island and re-live your summer with refreshing cocktails by the pool or at one of the bars. The Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel has a range of refreshing cocktails on offer at the poolside Reef Terrace Restaurant. You can finish the evening with stunning sunset views sipping on a strawberry and orange 'Summer Love' cocktail at One Tree Hill, the Island's hill-top lookout.
3. Indulge and get pampered: Relax at Airlie Beach's Pinnacles Resort & Spaand get pampered with Endota's weekday June spa special. After your pampering, relax on the private verandah with views over the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.
4. See the underwater world: With the water temperature rarely dropping below 23 degrees, it's just the right temperature to get up close with tropical fish and colourful coral species snorkelling or scuba diving along the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Did you know you can even spend the night out under the stars of the Reef?
5. Spot a whale: From July to October, whales are a common sight frolicking among the Whitsunday Islands and even occasionally out on the Great Barrier Reef. Those out on the water, the islands, or even just sitting in a cafĂ© by the beach are regularly indulged by excited young calves and their mothers breaching out of the water, playing with boats and each other, and majestically gliding through the waters of the Whitsundays.
Escape to the Whitsundays this winter, visit www.wotif.com/whitsundays for flights, accommodation and packages.
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