20 Islands in Australia That are Too Mesmerizing to Skip!

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Lord Howe Island, Fraser Island, Kangaroo Island, Rottnest Island, Hamilton Island, Phillip Island, Bruny Island, Magnetic Island, Christmas Island, Whitsunday Islands and many more.

Surrounded by water, the islands in Australia attract visitors from all across the globe to explore their unique geology, flora, and fauna. The islands are packed with surprises for wanderlust travellers. The powder soft sands of the Whitehaven beach and the penguin parade of Phillip island get you the best ever experience that is hard to find anywhere in the world. You will come across some large landmasses like Tasmania whose area is comparable to Ireland and at the same time Rocky islets which get disappeared into the azure water waters at high tides.

The Australia Islands are stunning, luxurious, adventurous and rugged at the same time. They happen to provide shelter to all types of travellers in their holiday vacation to rejuvenate their body, mind, and soul far away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You will also come across zillions of top class resorts and lively multi cuisine restaurants where you can have a great time with your loved ones. While Lord Howe Island is known for its snorkelling sites and at the same time, Fraser Island is popular for its huge shifting sand blows, fantastic swimming spots, and exciting 4WD tracks.

Here is the list of some best islands in Australia:

01

Lord Howe Island

Experience some of the world's best day walks, snorkel the southernmost coral reef, hand-feed the fish at Ned's Cove, and walk along white-sanded beaches in Lord Howe's stunning natural surroundings.

There is a wide variety of lodging options on Lord Howe, including lodges, guesthouses, and self-contained units. Lord Howe Island is encircled by a stunning bright blue lagoon teeming with fish, coral, and other marine life. You can snorkel the lagoon from the beach, Lord Howe Environmental Tours offers a two-hour glass bottom boat trip to see some of the most impressive snorkelling spots.

Best Time: June, July and August

Location: Tasman Sea east of Port Macquarie
02

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the rarest Australia Islands in the world. It's the only place on the planet where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes above 200 metres (656 feet). It also has half of the world's perched lakes, which are created as dune depressions filled with rainwater over time. With huge shifting sand blows, fantastic swimming spots, and exciting 4WD tracks, Fraser Island offers stunning scenery.

Fraser is an ideal place to go wild, with a World Heritage-listed wilderness and plenty of resort-style amenities.

Best Time: December through February

Location: Australia’s eastern Queensland coast
03

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is known as nature's playground because of its raw and rugged coastline, crystal clear seas, natural wonders, and wildlife. It's hard not to relax as soon as you walk onto the island.

Kangaroo Island is a gourmet destination renowned for its freshly caught fish, cheeses, and wines, among other things. Drink craft beer at the Kangaroo Island Brewery or wine from the island's cellar doors, such as Dudley Wines and Bay of Shoals Wines.The Enchanted Fig Tree, a pop-up summer eatery near Stokes Bay, serves local produce under a giant fig tree. Discover unique wildlife, delectable food and wine, stunning scenery, and a laid-back lifestyle by taking the road less travelled.

Best Time: March to May

Location: Mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide
04

Rottnest Island

This Island is well set-up for families, parties, couples, and solo adventures, with 63 beautiful beaches, a great selection of guided tours and packages, and some excellent places to stay. This lovely island also has 45 kilometres of walking trails, a rich cultural heritage, and incredible native wildlife, including a colony of New Zealand fur seals and about 10,000 adorable quokkas.

This pocket-sized paradise has something for everyone: swim, snorkel, walk, bike, or simply relax on the beach.

Best Time: October and November

Location: offshore from the city of Perth, in Western Australia
05

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island's idyllic position in the Whitsundays makes it an ideal base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach. It also has a number of well-known bars and restaurants, as well as a diverse range of lodging options, a diverse range of events, and some striking contemporary landmarks, such as the famous Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Hamilton Island Golf Club.

The weather is pleasant throughout the year, and the island offers a variety of family-friendly activities during school vacations. At WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, you can also get up close and personal with legendary Australian animals like koalas, kangaroos, and a crocodile.

Best Time: April – June

Location: Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia
06

Phillip Island

Phillip Island provides tourists with the opportunity to see magnificent Australian wildlife in the midst of breathtaking scenery. A few of the island's unique attractions include the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Nobbies Centre.

Experience Phillip Island's excellent cool-climate wines and new organic produce by following the Southern Gippsland Wine Trail. From the elevated timber boardwalks across the island, try to catch a glimpse of them in their burrows. There are over 32,000 little penguins on the island, so there's a fair chance you'll see some.

Best Time: November and March

Location: Australia’s southern coast.
07

Bruny Island

Bruny Island is made up of two Australia Islands connected by The Neck, a narrow isthmus. It's a popular weekend getaway for beachgoers and foodies, but it's also home to a rugged, mostly undeveloped landscape that's both dramatic and breathtaking.

