Island destinations in Australia
Fancy a Robinson Crusoe moment?
The chance to run away from reality and kick back and relax on a paradise beach is most people’s idea of heaven. Throw into that mix some seriously beautiful scenery, nature at its best, and outdoorsy activities to keep everyone occupied, and you’re looking at every box on that holiday list ticked off!
Australia is famous for basically being one huge, seriously massive island, albeit a continent in its own right, but it also has countless islands off the mainland, all offering beauty in abundance. If you fancy having your own Robinson Crusoe moment, how do you narrow it down to one island?
Here’s a few suggestions!
Lord Howe Island
Situated in New South Wales, off the mainland, Lord Howe Island is basically paradise. Fantastic for hiking, snorkelling, and chilling the hell out, there are some fantastic accommodation options to choose from. Pinetrees Lodge is a popular resort, ideal for luxury breaks, or maybe even a honeymoon. There are Lord Howe Island packages on offer, to cut a few costs and add more luxury. Hiking on Mt Gower is a popular activity, or hand-feeding fish at Ned’s Beach.
Lying just of the Queensland coast, this island is something a little different, with stunning lush rainforests running down to beautiful Coral Sea beaches. This is quite an exclusive island, as resorts only allow a certain amount of visitors at any one time, so space is never at a premium!
World Heritage Listed Fraser Island has a unique claim to fame, as it is the only place in the entire world where rainforest grows on sand! For nature and culture, and of course relaxation, this is a great choice. There are lots of archaeological sites to explore, as well as diving the island’s shipwreck, The Maheno. Wildlife lives in here in abundance.
Yes, kangaroos do reside here, as well as seals, koalas and plenty of birds! It’s easy to reach Kangaroo Island, as it’s only a 30 minutes’ flight from Adelaide, however once you arrive you will be in nature’s certain habitat. A large portion of the island is protected for conservation, so if you’re into your nature and wildlife, this is the island for you.
The Whitsunday Islands are of course famous for their blinding beauty, and Hamilton Island is situated right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, within easy reach via a two hours’ flight from Sydney. Snorkelling and diving is the order of the day here, with some seriously luxurious resorts, including the iconic over-the-sea bungalows!
Our final choice is Lizard Island, right on the Great Barrier Reef. Here you will find rugged beauty, with plentiful marine life, as you would expect from its location. Cod Hole is a famous diving site, however dry land offers just as much beauty, with fantastic walking opportunities, passing wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery.
Has this whet your appetite for your own Robinson Crusoe adventure?