While the coast of Queensland ignites visions of golden beaches, towering sky-scrapers and vibrant esplanades, it’s the state’s islands that shimmer with possibilities. From the pristine shores of Hamilton Island to the rainforest-fringed beaches of Magnetic Island, Queensland is the place for a sun-drenched seaside getaway.
Just one of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton is a haven for adventure seekers. While the soft sands of Catseye Beach are the main drawcard, daily activities go beyond swimming and snorkelling. Here you can feel the wind in your hair on a jet-ski, drive a golf ball at the driving range, sail across the waters on a kayak or go off-road in an all-terrain vehicle. You can also take a ferry over to touch the silky silica sands of Whitehaven Beach.
Just eight kilometres off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island boasts an enviable location, found within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The island’s lush landscapes are a true natural wonder, with over fifty per cent of Magnetic Island classed as national park. With a wealth of native flora and fauna at your fingertips, hiking is a popular pastime. The island is also home to 23 pristine bays and beaches, just waiting to be explored. A scenic helicopter flight is also a must.
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Lady Elliot Island is a small coral cay found at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching only 42 hectares in size. However, what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in natural beauty, with exceptionally clear waters surrounding the island. It is highly regarded as one of the best spots for snorkelling and diving, with an abundance of marine life lurking below the surface including tropical fish, turtles, whales and dolphins.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Queensland’s capital, Moreton Island is a picture-perfect paradise and one of Australia’s largest sand islands. Spend time soaking in the sunshine where turquoise waters blend with silky white sand, or explore one of the 15 sunken shipwrecks. Extreme sand boarding is also on offer, but be prepared; this sport could have you reaching speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour!
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is a nature lovers’ paradise. Intertwining with unspoilt beaches are expansive freshwater lakes, verdant rainforest and spectacular sand formations. The beautiful 75 Mile Beach is where you will find popular swimming spot, the Champagne Pools, while the famous Maheno Shipwreck can be spied sitting just 10 kilometres north of Happy Valley.
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