Vlasoff Cay, Australia

Australia's beaches

BEACH: Vlasoff Cay, Cairns, Australia

WHERE: A pristine teardrop of sand amid the swirling blues of the Great Barrier Reef, Vlasoff Cay is the crowning glory of desert island bliss.

H20: A MYRIAD OF BLUES

SAND TONE: SHIMMERING WHITE

HOW: Part of Vlasoff Cay’s allure is its exclusivity, and a helicopter ride from the coast of Cairns will see you there in half an hour. Take in the incredible aerial seascapes and scattered islands off Far North Queensland before being left to enjoy two hours of the ultimate seclusion, obligatory gourmet picnic hamper and bottle of champagne at hand.

WHY: Vlasoff Cay is the desert island that dreams are made of; nothing but you, untouched sands, and the crystal waters of the Barrier Reef waiting to cradle your floating limbs. This is the epitome of a bucket list beach.

STAY: Stay at another (slightly larger) island idyll, Lizard Island Resort. With a level of seclusion second only to that of Vlasoff Cay, here you can stay in suites offering private pathways to the beach and plunge pools from which you can watch the sun setting over the Coral Sea.

WHEN: To avoid the oppressive heat and abundant rainfall of Queensland’s wet season, it’s best to pay a visit to the Great Barrier Reef between June and November. Only adding to Vlasoff Cay’s exclusivity, it also only chooses to reveal its sandy shore at low tide.