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August 16th, 2018
Island Escapes Without Leaving The Country

Want an island oasis without the international flight time? Check out these gorgeous spots off the coast of Australia.

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Green Island

Heron Island, Queensland

Nature expert Sir David Attenborough said that the Great Barrier Reef is his favourite place on earth, and at the southernmost tip lies Heron Island. Located 72 kms the Southern Coast of Queensland, right in the heart of the Southern Barrier Reef, Herons Island is home to a dazzling array of native wildlife ranging from rays and hordes of multi-coloured tropical fish to charming turtles and resident birds.

Where to Stay:
As one of the only resorts situated directly on the reef, Heron Island Resort has received a plethora of awards including a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016.

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Green Island, QLD

Accessible only by boat or helicopter, Green Island is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, just 45 minutes across the sparkling Coral Sea from Cairns. Situated within the exquisite Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Green Island features a rainforest with 126 native plant species and colourful marine and bird life.

Where to Stay:
Green Island Resort – the only resort on this coral cay. Surrounded by a magnificent coral garden and a pristine beach, this gorgeous resort provides deluxe accommodation in an idyllic tropical setting, playing a part at the same time in preserving this pristine paradise by practicing eco-friendly tourism.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, SA

Regarded as Australia’s Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is only a short 30-minute flight or 45-minute ferry ride off the coast of South Australia but feels as though it is a world away. The native wildlife has flourished on this secluded and untouched hideaway, granting visitors the opportunity to walk with sea lions along pristine beaches, watch wild dolphins play in the waves and see kangaroos grazing at sunset.

Where to stay:
Southern Ocean Lodge is the most luxurious property on the island and was rated #4 in the Top 100 Hotels in the World by Travel+Leisure.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island, Queensland

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is home to the iconic 75 Mile Beach (one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Aussie Beaches), lush rainforests and breathtaking lakes, making it a truly magical and unforgettable destination. Go for scenic walks, take a cooling dip in one of the 100 freshwater lakes and discover the famous Maheno shipwreck near Happy Valley.

Where to stay:
Located just a 50-minute scenic ferry ride from Hervey Bay and situated right by the coast on sensational Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort is one of Australia’s favourite holiday destinations and has won several Australian and Queensland Tourism Awards.

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island, NSW

Allowing just 400 guests on the island at any one time, this uncrowded oasis is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site that protects an abundance of beautiful wildlife, natural bush surroundings and marine ecosystems. Lord Howe Island is also home to 241 species of indigenous plants – of which 113 are found nowhere else in the world – there are also 1,600 terrestrial insect species, 11 species of seabird and the island is also home to the world’s largest stick insect.

Where to stay:
Arajilla Lord Howe Island sits under a canopy of Kentia Palms and Banyan Trees a short walk from the splendour of Old Settlement Beach. Renowned for its warm and friendly service and laid-back ambience, it offers couples and honeymooners a haven of tranquillity, romance and peace less than a two-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane.

Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands, Queensland

Scattered like emerald-green jewels amidst the crystalline waters of the Coral Sea are the 74 Whitsunday Islands, nestled adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Go snorkelling and diving alongside colourful tropical fish, turtles and marine life on the reef and soak up the beauty of the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, consistently voted one of the most pristine on the planet.

Where to Stay:
Airlie Beach is the launchpad for exploring the Whitsundays region. Stay in boutique luxury in an unbeatable location right in the heart of the town, at Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays.

Heron Island

 

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