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Amazing Australian Islands
Looking back at Magnetic Island
Bedarra Island is located just off the
tropical coast of sunny Queensland, approximately half way between Cairns
Bribie Island is Australia's latest tourist discovery and family holiday destination. This unspoilt island linked to the mainland by bridge offers sandy beaches, national parks and world class fishing - all just an hour's drive from Brisbane.
Christmas Island is a tiny but beautiful dot in the Indian
Ocean,about 2500 km north-west of Perth.
Cocos Keeling Island
The Cocos Keeling islands consists of a group of 27 coral
islands that were discovered by Captain William Keeling in 1609. They
remained uninhabited until they were then annexed by the UK in 1857, and
then transferred to the Australian Government in 1955.
Island is the closest of the Whitsunday Islands to Shute
Harbour, lying just 5 kms offshore. Offering exquisite accommodation and
the perfect location for guests to enjoy the wonders of this island paradise,
the Daydream Resort Hotel offers 296 rooms and all of the amenities, you
would expect from a Novotel hotel. The Daydream Resort Hotel is also serviced
by Hamilton Island Airport and is just a 45 minute trip across the Whitsunday
Kangaroo Island is the third largest island off the coast
of Australia, and 21 National Parks and Conservation parks cover 30% of
the island. The island is well stocked with wildlife including wallabies,
goannas, koalas, sea lions, fur seals and a species of kangaroo unique
to this island!
The island received its current name in 1802 when explorer Matthew Flinders named the island after all of the kangaroos that he discovered here.
You can reach Kangaroo island by sea or air, this unspoiled wilderness is home to wallabies, goannas, echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, seals and is a haven for many other marine wildlife and seabird species. There is a great day tour that will show you all the highlights of this amazing island. More info on this tour....
Or make your own way there on the ferry and take your time to explore this magnificent island.
Island lies to the north east of Tasmania and produces beef, and dairy
products as it is extremely fertile with a mild maritime climate. Native
flora and fauna abound due to the isolation of the island and lack of
King Island’s climate is one of moderate temperatures with a reliable rainfall that supports an outstanding agricultural industry. However, in the infamous Roaring 40’s gales, winds frequently reach over 100kms per hours.
The coastline provides habitat to a variety of species. There is great potential for the diving enthusiast with an abundant support of rock fish, crayfish and abalone. There is a Crown Reserve, approximately 30 metres wide from the high water mark that allows access to the coastline on King Island.
Lady Elliot Island lies 80 kilometres north east of Bundaberg,
and is easily accessible daily flights that land at the island’s
own airstrip. A limited number of guests are allowed on the island at
any one time. Lady Elliot Island is the first coral cay on the Great
Barrier Reef. Step off the beach and snorkel, swim or scuba
dive in the world's richest marine eco-system. A true island paradise,
Lady Elliot Island is a popular destination for families and leisure groups
keen to explore this rich marine eco-system located at the southern tip
of the Great Barrier Reef.
Lady Elliot Island Reef Resort is the only place to stay on this island.
Lizard Island is one of a kind - a work of nature's art.
This island also offers the two extremes of accommodation; pay up for
a luxury resort, or bring your own water, tent and sleeping bag and camp
in the National Parks campground. Located right on the Great Barrier Reef.
It is a private paradise with 24 powdery white beaches. During his epic
voyage of 1770, Captain James Cook climbed the peak on Lizard Island to
chart a course out to sea through the maze of reefs which confronted him.
Today Lizard Island offers an escape of a different kind. Here you can
snorkel off a secluded beach to discover a garden of giant clams, many
a metre long and some reputed to be over 120 years old. And there are
23 more soft, powdery white beaches just waiting to be explored. Fly to
this island from Cairns
The Lizard Island Research Station is also situated on this island and is a world-leading supplier of on-reef facilities for coral reef research and education. Located on the northern Great Barrier Reef (270 km north of Cairns, Queensland), the Research Station is owned and operated by the Australian Museum and is supported by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and the Coral Reef and Marine Science Foundation.
Lord Howe Island was inscribed on the World Heritage list
in 1982 for its rare collection of plants, birds, marine life and exceptional
natural beauty. It is one of a handful of places in the world, and one
of just four island groups, to be awarded a World Heritage listing. A
mere 280 people are lucky enough to call the island home, with visitor
numbers restricted, by law, to just 400 at any one time.
Flying time is under 2 hours from Sydney and Brisbane, the coral waters are crystal clear, the beaches are pristine, there is no pollution, and birds and marine life abound. Best of all Lord Howe Island is never crowded.
Island is located 8 kilometres off the coast of Townsville,
and only a 20 minute ferry ride away. Magnetic Island offers a relaxed
tropical lifestyle, quiet secluded bays with pristine beaches, and abundant
wildlife. Here you can see koalas and at night you'll hear the curlews.