Explore this beautiful island that offers fantastic walking trails and pristine swimming, surfing, and fishing beaches, and don't forget to take advantage of the island's thriving fine fodder industry. Bruny Island has a vibrant homegrown food and wine community. Sample typical European cow's and goat's milk cheeses at Bruny Island Cheese Co.

Best Time: January-February

Location:  South-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia
08

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is home to palm-fringed beaches, koalas, hiking trails, and snorkelling experiences, to name a few. A vibrant community of over 2,500 people, as well as backpacker hostels, luxury resorts, and charming bed and breakfasts, can be found on the island.

The relaxed tropical lifestyle on Magnetic Island, as well as easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, make it a wonderful place to unwind. Take a relaxing guided sea kayak tour or a thrilling jet ski tour to see the breathtaking bays. Play golf at Picnic Bay's Country Club or go horseback riding along the beach. West Point is a perfect place to see the sun set, and it's just a short walk from Picnic Point.

Best Time: May and September

Location: 8 kilometres offshore from the city of Townsville, Queensland, Australia
09

Christmas Island

Christmas Island has a beguiling blend of cultures and some of the world's most stunning natural wonders, and it is closer to Asia than mainland Australia.

The Dales, where you can stand underneath a small waterfall created by a freshwater stream, and the Blowholes, where waves whoosh through hundreds of holes along a shoreline covered in black rock pinnacles, are two of the best places to visit. Renting a car is a great way to get around.

Best Time: July to October

Location: Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, lying south of Java, Indonesia
10

Whitsunday Islands

The Whitsundays are a group of 74 tropical Australia Islands off the coast of Queensland, close to the Great Barrier Reef. People come from all over the world to see the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and the breathtaking beauty of Heart Reef, as well as to stay in some of the finest hotels in the world.

These Islands in Australia are protected from huge swells by the Great Barrier Reef, making them suitable for sailing, diving, and snorkelling.

Best Time: September

Location: Northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef
11

Bedarra Island

The breathtaking Great Barrier Reef surrounds Bedarra Island, which is located in the Queensland Islands' Family Islands National Park. There are plenty of ways to spend your time on Bedarra Island, including snorkelling, paddle skiing, fishing, and exploring the island's beauty from motorised dinghies, but if that all gets too much for you, there are plenty of other things to do like sea kayaking, standup paddle boarding, rainforest tours, and helicopter tours.

Best Time: April - December

Location: Dunk in the Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland. Australia
12

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

In the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Australia's last unspoiled paradise offers stunning snorkelling, world-class diving, superb fishing, and the adrenaline rush of kitesurfing. Relax on empty beaches, canoe to some of the uninhabited Islands in Australia, or take the ferry to Home Island to stay at the original Clunies-Ross residence and learn about the history and customs of the island.

Best Time: August - December

Location: Remote territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean
13

Stradbroke Island

Point Lookout is a picturesque cove with fine white sand that attracts families and paddlers, while surfers and body boarders enjoy the soft, peeling waves. The patrolled beach is north-facing, which means it receives all-day sun and offers spectacular views of Moreton Island. Instead of going on a whale-watching cruise, go to Point Lookout with a couple of friends.

Best Time: December - February

Location: Moreton Bay in the Australian state of Queensland, 30 kilometres southeast of the centre of Brisbane
14

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is the perfect setting for both relaxing beach vacations and high-octane adventures. The island's ocean side has white sand beaches perfect for swimming, surfing, and fishing, while the sheltered western side is more comfortable, with crystal clear blue water softly lapping against its shore. Tangalooma Island Resort, set amid the island's lush scenery, will have all the comforts of home.

Tangalooma, which happens to be one of the most sought after Islands in Australia, is dotted with the island's sparkling beachfront areas, with villas, suites, and luxurious apartments. Check into one of the island's most opulent vacation homes, with views of Moreton Bay and the Glass House Mountains worth a million dollars.

Best Time: Summer to Autumn

Location: Coast of southeastern Queensland, Australia
15

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island in Australia has everything you've come to love about the South Pacific, and a lot more. Every turn will reveal a new surprise or twist that will cause you to reconsider your notions of paradise. Our beaches are among the finest in the Pacific, with crystal-clear waters protected by teeming coral reefs just a short distance from the sand. You'll even come across gloomy cliffs where waterfalls cascade.

