Queensland spoils you for choice when looking for an offshore escape this winter or school holidays. With 1955 islands to tempt you, seeking your own slice of paradise among the islands’ 6973 kilometres of coastline is a sure thing.
Just 50 minutes by ferry from Brisbane; the easy access makes North and South Stradbroke Islands popular destinations for a slice of island lifestyle. Migrating whales cruise past the islands between late May and early November, bringing a spot of whale watching to your relaxing island break.
A stone’s throw north, also offering easy access from Brisbane, is the world’s third largest sand island – Moreton Island. Popular for day trippers, Moreton offers four-wheel driving, sand tobogganing, shipwreck snorkelling , sunset dolphin feeding, seasonal whale watching and swimming in a sand bottom lake named Blue Lagoon. The island offers a choice of camping or glamour with the great accommodation at Tangalooma Island Resort.
Only 3 hours north of Brisbane you’ll find the Fraser Coast and beautiful Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island covering a total of 160,000 hectares. Known for its four wheel drive tracks and stunning sub-tropical rainforest, the island also features many clear blue lakes.
Continuing north, on the southern edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the idyllic Capricorn Group of islands encompass Lady Elliot Island, Great Keppel, Heron Island and Lady Musgrave to name a few. The islands are picture postcard paradise, offering an array of luxury and eco accommodation, amidst the beach and ocean activities.
Further on we start reaching the popular Whitsunday Coast, home to Daydream Island, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island. Although these are the most popular islands, the Whitsundays offer 74 different island wonders to choose from.
Cruising north into North Queensland you’ll pass Magnetic Island and Orpheus Island before hitting the portion of the coast mostly associated with the famous Great Barrier Reef.
Spend time on unspoiled Fitzroy Island, renowned for pristine rainforest and coral beaches, or take a daytrip from Cairns to Green Island. Further north Lizard Island near Cooktown is home to one of the most exclusive resorts in Australia – with 24 private beaches you’ll feel like you have the whole island to yourself.
As the east coast disappears into the horizon, off the northern tip of the Cape York Peninsula you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the culture and beauty of the Torres Strait Islands.