The Best of Australian Islands – While Australia itself is an island, did you know it’s the largest one in the world? And that it’s surrounding by over 8,000 additional islands? And every one of them is bathed in the warmth of the southern sun and enveloped by the Pacific. If you’re considering visiting each one of Australia’s islands, you might want to clear the next 15 years or so – that’s how long it’d take to visit all of them for just a day. Which in all respects is probably not something that just anyone can do – so, if you’re pressed for time and can only get to a few of Australia’s islands, these are our suggestions.
Fraser Island is basically the world’s largest sand barrier. The island formed as sand accumulated off Brisbane’s coast. Fraser Island is quite the evolutionary catch-all – nowhere else on the planet can you see an ecosystem that completely developed out of the sand yet shelters all types of bird life, animals, and of course, an abundance of marine species. Unsurprisingly, UNESCO recognized Fraser Island as a World Heritage Site back in 1992. The best way to explore Fraser Island is on foot via the Great Walk – a 90-kilometer journey through incredible lakes, vistas, jungles, and sand dunes.
Kangaroo Island is home to abundant wildlife in its 2,700-square-miles of land. Even so, the island’s local population is small. As a result, the natural ecosystems of the island have been kept preserved. You’ll find a rich variety of species – so much so it’s like being in a natural zoo of sorts – yet the animals live in absolute freedom. In addition to opportunities for ecotourism, you can also take part in scuba dives, rainforest treks, and surfing.
Lord Howe Island lives up to its regal name with 11 incredible beaches – all of which are uniquely beautiful and enjoy incredible biodiversity. This small island is found in the waters of the Tasmanian Sea, jus shy of 400 miles to the east of the main continent. In fact, a flight to Lord Howe Island is less than two hours away from both Sydney and Brisbane. If you’re looking for the optimal relaxation, this island is it – the government only allows 400 visitors per day.
No matter which of the Australian islands you choose to visit, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life.