10 islands in Oz that are absolute paradise
Is there anywhere you’d rather be than sipping cocktails on a tropical island? No waaaaaay! And the best bit about these islands is there’s no passport needed. Woo! Settle into your beach chair, pop on your sunnies and soak up these 10 Aussie islands that are absolute paradise.
Quokkas! These cuties ALONE are worth a trip to Rottnest Island but it’s also worth taking a tour of the island on bike or going snorkelling over the stunning reef.
This is the furthest of the more than 8,000 islands in Oz – the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are almost 3,000km north-west of Perth! 😱 They also feel dreamily movie-like, with their chalk-white beaches, sparkling blue water and towering palm trees. We could get used to sipping cocktails here.
Tassie has so many beautiful islands but for something a little more cosy you can’t go past Bruny. Get back to nature with a trip to the ‘Breathing Rock’ and sample the amazing local produce – our tip is to go straight for the local oysters, they’re perfect for sharing… not that you’ll want to! 😉
Drive a few hours south-east of Adelaide and take a horse-drawn tram to Granite Island. Seriously! The Island features the Granite Island Recreation Park where you’ll come across the towering orange-tinged granite rocks. Our tip: Visit during June and October for whale-watching season.
Looking for new travel buddies? Then head out to Green Island to meet Cassius. Okay, he might be the world’s largest captive crocodile, so you don’t want to get too close, but he’s still worth a look. The snorkelling is also insane in the area, and a glass-bottom boat tour is worth the splurge.
There’s nothing like a day on Lord Howe Island. A protected paradise, there’s only ever 400 visitors allowed on the island at one time, perfect for a low-key relaxing getaway. Snorkel, cycle and take loads of snaps while you’re there.
This has GOT to be one of the happiest places on earth. After all, the Tiwi Islands have been nicknamed the ‘Islands of Smiles’. The two main islands, Bathurst and Melville, are both around 80km north of Darwin. Take a guided walking tour and be immersed in the local culture, or channel your inner artiste with a screen printing workshop.
This laid-back beach haven is ideal for adventure junkies. You can snorkel around sunken ships, sail down sand dunes on a toboggan and hike up to Mount Tempest Lookout (a must!). Don’t forget, there’s also the chance to hand-feed wild dolphins and meet a real-life Flipper.
A truly Aussie experience, take a half-hour ferry from Townsville to the majestic Magnetic Island. Part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Magnetic is also known for its rocky crags and beachside boulders. One of the highlights on this island is getting up-close and personal with our eucalyptus-loving pals at the Bungalow Bay Koala Village. You can even have brunch with them. Beats smashed avo any day of the week! 😉
Get off grid to this remote island just 60km south-east of Melbourne. You can swing by via a short ferry trip from either the Mornington Peninsula or Philip Island. French Island boasts remote serenity and beautiful walking tours, but the real reason this place made the top 10 is because of its wine and cheese. The climate and soil makes the wine particularly special – we’d suggest sampling the Pinot Noir. Cheeeers!
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