Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – Bedarra Island Resort
Nothing says Luxury like arriving at Resort by helicopter and that is exactly what you can do when you stay in one of the 9 Villas at Bedarra Island Resort. The resort is located on a private island about 10 miles off the Australian coast and halfway between Cairns and Townsville. Here, 9 villas –all with great ocean views – are scattered within the rainforest. Due to its isolation, this is an all inclusive resort – 3 fabulous meals each day plus an always open bar stocked with some great Australian and New Zealand wines.
We elected to take the 45 minute Helicopter ride from Cairns. We had a spectacular flight over the Reef with our pilot pointing out crocodiles and sea turtles while giving a running commentary about the Reef. We landed at the beach side heliport and were greeted by the Resort manager who briefly explained all that Bedarra has to offer. All resort and water activities except for scuba diving and fishing are included!
Behind The Scenes:
We thought it was SO funny that these fabulous people (Sam & Charlotte – owners of Bedarra) would load us up with Champagne and food and send us off in one of their NEW boats to explore islands! Then, we find a private strip of beach…..unload our gourmet lunch and pop the cork….and relax for hours in the sun. We finally decide it’s time to get back…..we completely forgot about the “tide” thing…as you can see in this pic, the boat is up in the rocks maybe 15-20 ft from the water! Now you have two slightly drunken adults trying to drag a boat back into the water………good thing no one was filming that!!!!!!