Top seven islands off Queensland
You can easily access the Whitsundays from Airlie Beach. The Whitsundays are based in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and comprise 74 tropical islands which have some of the world’s best beaches. Tourists are spoiled for choice with sailing, stingray feeding, snorkelling, scuba diving, skydiving and more on offer.
- Magnetic Island
Jump on the Sealink ferry in Townsville to visit Magnetic Island, affectionately known by locals as as ‘Maggie’. Magnetic Island is the perfect place to escape and unwind with its relaxed, tropical lifestyle, secluded beaches, scenic walking tracks and 23 beautiful bays and beaches. Tourists can cruise around town in a convertible or enjoy a guided tour of the island.
- Fitzroy Island
South-east from Cairns is Fitzroy Island, one of the most unspoiled islands of the Great Barrier Reef. A majority of the island is National Park which includes coral beaches, rainforests and tropical wildlife. Fitzroy Island is popular for its walking trails, snorkelling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat tours and kayaking.
- Heron Island
Heron Island is located north-east of Gladstone, on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is a World Heritage-listed Marine National Park, meaning all flora and fauna is protected. The island is a breeding and nesting sanctuary for a large variety of birds and two turtle species – the Green turtle and the Loggerhead turtle. Heron Island is a great place for snorkelling and scuba diving, with more than 20 dive sites located close to the beach.
- Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and home to the endangered Australian dingo. The island is World Heritage-listed and has an array of tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches, fresh water lakes and Instagram-worthy views. This island is popular for its four-wheel driving tracks, fishing, campsites and endless array of beach activities.
- Moreton Island
This sand island, located in Moreton Bay, is a National Park where a 4WD is essential as there are no sealed roads. Its the best place for a 4WD holiday, offering camp sites and activities including fishing, surfing and snorkelling around Tangalooma wrecks.
- Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island is a great place for families enjoy an island getaway. Minjerribah Camping offers a great range of camp sites by the beach and glamping is available at Adder Rock. Straddie is popular for its 4WD tracks, fishing, surfing and white-sandy beaches.
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