Phillip Island, a short 90 minute drive from Melbourne, is well known for its "Penguin Parade". Each night at sunset, hundreds of little fairy penguins come back to their burrows on the beaches after having been at sea all day. The penguins are protected, so the only way to observe these lovely creatures is with a park pass that offers variety of viewing options. Phillip Island offers spectacular coastal views and animal parks. Phillip Island is also home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Tasmania is Australia largest island and is considered the best island in all of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In fact, it is has been rated as one of the top 10 islands in the world. Tasmania is quite diverse, and visitors are treated to beautiful natural wilderness (1/3 of it is "untouched"), history, heritage and culinary delights. And of it course it is home to the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
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.
Fraser Island, located approximately 120 miles north of Brisbane, is the largest sand island in the world and a world heritage site. It is a wonderful family destination, with its white sandy beaches and over 100 freshwater lakes to explore. 4-wheel drive on 75 Mile Beach, walk through ancient rain forests, take a hike to the crystal clear Lake McKenzie or learn all about the Aboriginal history of the island. Fraser Island is also home to the Dingo, supposedly the last of the pure breed in eastern Australia.
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.
Lizard Island is a national park located about 150 miles north of Cairns and was named by Captain Cook for all the goannas that can be found all over the island. The area is very secluded and can be reached only by private aircraft from Cairns. It offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef to a fortunate few. Lizard Island is an ultra luxury resort, with only 40 suites.
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