Are you visiting Australia for work or vacations? Or, do you already live there? Doesn’t matter what the answer is, do you know how many islands are there in the content? Keep guessing! You will start scratching your head with the guesses, but will never reach the point where you are able to guess it correctly. Australia has 8,222 islands. Yes, we know, that’s a lot! Every island is unique and has its own speciality, and not to forget almost breath-taking beauty. Those who are island people, and wish to go around the country, enjoying peace and serenity, definitely find it difficult to shortlist the best ones and to narrow down their choices. To make it simple for the island enthusiasts, we have shortlisted seven Australian islands that are a must to visit if you are on the continent. Have a read!
Starting with the Whitsunday Islands, they are the most popular islands alongside the East Coast of Australia. It is a range of 74 mesmerizing islands that are located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. If you have to narrow down this range to one among the lot, the original Whitsunday Island is the largest and the most beautiful. It is home to Whitehaven Beach that is iconic and needs no introduction. This pure and serene island is for all those who enjoy solitude and the company of nature. Australian Islands are not just famous for their beauty, but for their wildlife as well. If you go for the Kangaroo Island Tour, you will witness Australian wildlife like no other. You will witness the majestic Kangaroos, Wombats, seal colonies, Koalas and a lot more. Not just the animals, but you will get to see the caves, Flinders Chase National Park, Sand dunes of Little Sahara and rocky cliffs. Reaching there is difficult yet exciting, so we will recommend the Great Ocean Road tour Melbourne to Adelaide.
Rottnest Island, which is located on West Coast should be another name to your Australian Island bucket list. With utterly beautiful reef and beaches great for swimming, this island houses Quokka – a unique Australian animal only found here. This island was also once a military base, hence you will find traces rich with history. If you are a backpacker and are looking for places that have become one of the most popular backpacking destinations around Australia, Magnetic Island is for you. It is the home to the country’s very own IslandLife Beach Festival, which is the time of the year when you want to be in the vicinity. It has Walking trails, Beach front bars, Koalas and reefs too! Next Island in the list, is in the midst of Cairns and the Green Island, and is situated in an off-beaten track – Fitzroy Island. It is the place for adventure lovers with snorkels, kayaks, trampoline in the ocean, paddle-boards, and beach front bar and not to forget, a nudist beach. For nature fanatics, it is a jackpot with both the Great Barrier Reef and rainforest walks.
Want to visit the largest sand island in THE WORLD? Well, Fraser Island is! So, if you are in Australia, you need to visit it, so you have something to brag about back home. You can’t swim at the beaches due to dangerous waters, but the almost heaven looking lakes within the island are directly deputed from the paradise. Other than just beautiful swimming lakes, it has Dingos, Lookouts and Eucalyptus forest to feast your eyes with. Next up, Phillip Island is just 1.5 hours away from the south of Melbourne, and is hence a getaway for all the Melbournians. It is a popular surfing spot and a home to the famous Penguin Parade. If you are into Penguins and surfing gives you the adrenaline rush, don’t forget to go to this island. Top of all, it is easily accessible and you won’t have to worry about the commute at all.
We are closing off this article with an absolute paradise and Australia’s most prestigious Island – Lord Howe. It is a blessing of the remains of a volcanic eruption and has tall mountain peaks, walking trails and coral pools. It is located 600km south east of Sydney, so it means that you need to catch a flight either from Sydney or from Brisbane. Might not be in the budget of many, hence this is what makes it more luxurious, exclusive and peaceful. With this, we conclude the list, which makes us want to bag our packs right now and book a flight to Australia. Sadly, the wishes!