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5 Mind-Blowing Island Destinations in Australia

Updated on May 30, 2020
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I received a Ph.D. [in Business Major] from Australian Catholic University, Australia.

It has been argued that Australia’s best island is Australia itself. Australia boasts of a wide range of islands totaling to 8,222 islands. That’s a lot, right? From the famous Whitsundays and the Fraser Islands to the least known islands of Fitzroy and Great Keppel, these islands offer escapes, oddities, and adventures to travelers of all walks. Below are ten mind-blowing island destinations to check out while in Australia.

Whitsundays Islands

The Islands of Whitsundayare located on the central coast of Australia in the Great Barrier Reef. With 74 island wonders, comes a myriad of uninhabited national parks offering a perfect range of resort accommodation or back-to-basics camping paradise. Due to its pristine turquoise waters, a 7km stretch of pure white sand and a luxuriant jungle backdrop, Whitsunday Islands’ little wonder, Whitehaven has won recognition from pundits across the globe for the cleanest beach, best beach, and most eco-friendly beach. Its sand has a silica content of up to 98%, which means that it won’t burn your bare feet, even on the hottest days.

Fraser Island

Say hello to Fraser Island, also known as K’gari (which means paradise.) Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world occupying an area of 184 000Ha. This heritage-listed island's diverse landscapes and unique wildlife attracts a gazillion of tourists to its shores every year.

Adventures on the island include cruises, a 90 kilometers walk adventure, and a guided or self-drive tour. The island also offers camping, cabin, and resort-style accommodation that suits all types of holidaymakers.

Kangaroo Island

A South Australia tour is never complete without the experience of the magic Kangaroo Island. Thanks to its hefty number of Aussie wildlife like nowhere else in the world, Kangaroo Island is often touted as ‘a zoo without fences’. Kangaroos,(that give it its name), koalas, seal colonies, and Wombats here are everywhere. With its native bushland, pristine beaches, local wines, Australia's third-largest island, attracts fauna fans in droves.

Magnetic Island

Also known as ‘Maggie,’ Magnetic Island lies off the coast of Townsville in Australia. This island is fast becoming one of the most popular Australia's East Coast plum party destinations thanks to super-social hostels, raucous pubs, and boozy beach parties. While at the island, you could opt to explore the beautiful bays on a calm guided sea Kayal tour or exhilarating jetski tour. Go play golf at the country club in picnic bay or go horse-riding along the beach. You can as well walk to West point from a picnic and watch the sun go down.

Lord Howe

Do you want to get away? Well, get to Lorde Howe Island 600km from the New South Wales mainland. Enjoy a variety of activities from; snorkeling in the iridescent blue playground that surrounds the island, where scores of seabirds nest. There is no mobile phone coverage, wifi is unreliable and the island’s Mount Gower is a deserted lonely mountain peak. However, if you crave company, you can always hand-feed fish at Ned’s Beach, in a sanctuary zone where fishing is not allowed.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Md Rashedul Islam

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      Until I read your article, I had paid little attention to these islands. You have put them on the map for me with your interesting descriptions.

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