In Queensland, 92 Oprah Show Ultimate Viewers stayed on Hamilton Island—a premier resort destination and a gateway hub for diving and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. Recreate their incredible trip with this complete itinerary.
Where We Stayed:
The Reef View Hotel: This hotel has many amenities, including a swimming pool, the Reef Lounge bar and in-house Pool Terrace Restaurant.
Where We Ate:
The Outrigger: Enjoy a full buffet breakfast with Australia's most-loved animal, the koala. Dine a few feet away from these cuddly animals while taking in the breathtaking and spectacular views.
Fantasea Boat Tour: Embark on Great Barrier Reef boat tours departing from Hamilton Island.
Fantasea Reefworld: Take a day trip to the Reefworld Pontoon located on Hardy's Reef, on the Outer Barrier Reef, and enjoy morning and afternoon tea, a barbecue buffet lunch, snorkeling equipment, a semi-submersible tour, underwater viewing chambers and a water slide. Come face-to-face with thousands of different species of marine life.
Aussie Beach Extravaganza at Whitehaven Beach: Imagine a pristine beach with 95 percent pure white silica sand stretching for seven kilometers, gently lapped by rippling waves in 100 shades of turquoise and aquamarine. Whitehaven Beach is regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and is located on the east coast of uninhabited Whitsunday Island, an easy day trip from Hamilton Island.
Banjo Patterson Day Sail: Soak up the peace and tranquility aboard Banjo Patterson while you sail amongst the tropical Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on the deck and an informative commentary on the Whitsunday Islands, its history and heritage.
After fun in the sun at Hamilton Island, some of our Ultimate Viewers were ready for an eco-adventure in Daintree.
Where We Stayed:
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa: This award-winning resort features just 15 tranquil rooms, or "bayans," nestled among the world's oldest living rainforest. Connected by a series of boardwalks, the resort provides the utmost in accommodation, natural beauty, gourmet delights and an exciting array of adventures.
Where We Ate:
Julaymba Restaurant: The restaurant takes its name from the local Kuku Yalanji word for Daintree River. The innovative menu features fresh local produce and indigenous nuts, berries and seeds.
What We Did:
Down Under Tours: Tropical North Queensland's premium tour and transportation operator for over 20 years.
Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walk: Walk to a nearby natural waterfall with healing powers. Gain a glimpse into the local Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal history, culture, traditions and rainforest life.
Daintree River Experience Cruise: Experience the majestic Daintree River in a comfortable seat. Let your guide take you where neither feet nor car can go, pointing out wildlife for you to photograph. Ask questions and learn about the plants, birds and crocodiles in the area. Or, soak up the history of the Daintree area.
Great Barrier Reef Helicopters: One of the largest and most experienced helicopter operators in Tropical North Queensland will take you over the rugged and remote Daintree Rainforest and over the sparkling sapphire blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef. This is the only place on earth where two world-heritage sites sit side by side.