We’ve gushed about Australia’s stunning island getaways before in our post ‘Australia’s Best Island Getaways‘, but we think Queensland’s islands in particular are next level.
There’s a little something for everyone on the islands in the sunshine state, whether you enjoy exclusive luxury on an island all to yourself, or a family-friendly getaway where you can hike, bike, and swim the days away.
So which Queensland island ticks all the right boxes for your holiday? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite Queensland islands to help you find your perfect slice of paradise.
Best for lavish romance: Bedarra Island
This dreamy patch of land located just offshore from Mission beach was made for romantics looking for a secluded escape where luxury is in every detail and relaxation is a non-negotiable.
The all-inclusive luxury resort on the island is a couples only retreat where you can while away the days in your private plunge pool, on a deserted island with a loved-up picnic hamper for two, sipping cocktails while admiring the jaw-dropping view, or all three.
With just eight private villas hidden amongst tropical rainforest, Bedarra is a secluded paradise where lavish romance is second nature.
Best for variety: Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island has a little bit of everything. The island charm is there without the compromise of mainland luxuries.
You’ll be spoilt for choice of top notch restaurants, accommodation options catering to all budgets and tastes, yet you’ll still be able to get lost in the wilds of the national park that covers the island and find your own slice of paradise on one of the islands stunning beaches.
There are plenty of tours on offer as well, including day trips to the powder white shores of Whitehaven Beach, snorkelling, diving, and fishing trips out on the reef, scenic flights, and sunset cruises. You’ll also find one of the world’s most impressive golf courses where you can tee off in paradise.
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Best for family fun: Fraser Island
Fraser Island is all things to every member of the family. From hiking the pristine rainforest, swimming in the impossibly blue waters of Lake McKenzie, floating down Eli Creek in a tyre tube, traversing the sand island’s long stretches of white sand beaches by 4WD, fishing the abundant coastal waters, to camping under the stars, Fraser is packed to the brim with fun-loving activities for the whole family.
If camping’s not your idea of a holiday make yourself at home in the Kingfisher Resort. They cater to children of all ages and offer a Junior Ranger Program for kids. The facilities for adults aren’t half bad either.
Best for an eco-escape: Lady Elliot Island
If you love all things nature then head to Lady Elliot Island for an eco-escape you’re not going to forget in a hurry.
Nestled at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, the small coral cay sits within a protected ‘Green Zone’ of the reef making it a haven for over 1,200 species of marine life that animate the pristine coral that envelops the island.
Lady Elliot Eco Resort, the island’s one and only accommodation option, prides itself on advocating eco-tourism and educating visitors on the importance of preserving such an significant part of the reef.
Best for diving & snorkelling: Heron Island
When Jacques Cousteau raves about an underwater utopia where coal gardens abound and manta rays dance on the reef you pay attention. When he names it one of his top 10 favourite diving sites in the world, you go there – plain and simple.
Over half of the Great Barrier Reef’s fish and coral species are found in the waters off Heron Island, along with turtles, manta rays, reef sharks, and many, many more marine animals. The diving and snorkelling here is top notch; with the island a protected habitat for wildlife, and a healthy and thriving reef, it may just be the best island in the country for discovering the beauty of the ocean.
Best for active pursuits: Magnetic Island
With just over half of Magnetic Island designated as a national park, it’s no wonder active nature lovers flock to ‘Maggie’ to explore the island’s pristine wilderness.
More than 20kms of trails criss-cross the island and hidden bays adorned with stunning, deserted beaches are a specialty. Take to the water on a kayak and explore the coastline, or discover the underwater treasures on one of the island’s snorkelling trails for a real treat.
Inspired to escape to an island by our article ‘Which Queensland Island is Best For You’?
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