Though there are 24 beaches on Lizard Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef, the stretch of sand fronting Anchor Bay is arguably the most tranquil. Firstly, it’s reserved for Lizard Island Resort guests only, so you’re sheltered from any day-tripping crowds, and secondly, unlike the windier southern part of the island, Anchor Bay gets nary a breeze. Best of all? You’ll find a bar at the end of the beach, so you can reward all that long, hard relaxation with an icy cocktail.
Where to stay: Lizard Island is home to only one resort, but it’s one of the best in the Great Barrier Reef. It’s been closed for renovations in the past year, but reopened in April 2015.