Australia, a big island in of itself, has over 8000 islands within the borders. These islands offer visitors a wide variety of natural beauty, wildlife, beach experiences and more, for the budget conscious to the luxury traveler.
Check out Australia's top island destinations, from Kangaroo Island and Tasmania on the southern coast to Fraser, Hamilton and Lizard Island off the eastern shores.
Kangaroo Island is located off the southern coast, a short distance from Adelaide. Kangaroo Island is Australia's equivalent to the Galapagos Islands, show-casing a variety of animals including koala's, sea lions, wallabies, echnidas, penguins, a variety of birds and of course kangaroos. The island is approximately 100 miles wide, has over 300 miles of beautiful coastline, gorgeous bays and stunning natural formations like the Little Sahara and Remarkable Rocks.
Tasmania is about the same size as Ireland. Hobart, the capital, is the second oldest city in Australia and the largest in Tasmania, home to over 200,000 residents.
Just off the coast of Brisbane lies Moreton Island. The area is also known as Tangalooma, and is a wonderful resort island for families. The biggest attraction on this island are the wild dolphins that come in at sunset every night. The Tangalooma Bay Resort is the only place where one can hand feed the dolphins.
Hervey Bay, on the west side of the island, claims to be the whale watching capital of the world. The best time to observe whales is between July and October.
The Whitsundays is a group of 74 island wonders located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Here one can find everything from secluded beaches to luxurious resorts. Only a few of the islands have resorts on them. Hayman and Hamilton Islands are the two most popular destinations. Hayman is pure luxury. It is a private island resort and can only be accessed via a private yacht transfer from Hamilton Island. A wide variety of accommodations can be found on Hamilton, ranging from resort hotels to apartments and secluded bungalows.
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