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January 11th, 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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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, 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.

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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.

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Hamilton Island, Queensland

This popular Whitsunday Island is a launchpad for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, which regarded as one of the most beautiful on the planet. Fringed by coral reefs, this spectacular island is mostly car-free, making it easy to explore to enjoy.

Where to Stay:
Overlooking the stunning shores of famous Catseye Beach, the Reef View Hotel at Hamilton Island provides welcoming accommodation in 363 rooms and suites that serve as the ideal base when exploring the majestic Whitsunday region – a favourite with locals and sun-seeking tourists alike, the hotel boasts a 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Heron Island, Queensland

Heron Island serves as an idyllic sun-drenched nature retreat that showcases sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and an endless garden of coral perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

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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