There’s nothing quite like feeling your troubles melt away while relaxing on one of Australia’s beautiful island paradises.
Australia is known for its stunning oceans and pristine beaches so, naturally, an island holiday is the perfect way to spend your vacation Down Under. While there are numerous island getaways in each state, here are some of the more popular destinations for tourists looking for their dream island vacation.
One of Australia’s biggest attractions, the Whitsundays are a series of 74 islands off the coast of Queensland. A huge drawcard for the Whitsundays is their proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world and one of the 7 natural wonders.
Featuring golden beaches, incredible sailing trips and snorkelling opportunities, and the beautiful sunny atmosphere that Queensland is known for, it’s little wonder that more than 700,000 visitors make the pilgrimage to the Whitsundays every year.
Just off the coast of Freemantle in Western Australia lies Rottnest Island, a small slice of Australian paradise. Visitors will be greeted with stunning views and scenery, pristine beaches and unique wildlife such as the small and smiley marsupials known as quokkas.
You can join one of the free walking tours around Rottnest Island, swim or snorkel in the beautiful water, or explore the island at your leisure while learning about its rich history along the way.
Lord Howe Island
Found between Australia and New Zealand, Lord Howe Island is a secluded space that offers some of the most amazing scenery in the world. Its lush forestry, rolling hills, golden beaches and sparkling ocean views make every vacation here an unforgettable one.
Popular activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, birdwatching and fishing – as well as simply just exploring the island. Local resorts such as Pinetrees Lodge are quite popular with those who make the journey to experience Lord Howe Island.
The heritage-listed Frasier Island is the largest sand island in the world and has been preserved for visitors from all over the world to enjoy. During your stay at Frasier Island, you can traverse huge rainforests, swim in one of the many cool fresh water lakes or climb the towering sand dunes.
Frasier Island is also a very popular destination for both 4-wheel driving enthusiasts and keen fisherman, with plenty of rugged terrain to traverse and unique fishing spots.
Cocos Keeling Islands
Consisting of 27 coral islands, the Cocos Keeling Islands form a pristine paradise several kilometres off the coast of Western Australia.
The isolated location makes this destination perfect for visitors keen to escape from it all and relax on their own island getaway. The Cocos Keeling Islands offer stunning snorkelling and diving opportunities as well as some fantastic fishing locations.
The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are very popular destinations for Australian visitors hoping to explore the nation’s beautiful beaches, but they can often get quite crowded. For an intimate, relaxing trip you’ll never forget, why not book a trip to one of Australia’s amazing islands and carve out your own little slice of paradise?