The oversized island of Australia has a culture deeply submerged in the world of the water. Long hot summers are spent searching for perfect waves, kayaking through hidden rivers, and inventing new watersports without a shadow of caution. The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps the country’s most iconic feature, with the 2,300 kilometres of coral stretching off the coast of Queensland named one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This area is also home to the most popular cluster of off-coast islands in Australia. From Hayman to Heron, Daydream to Dunk, each of the some 900 islands found here offers a natural playground to explore, boasting the best scuba diving Australia has on offer. Cruises around Australia need not involve a giant ship overflowing with tourists. Many travellers looking for a more boutique overwater experience find themselves boarding a small catamaran or sailing boat, drifting into the horizon from mainland Cairns. In the hours not spent underwater admiring sharks, rays, and a rainbow of fish, expect to learn the balancing art of stand-up-paddleboarding, walk through dense coastal rainforests, and admire the night sky under a blanket of stars whilst drifting softly above the Coral Sea.