Australia is full of drama, from its untamed landscapes and breathtaking coasts to its vast desert and metropolis skylines. Holiday locations in Australia are popular with tourists and residents who realize they don’t have to leave the continent to find paradise. Here are the top ten most beautiful islands in Australia.
Lord Howe Island in Australia
Nirvana is located in the Tasman Sea, east of Port Macquarie. Lord Howe Island arose from the ashes of a seven million-year-old volcano; filled with lush green trees and white sandy beaches surrounded by a brilliant ocean of marine blue, it is easy to see why this has become the postcard image of Australian island paradise. This UNESCO World Heritage property is home to an astounding amount of local birds, marine life, and large coral-filled sparkling waters. Activities on this UNESCO World Heritage property include, but are not limited to, hiking, fishing, bird watching, snorkeling, and diving.
Bedarra Island (also known as Richards Island) is a tropical island retreat located off the coast of Queensland in Australia’s north-east. This private island offers explorers a welcome dose of isolation (and luxury) throughout their stay; surrounded by deep tropical rainforests, coves, bays, caverns, and spectacular granite rock formations that have beached in endless pathways of white sand, this is the ideal romantic vacation island.
Fraser Island in Australia
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, therefore it’s difficult to be anything less than ideal. It’s no wonder this UNESCO World Heritage site on Queensland’s coast has established a consistent reputation among tourists and holidaymakers over the last decade. Fraser Island is often regarded as one of Australia’s most beautiful islands. The island stretches for 123 kilometers and provides tourists with up-close and personal contact with the Great Barrier Reef and its wonders, as well as a plethora of on-island activities such as four-wheel-driving its ‘beach highway’ and fishing.
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are an Australian territory located in the vast Indian Ocean. The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are nothing short of beautiful, consisting of 27 small islands spread across two coral atolls. This stretch, out of reach for most tourists, provides Instagram-worthy photographs, unspoiled landscapes, beautiful panoramas, technicolor coral displays, fascinating schools of fish, and tropical marine life.
Stradbroke Island is located in northern Australia, just off the coast of Queensland. This is the ideal vacation spot for any month with a subtropical climate that provides comfort to paradise temperatures all year. It is the world’s second biggest sand island (after Fraser Island) and home to a diverse range of plants and animals. It not only has one of the densest populations of bottlenose dolphins in the world, but it is also one of the most productive feeding locations for sea turtles along Australia’s coast.
Moreton Island in Australia
Moreton Island, just north of Stradbroke Island, is another wonderful place for explorers seeking solace in the Land Down Under. Moreton Island is known for its tall sandy dunes, tropical beaches, and unspoiled beauty. It is also the location of the Tangalooma Wrecks, a collection of shipwrecks close to the shore that offer fantastic diving opportunities. It’ll be difficult to stay bored on this short stretch of heaven, with activities ranging from beach tobogganing and dolphin sightings to fishing, surfing, and hiking.
This tiny paradise island is located in the Pacific Ocean between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia and ideally balances being a tourist destination and an undisturbed island paradise. Nature lovers will enjoy the craggy cliff faces, crystal blue lakes, and pine tree studded trails through lush forest on Norfolk Island, while activity enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of activities available, which includes bird tours, fishing, and kayaking.
Fitzroy Island in Australia
Fitzroy Island, a rugged tropical island where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, lies less than 30 kilometers off the coast of Cairns. This island National Park offers many opportunities for keen adventurers and laid-back vacationers wishing to unwind. This area has everything from hiking and kayaking to glass bottom boat rides and snorkeling with sea turtles. There are numerous possibilities for housing to suit every budget, making it popular with both locals and intrepid travelers.
Great Keppel Island
Great Keppel Island is the largest of the Keppel Island group, located off the coast of Queensland. Great Keppel Island has something for everyone, enticing visitors with its tempting snorkeling and diving opportunities, jet ski trips, and bushwalking, to name a few. Great Keppel Island, which welcomes over 15,000 Humpback whales each year, as well as dolphins and over 90 bird species, is the ideal site to appreciate the tropical splendor of flora and animals.
The Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday Islands are one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, and there’s no denying they’re breathtaking. It’s no surprise that this is one of Australia’s most desirable places, with an over-saturated palette of blue sky melting to sea, white sand, and lush green vegetation spanning as far as the eye can see. The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 deserted islands located near the Great Barrier Reef.