Best Time: October to March

Location: Australian island in the South Pacific Ocean
16

Fitzroy Island

The majority of Fitzroy Island is National Island Park, which contains mangroves, open forests, tropical pristine rainforest, and coral beaches with fringing coral reefs, which can be seen from the island's walking trails. Walking, hiking, snorkelling, diving, sea kayaking, ocean trampoline, and sight-seeing are some of the many activities available on Fitzroy Island.

Best Time: August

Location: Continental island offshore from Cape Grafton, 29 km south-east of Cairns, Queensland, Australia
17

Great Keppel Island

There are 17 white-sand beaches to choose from for water lovers. Wreck Beach, Red Beach, Clam Bay, Butterfish Bay, and Monkey Beach are just a few of the beaches accessible through the island's extensive network of walking trails. You'll be able to learn about the island's rich Aboriginal history and diverse native wildlife, which includes over 90 species of birds, by walking along these paths.

Best Time: May-August

Location: Island in The Keppels, Australia
18

Lady Musgrave Island

The entire island is made up of coral polyps and is covered in a thick pisonia forest, She-Oaks, and Pandanus trees. The island is home to a forest walking trail, a lighthouse, and widespread serenity.  On Lady Musgrave Island, camping is one of the most sought after activities. You can only spend your nights in the campsites during your visit to the islands.

You'll sleep under a sparkling sky with just the sounds of waves in the distance for company, making for a rustic yet enriching experience. When you arrive at Lady Musgrave, one of the well known Islands in Australia, you'll get in the water for a guided snorkelling session armed with new information and a coral watch map.

Best Time: June to August

Location: Australia's Great Barrier Reef
19

Lady Elliot Island

On Lady Elliot Island, situated at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, it's easy to feel like a modern-day castaway, thanks to its incredible marine life and gleaming white beaches made entirely of crushed coral. In 45 minutes, you can walk around the emerald green-edged Islands in Australia, or dive or snorkel to see giant manta rays, colourful corals, whales, turtles, and dolphins.

Best Time: April - June

Location: Southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
20

Daydream Island

Daydream Island is a popular holiday destination among Australians because it provides a relaxing environment. The Daydream Island is ideal for families looking to unwind in a tropical paradise.

The Daydream Island is a great place to see the Great Barrier Reef's marine life up close. The living reef is home to a diverse range of unusual species. Nemos, rays, cod, and starfish all live in this area, which is fed by water pumped in from the sea.

Best Time: June, July, and August

Location: Island in Whitsundays, Australia
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  1. What is the best time to visit Islands in Australia?

    The best time to visit the Australia Islands would be from the month of September to the month of November and from the month of March to the month of May. The climatic condition of the Islands in Australia during this time of the year remains neither hot nor cold. You will surely be able to have a perfect walk around the pristine island destination.
  2. Which is the biggest Island in Australia?

    Kangaroo island happens to be the largest island in the city that is spread over an area of 4,416 square kilometres (1,705 sq mi).
  3. Which is the most beautiful island in Australia?

    Lady Elliot Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful Australia Islands. It is also one of the most sought after places in the whole world for snorkelling and diving. Heading over to this place, you will be able to check out the stunning Great Barrier Reef as well.
  4. Which are the best Islands to visit in Australia on a honeymoon trip?

    1. Lord Howe Island, New South Wales: Lord Howe Island lets you marvel at the tropical side of Australia’s Eastern Coast. It happens to be a crescent shaped world heritage site where you will feed schools of fishes and roam around in tranquility. This island can be visited by only 400 visitors at a single time which makes it no less than a private sanctuary.

    2. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland: Whitsunday Islands are a cluster of 74 island destinations that are scattered all over the cerulean waters of the Great Barrier Reef. heading over to this place, you will be able to spend time in relaxation along with your loved ones. You can also take part in various snorkelling activities to relive your adrenaline rush.

    3. Moreton Island: Moreton Island happens to be one of the fascinating places that you can visit during your trip to Australia. It is one of the most famous Islands in Australia known for its hot air balloon ride that takes visitors above the rolling hills and fertile vineyards. You will also be able to explore more than 120 wineries and gourmet restaurants. Apart from all these, you can also pamper yourself at some of the best spa and wellness centres in Australia.
  5. Which are the 3 largest islands in Australia?

    1. Tasmania: Tasmania is the largest island in Australia that is surrounded by almost 334 small Islands in Australia. It is located at a distance of 150 miles from Mainland Australia and about 1600 miles from Antarctica.

    2. Melville Island: With an area of 2234 square miles, it is the second largest Australian island which is located in the Timor Sea off the coast of Northern Territory. Melville Island alongwith nine other uninhabited islands are referred to as Tiwi islands.

    3. Kangaroo Island: Kangaroo Island happens to be one of the largest Islands in Australia which is located at a distance of 8.4 miles from Adelaide. The coastline of this island is about 336 miles. 

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