Magnetic Island combines untouched National Park, a resident population of about 2,500 and a wide choice of accommodation.
Although it is near the Wet Tropics, the Townsville area is in a rain shadow which makes it the sunniest city on the Queensland coast (Magnetic Island counts an average of more than 320 days of sunshine per year).
More than half of the Island's 5,184 hectares is The National Park covers more than half of the island, with Mt.Cook in the centre rising to 497 metres. Huge granite boulders, tall Hoop pines, eucalypt forest, pristine beaches and small patches of rainforest make up the landscape.
Magnetic Island accommodation and tours
Norfolk Island offers overwhelming scenery fringed by azure seas, this five by eight kilometre subtropical jewel offers everything in concentrate. From kaleidoscopic coral reefs filled with colourful fish to bushwalking among the planet’s tallest tree ferns. This island is also the home of the famous Norfolk Pine. Many of the Islanders preserve their Pitcairn heritage and speak the distinctive traditional language passed down from the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian wives. Cows still graze under the commonage system and goods from ships are still brought ashore in lighters, as the Island has no natural harbour. However, meeting the demands of the tourism industry has meant that a wide range of services and most modern comforts are now available.
Phillip Island is the island that is not an island, it is
actually connected with a bridge to the mainland and close to Melbourne.
One of the most popular things to do in Melbourne is to go and see the penguins on Philip Island. You can drive there yourself but you can also go on a guided tour to Phillip Island Nature Park to see the little fairy penguins coming home from the sea, koalas high in the treetops and the spectacle of thousands of Australian fur seals swimming and lazing in Seal Rocks.
Pumpkin Island was one of Australia's best-kept island secrets,
nestled in the Keppel Islands, 13.8 kilometres off the coast from Yeppoon,
until the Aussie XXXX beer brewery leased the island for three years,
making international headlines, never before has a beer had its own island!
The island contains five eco-friendly, self-catering beach cottages powered by wind and sun, overlooking a crystalline beach.
See their website for more info.
Located just off the coast of Perth. A visit to Perth
would not be complete without a visit to Rottnest Island, preferably with
an overnight at the Rottnest Lodge. Originally a colonial barracks, the
lodge has been converted to the premier accommodation destination on the
Walk along pristine white beaches, snorkel in aqua blue waters over colorful coral, bike around the island, enjoy an alfresco cafe lunch or just relax in the sun. More info...
Situated near the mouth of the Daintree river in north Queensland, it is uninhabited, surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and protected as a National Park. If you obtain a permit you can camp on the island, either get there by boat or kayak, from Cape Kimberley it is only a short trip. From Crocodylus backpackers resort they run guided seakayaking tours to this island. More info...
Stradbroke Island near Brisbane is an enticing blend of rugged coastal
landscape, tranquil inland lakes, and pristine beaches just one hour from
One of the world's largest sand islands, it is situated at the southern end of Moreton Bay and is easily accessible by vehicle ferry ("barge") and water taxi from Cleveland.
North Stradbroke Island has some of the most spectacular scenery found in Queensland. White sandy beaches stretch into an endless horizon fringed by the aqua blue ocean, while a system of freshwater lakes in the island's centre provides beautiful picnic and swimming spots.
The three townships still have a village atmosphere but offer a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, not to mention a variety of cafés and restaurants.
Thursday Island is situated about 40 km off the top of Cape York. It is a hilly island of almost 5 kilometres, and it has a multi-cultural population of 4000 who are a culturally unique group. These Torres Strait Islanders lived, fished, traded and where possible on a few islands tended vegetable gardens. They were masters of the sea and its products. The first recorded contact between Islanders and Europeans came in 1606 when the Spanish navigator, Torres, sailed through the Strait, subsequently named after him.
The Tiwi Islands are situated 80 km north of Darwin in the Arafura Sea. There are two islands, Bathurst Island and Melville Island with a total land mass of 8320 sq km. Only a short flight from Darwin, these islands are an excellent place to experience, and learn about Aboriginal culture.
Tiwi Tours flies you out to Tiwi and Bathurst Island for one or two days - phone 1800 811633
Whitsunday islands lie midway along the Queensland coast,
a group of some 74 islands bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and cradled
by the calm waters of the Coral Sea and a picturesque mainland of wooded
peninsulas, sandy coves and welcoming holiday resorts.
A very popular destination for sailing and scubadiving, jumping off point from the mainland is Airlie Beach.
Whether you choose a skippered yacht charter or you own one of the newest Azimut Yachts for sale, the Whitsunday region offers the best sailing options in Australia.
Last but not least on this page; XXXX Island! This is the
first time in history that a beer has had its own island.
The XXXX brewery leased Pumpkin Island off its owners for a period of three years and blokes are invited to submit ideas to build the ultimate blokes island, and the best entries will win a stay on the island.
More info on their website.
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