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Say the words "island nation" and we tend to think of somewhere in the South Pacific: Fiji, perhaps, or the Solomon Islands. Yet with In need of a nice Lady Elliot Island sub girl than islands scattered around our coastline, Australia has plenty of island escapes of its own — and not all of them are off the coast of Queensland. From storm-tossed islands in the Southern Ocean, where cows graze by the roide and pristine forests shelter everything from bandicoots to echidnas, to sandy islands studded with pristine lakes, the diversity of Australia's islands is as dazzling as their.
Want to get away from it all? The colourful cliffs of Maria Island and the Kentia palm forests of Lord Howe Island are great places for crowd-free hikes. Prefer a bit of holiday buzz? Head for Phillip Island or Hamilton Island instead, where there is always something new to do. With over to chose from, Australia has some of the most beautiful islands on earth. From tropical paradises like Hamilton Island to the diverse and pristine Kangaroo Island.
Hanson Bay Rd, ph 02southernoceanlodge. Kangaroo Island is a minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis, or a minute flight from Adelaide. See also: 20 reasons to visit Kangaroo Island. MUST DO More than marine species live in the surrounding waters, so it's no surprise that most visitors spend their days snorkelling or diving. Depending on the season, close encounters with manta rays, turtles and whales are possible. The Reef Units sleep four, with ensuite bathrooms and a balcony. The Island Suites have two bedrooms and a beachfront position with lagoon views.
See also: A secret paradise. Body surfing at the beach, or a snorkel through the world's southern-most coral reef? Or perhaps you will simply find your own stretch of sand for a spot of beachcombing. Phone 02beachcomberlhi. Pinetrees, Lord Howe's oldest and largest lodge, has a simple chic fitout. Phone 02pinetrees. Capella Lodge is the island's premier accommodation, known for its superb cuisine.
Phone 02lordhowe. Flying time is two hours from Sydney and Brisbane. See also: An island escape that's close to home. MUST DO You can walk through the rainforest or swim in Lakes McKenzie and Wabby, but for many visitors, the main attraction seems to be the superb four-wheel driving, whether that is bush bashing or hooning down the amazing expanse of 75 Mile Beach.
Phone 13 74 68, nprsr. The beachfront Eurong Beach Resort offers a choice between motel-style rooms and self-contained apartments. Pheurong. Kingfisher Bay Resort is both elegant and eco-friendly. See visitfrasercoast. See also: A girl's weekend away with a difference. Maria Island is all about the great outdoors.
Wander through the remains of the convict settlement at Darlington, or tackle the tough Bishop and Clerk trail, culminating in a cloud forest. Don't forget the Painted Cliffs, with their pretty sandstone patterns, and the amazing Fossil Cliffs.
While you are walking, keep an eye out for dolphins and eagles. Book through parks. The four-day Maria Island Walk is a guided walk where walkers sleep in comfortable camps. See also: A guide to Tasmania's six best islands. After a morning bushwalk or an ATV tour, enjoy lunch at the yacht club before relaxing with a either massage or some serious beach time.
The Beach Club is an adults-only retreat with a prime position on Catseye Beach. Ph 02 ; hamiltonisland. The elegant four-bedroom Yacht Club Villas are the premier choice for small groups. Marine stingers are more prevalent between November and May. See also: 20 reasons to visit Hamilton Island.
Alternatively take a hike along Cape Woolomai or The Nobbies headland, home to a fur seal colony, or take to the surf on the island's south coast. Genesta House offers charming bed and breakfast accommodation in a grand old house. The modern Silverwater Resort offers guests a choice between rooms and apartments. The Motorcycle Grand Prix is in October. Phillip Island is a minute drive from Melbourne. See also: Australia's best beach islands.
It's not bare bones. Pumpkin Island hits that sweet spot in between, with seven reasonably priced self-catering units. For a splurge-worthy special occasion, consider renting out the entire island. Days are spent swimming, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking… you get the idea. Diving trips can also be arranged. Depending on the season, you may see dolphins, turtles or whales. Choose between self-catering or pre-prepared meals package.
Pebble Point, the island's premium accommodation, has a private deck pool and sleeps up to four people. Boat transfers depart from Yeppoon, 45 minutes from Rockhampton. The bigger the appetite you work up, the better: apart from the cheese, there is local crayfish, meat and honey to feast on. Owen Smith Drive, Currie, phoneboomerangbythesea. OceanViews in Grassy has a selection of one- two- and three-bedroom villas.
King Island Breaks has three architect-deed villas. Barnes Rd, Loorana, phonekingislandbreaks. See also: A tale of two islands. You can also visit Jilamara arts and craft centre, take a dip in a freshwater pool, and visit the local cemetery where graves are marked with distinctive pukamani poles. Ph 08clearwaterislandlodge. Phsealinknt. Guests on the three-night Tiwi Islands Adventure Sail travel and sleep on a foot sailing catamaran.
Phonesaildarwin. Melville Island is a minute flight or a 2. See also: Australia's second largest island still largely unknown to tourists. About km from Australia's east coast, the nation's second-oldest settlement offers more than history: think beautiful beaches, welcoming locals and some buzzy cafes and restaurants. With palm-fringed beaches and magnificent coral reefs, the Cocos Keeling Islands would be a tourist magnet, were it not for their isolated location, km north-west of Perth.
Its detention centre hogs the headlines but Christmas Island, km north-west of Perth, also lures visitors with its beaches and coral reefs, and the spectacular red crab migration. Less than metres long, the island is home to a meteorological station. A handful of cruise ships visit this sub-Antarctic island, km south-east of Tasmania, for encounters with elephant seals, fur seals, albatross and four species of penguin. From hiking up Mount Tempest and snorkelling among 15 shipwrecks to trying your hand at sandboarding, there is plenty to keep you occupied on Moreton Island.
A quick boat ride away from Fremantle lies the lovely Rottnest Island, a car-free retreat. Top activities include swimming, snorkelling and quokka spotting. On Sydney Harbour's largest island, you can explore convict ruins, play a game of tennis, and even stay the night, with accommodation ranging from glamping to modern apartments. The passenger ferry from Stony Point takes you to this national park, where you can spot plenty of koalas, as well as echidnas and birds.
With some of the loveliest landscapes in Tasmania, visitors to Bruny Island can choose from plenty of scenic drives and romantic strolls. Bedarra Island Resort : With a maximum of 16 guests, villas with private infinity pools and an all-inclusive rate, Bedarra Island is tropical perfection.
Southern Ocean Lodge : Elegant architecture, superb food and an amazing help-yourself cellar make this Kangaroo Island retreat an unforgettable getaway. Its luxurious pavilions and fabulous views probably had something to do with it. Capella Lodge : Think of it as a five-star beach house, with warm staff and fantastic food that keeps guests coming back to this Lord Howe Island resort. Satellite Island : Technically it is a private island rather than a resort, but this Tasmanian retreat scores a mention for the amazing feeling of being the last people on earth.
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