Australia is known for its diverse wildlife and eye-catching landscapes. Although its major cities have their own bustling charm, a trip down under isn’t complete without a visit to the islands which offer peace and relaxation.
From the West Coast near Perth to the vast East Coast near Sydney, there are a lot of great destinations for you to choose from. In this article, we’ll be taking you through our top four picks. Keep reading to find out what made it onto our list of beaches that will blow you away.
The Whitsunday Islands
The Whitsunday Islands are a group of 74 charming, beautiful islands–whichever group of islands you end up choosing, you get treated to a wonderful vacation right on The Great Barrier Reef. Since this is one of the most popular destinations throughout the entire country, the tourism efforts on the islands are highly developed and you’ll never have a dull moment while you’re there.
You can head to Hayman Island for a luxurious resort experience where Marine Biologists and guides can take you on extensive tours on the reef and have you back in time for your afternoon massage–or you can choose Hamilton Island, which is a backpackers’ haven, stopping off at the Koala Adventure in the afternoon and then partying on the coast until the sun rises. If you’re having a hard time choosing, you can also wing it and book a sailing trip once you get there. This is a great way to see the reef without going into the water.
Fitzroy Island right off the coast of Cairns offers peace and quiet that only a remote Australian island paradise can give you. It’s less crowded than most of the other islands and its activities are centred around the beauty of nature and taking time to soak in the rest and relaxation that you need.
If you know that the electric nightlife isn’t your scene, then this might be the island for you. Some popular activities are hiking, camping, beach picnics, scuba diving, snorkelling, going water kayaking or you may book for their infamous Sunlover Reef Cruises. Maybe the island’s most unique feature is the large water trampoline suspended meters above the ocean, giving travellers a fun experience as they bounce above the wide ocean.
If you want a beach scene that’s unique and unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, then you definitely have to check out Fraser Island. It’s one of the only islands across the entire Australian peninsula that’s famous for its lakes, as opposed to its beaches. The beachfront waters are very tumultuous and rough but the fresh bodies of water located inside the island are fresh, cool, and wonderful for a fun swim.
The island is also very famous because of its Eucalyptus Forest which has a lot of unique animals such as Dingos. The forest also houses numerous wildlife lookouts that give visitors an experience of Australia’s exotic wildlife. It’s one of the only islands which provide a driving tour, a great alternative to a hike for those who are less athletically inclined.
Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is one of the most incredible destinations in all of Australia. The island is premium and it’s the kind of trip you definitely have to prepare for because of its high price, however, the private plane trip there will be well worth it. This haven is 600 km southeast of the city of Sydney and is a historical landmark: a volcanic remnant, it now has fertile soil, beautiful flowers, and unique wildlife. If you’re more interested in exploring the coast, this island still has something for you: the beach has some of the finest sand in the world and its coral pools have unique colours and fish. There’s also room on the island for those who love to hike, with trails and picnic groves.
If you’re looking to book a trip to Australia, consider taking a few days to go off the grid and go island hopping. Whether you’re one to chill by the shoreline or someone who loves to party until they drop, or are more the outdoorsy type who loves exploring the forests of Australia, there’s something to enjoy on these lovely islands for sure. Trust us: the incredible views, unique activities, and fine sand are worth the trip!