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Discover an island escape across the beaches of Queensland

Discover an island escape across the beaches of Queensland

With easy access to endless rainforests, beautiful beaches and postcard-worthy islands right off the coast from south to north, the opportunity to explore Australian nature in its purest form has never been easier than it is in Queensland. Here’s where to go and what to do if you’re seeking an unforgettable trip to Australia, jam-packed with breathtaking beaches and island getaways.

Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island is famous for its incredibly diverse marine life and vibrant coral reefs (Tourism and Events Queensland)

At the southernmost tip of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island is a must-visit for anyone who loves spending time by the ocean and witnessing marine wildlife. This idyllic island was formed six million years ago from a coral reef growing out of the water, meaning the beach is made almost entirely of coral. It’s mostly famous for its huge populations of giant majestic manta rays and marine life, including multi-coloured parrotfish, reef sharks, green and loggerhead turtles and gliding eagle stingrays. There’s also an incredibly diverse population of seabirds and migratory species, from wedge-tailed shearwaters to striking red-tailed tropicbirds. Lady Elliot Island also serves as a model for sustainable tourism, operating on renewable energy and actively participating in projects aimed at preserving and regenerating coral reefs.

North Stradbroke Island

For laid-back island life, North Stradbroke Island is your calling. With easy access from Brisbane, you can combine seeing all the city sights with a slice of beachside bliss. It’s the second-largest sand island in the world and is characterised by incredible landscapes of sandy beaches, freshwater lakes, mottled dunes and thick bushland. Get stuck into all kinds of outdoor activities like swimming, surfing, bushwalking and whale watching at Point Lookout during the migration season. Here you can also don your hiking boots and head along the North Gorge Walk, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins, turtles and other marine life frolicking in the neighbouring sea. The island has countless pristine beaches, including Cylinder Beach, Frenchman’s Beach, and Main Beach, where you can enjoy swimming, surfing and soaking up the sun.

Moreton Island

Explore the Tangalooma Shipwrecks on a kayak tour (Tourism and Events Queensland)

Moreton Island is another adventurer’s haven just over an hour from buzzy Brisbane. You could easily spend an entire week knee-deep in…

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