Queensland’s Best Island Escapes

If you’re looking for an incredible island holiday, then Queensland has some amazing choices. But with almost 7,000 kilometres of coastline and countless options, it’s kind of hard to know where to start.

So today we’ve set ourselves an impossible task, but we’ll have a crack. Queensland’s TOP 5 island getaways!

For families looking for an easy island experience, you can’t beat North Stradbroke Island, or Minjerribah. Stradbroke Ferries can get you, and your vehicle there in about forty minutes from Brisbane. There are bitumen roads, plenty of accommodation, shops, restaurants and patrolled beaches. And it’s ideal for camping, with several campgrounds offering beachfront sites with great amenities.

For more adventurous campers, Fraser Island can’t be beaten. You’ll need to come prepared with your own camping gear and a four-wheel drive, but the extra effort is rewarded. Fraser Island is world heritage listed and boasts some of the most spectacular landscapes in Australia. Excellent accommodation is also available at Kingfisher Bay Resort and Eurong Beach Resort. Both resorts offer great tour options that take in many of the island’s most iconic beauty spots.

If you’ve ever dreamt of staying on the Great Barrier Reef, then the central Queensland coast has you covered. Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is home to the Manta Ray and 1200 other species of marine life, making the snorkelling and scuba diving amongst the very best on Earth. Take your pick from unit, cabin and glamping tent accommodation. And getting there is a cinch. Short flights lave from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

When you think of the word ‘Whitsundays’, you think island paradise. And the region has 74 islands to choose from! Several of them have resorts, the biggest being on Hamilton Island. It’s a terrific place to base yourself when exploring the many natural wonders on offer. There’s a big range of accommodation to suit many budgets. From family friendly apartments right up to the highest-end luxury accommodation. Best of all, nearby are some of Australia’s most beautiful spots; Whitehaven Beach and of course Heart Reef.

In the tropical north Queensland, Magnetic Island certainly stands apart. It offers a laid back island experience that has attracted visitors from around the world for decades. It’s easy to get to; being only a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville. And once you’re on the island, soak up the palm-fringed beaches, hiking trails, koalas and snorkelling adventures. Accommodation wise there’s everything from backpacker hostels right up to luxury resorts. It’s got everything!

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