Australia: 3 best islands to visit

 Australia: 3 best islands to visit

Australia is one of the most diverse holiday destinations in the world – with something to suit any taste. When you think of Australia, you probably think of one huge island, filled with stunning soft sandy beaches, clear waters and cities teeming with life.

Australia may be one big island, but it is surrounded by more islands. In fact, it is surrounded by thousands of islands. So, if you're gearing up for a big trip in the Global South, we think we know a few of the best islands for your trip and add them to your to-do list.

Fitzroy Island

Australia: 3 best islands to visit

If you are lucky enough to be in the tropical northern town of Cairns, you have a truly amazing experience. The Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and the Atherton Tablelands are just a stone's throw away. But one of my favorite places near Cairns is Fitzroy Island.

Home to Australia's best beach in 2018, Fitzroy Island, just 45 minutes via ferry from Cairns, is home to a mesmerizing tropical landscape that you can't experience anywhere else.

While it's close enough to the mainland for a day trip, Fitzroy Island is truly worth the time. Set aside a few days for your visit because there is so much to do on the island.

If you are a water lover, spend some time hitting the water. Possible activities include kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, snorkeling, or even going out on a glass base boat adventure. You can view the rich marine life from any angle here and you can spend hours doing it.

If you are a nature lover and want to see what the earth has to offer, you can take a walk through one of the many self-guided hiking trails. You can venture into the Rainforest with the Secret Garden track, or if you'd like something a bit more challenging, take the Summit Lighthouse walk.

Relaxing may be the best part of the day, and Fitzroy Island can definitely help you there. As mentioned earlier, Fitzroy Island is home to a beach that was crowned Australia's best beach in 2018 - Nuddy Beach.

With soft sand and the perfect Queensland sun, spending time watching the day go by on the beach can be the perfect way to unwind. And if you get too warm in the sun, cool off with a dip in the tropical waters at your feet.

With a plethora of activities that won't cost a penny, Fitzroy Island can cater to any budget, and for all ages, from families to backpackers, everyone will love their time on this amazing island.

Fraser Island

Australia: 3 best islands to visit

Queensland is full of natural wonders - we stay there for another great list of wonderful islands - Fraser Island.

Fraser Island is located near the southern tip of Queensland, off the coast of Noosa and Rainbow Beach, above the Sunshine Coast.

When you close your eyes and imagine a tropical island, Fraser Island is probably the closest thing to that vision. This island is where rainforest and beach really meet. In fact, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and the only place in the world where you'll find rainforest trees growing on sand dunes.

Fraser Island is such an untouched gem that there aren't even any roads – instead, there is a highway on the beach. You may have seen pictures of ATVs sailing along the beach right near the water. It is an unmissable experience.

Fraser Island is also home to more than 200 freshwater lakes, so when you're exploring giant sand dunes and need to relax, there are plenty of places to swim.

While Fraser Island is perfect for all ages, it really does speak to the adventurers among us – with activities from fishing to surfing and four-wheeling to hiking, there's plenty to see and do on Fraser Island.

Brunei Island

Australia: 3 best islands to visit

On our way south, to the bottom of Australia, we find ourselves in Tasmania. Maybe a little unexpected for an island vacation, and a little different from the tropical shows we talked about earlier - we have Bruny Island.

Bruny Island is approximately 35-40 minutes from Kettering by ferry, and Kettering is approximately 40 minutes' drive from Hobart. Bruny Island is great for a day trip from Hobart, even better for longer stays. There is so much to see, do and most importantly eat.

The length of Bruny Island is about 50 km, and it consists of South Bruny Island and North Bruny Island and is connected to a stretch of land called the "Neck". The neck is only about 100 meters wide and offers great views in every direction. Take a trip to the neck and watch the waves crash on one side and the calm bay on the other. All this can be seen from the viewing platforms, and if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife, such as penguins, when they return to their little sand dunes at dusk!!

If you are looking for nature, then South Bruny Island is the place to immerse yourself in the national park.

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