If you’re looking for an island escape, Australia boasts plenty of options with over 8,000 islands within its maritime border. Whether you are looking for a tropical island holiday for your family, a secluded paradise to relax and unwind, or a romantic destination to celebrate love with your partner, these five Australian island getaways should definitely be on your short list.

Orpheus Island, Queensland


If you’re looking for an intimate and private escape, this is the place to be. Accommodating only a maximum of 28 guests at a time, Orpheus Island is a secluded tropical island on Australia’s World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.  Take a dive and discover the fringing reef’s most diverse ecosystems, enjoy a romantic sunset dinner on the pier, or cruise the beautiful surrounding waters on a day trip.

HOW TO GET THERE

This picturesque luxury hideaway is just a 30-minute scenic flight from Townsville or a 90-minute flight from Cairns via private helicopter. The helicopter transfer will be arranged with your accommodation.

THINGS TO DO

The fringing reef surrounding Orpheus and the neighbouring islands are home to some of the region’s most diverse marine life. Here, you can get up close with nature and swim with manta rays, reef sharks, and, depending on the season, even humpback whales. If you’re looking to explore the island and have that romantic moment with someone special, you can rent your very own dinghy and discover the many pristine beaches and bays of Orpheus. You can also take a relaxing scenic cruise aboard the Maree Ann or The Explorer; these tours are all about the history and diversity of the fringing reef while gliding over the magnificent coral gardens.

WHERE TO EAT

The restaurant at Orpheus Island Lodge offers a contemporary and daily-changing menu that highlights the riches of the region through fusion cuisine. Featuring freshly caught ingredients and locally grown seasonal delights, each meal is guaranteed to be unforgettable. For the ultimate romantic experience, opt for a private dinner on the pier backlit by the sun setting over the Coral Sea. 

WHERE TO STAY

Orpheus Island

Orpheus Island, Queensland


An exclusive island escape on the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island is an all-inclusive resort that offers luxury accommodation ideal for couples.

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Kangaroo Island, South Australia


Isolated from the mainland and a sanctuary for wildlife, Kangaroo Island is a pristine wilderness off the coast of South Australia. At 155 kilometres long and up to 55 kilometres wide, the island is covered with dense bushland, soaring cliffs, sand dunes, wetlands, and massive arcs of white beach. Here, you can indulge in fabulous food and cellar doors, coastal activities and water sports, and discover the abundant wildlife on nature walks and hikes.

HOW TO GET THERE

Kangaroo Island is only a 30-minute flight from Adelaide airport and serviced by Regional Express Airlines daily. The island is also accessible by sea; Sealink operates two large ferries between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw KI, with additional services during peak times.

THINGS TO DO

Kangaroo Island offers plenty of exciting experiences and activities, including quad biking, sandboarding, kayaking, adventure caving and more. Or, explore the island’s scenic terrain on foot; with dozens of hikes and walks around the island, there are trails to suit everybody. After getting the most out of the land, head to the sea where the possibilities for coastal activities are diverse and endless. The tranquil coves and clear waters of the island are perfect for swimming, diving, snorkelling, fishing and sailing.

WHERE TO EAT

Considered as some of Australia’s finest, Kangaroo Island’s sumptuous food is a gastronomic and visual feast prepared from the freshest locally-grown ingredients. If you feel like modern Australian cuisine and gorgeous ocean views, check out Sunset Food and Wine just outside of Penneshaw. You can also enjoy local seafood and devour fresh oysters at The Oyster Farm Shop. The rustic and intimate Kangaroo Island Spirits distillery is also a highly recommended experience.

Southern Ocean Lodge

Kangaroo Island, South Australia


Boasting a sublime eco-friendly design, Southern Ocean Lodge is a multi-award winning luxury lodge on the pristine and secluded Kangaroo Island.

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Stowaway Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, South Australia


Designed for relaxation and indulgence, Stowaway Kangaroo Island is a luxurious retreat for couples looking for an intimate escape.

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Snellings View

Kangaroo Island, South Australia


Relax and unwind at Snellings View, a luxurious hilltop beach home located on the beautiful Kangaroo Island.

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Bedarra Island, Queensland


Situated in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in North Queensland, Bedarra Island is an exclusive island getaway where unique experiences and utmost relaxation awaits.  The island is considered as one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets, offering privacy and seclusion for those who don’t wish to be found. Bedarra also presents an intimate setting to reconnect with your partner or an opportunity for friends and families to have an unforgettable tropical island experience.

HOW TO GET THERE

Bedarra Island lies in between Townsville and Cairns in North Queensland. From either city, you can take a helicopter ride to the island, or take a 2-hour coastal drive to the beautiful town of Mission Beach and take a charter or water taxi.

THINGS TO DO

Feel pampered and relaxed in this beautiful island setting. With a limited number of guests at any time, you are guaranteed to have seclusion and solace. Bedarra Island boasts a diverse range of reef experiences such as day and overnight tours, aerial tours, and scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef. You can also enjoy whale watching, or get up close and swim with dolphins. This stunning island also offers a number of water activities including sea kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkelling, and self-guided nature walks through the verdant rainforest.

WHERE TO EAT

The self-contained accommodation options on the island feature fully-equipped kitchens with all the equipment you need to prepare sumptuous gourmet meals. However, you’ll need to be prepared as there aren’t any shops on the island and everything needs to be ordered in advance. We definitely recommend cooking up a barbecue, preparing an intimate dinner on the beach or packing a gourmet hamper in your own dinghy for a romantic picnic.

East Bedarra Island Retreat

Bedarra Island, Queensland


Located on the Great Barrier Reef, East Bedarra Island Retreat is a private island getaway for couples seeking the ultimate romantic escape.

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Bedarra Island Villa

Bedarra Island, Queensland


Secluded and tranquil, Bedarra Island Villa is a luxury beach house located on the remote island of East Bedarra in Tropical North Queensland.

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Lord Howe Island, New South Wales


Experience the stunning surroundings and pristine beaches of the World Heritage listed South Pacific paradise, Lord Howe Island. Up to 11 kilometres long and 2 kilometres wide, the island offers spectacular attractions, sea to summit expeditions, and amazing wildlife adventures for all types of visitors. This tropical paradise is also considered as Australia’s premier bird watching destination, with 130 recorded species and 14 seabird species based on the island.

HOW TO GET THERE

This multi-award winning island is less than a 2-hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane. Qantaslink flies most days from Sydney, and from Brisbane on the weekends, all year round.

THINGS TO DO

Lord Howe Island is abundant with marine life below its crystal clear waters, making it one of the top destinations for fishing, scuba diving, and snorkelling. There are also plenty of things to do and explore on the island, such as day-hikes to the highest mountain on Lord Howe – Mt. Gower, or the awe-inspiring caves and waters surrounding the remarkable Ball’s Pyramid. If you are looking to get in touch with nature and meet the wildlife, the island is teeming with lush mountainous terrain and dozens of well-marked walking trails through banyan forests.

WHERE TO EAT

Lord Howe Island features the best of both homestyle and contemporary cuisine. Here, you can delight in barbequing outdoors along the beautiful beaches with your family and friends. If you’re craving freshly caught seafood and locally grown produce, the Anchorage Restaurant near the iconic Lagoon Beach is a great gourmet destination. For elegant yet casual international dishes paired with exquisite wines, Arajilla Restaurant is also a must-try.

Capella Lodge

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales


Located on the pristine World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Capella Lodge is a luxurious boutique lodge perfect for couple getaways.

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Arajilla Retreat

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales


Located on the beautiful island of Lord Howe, Arajilla Retreat is a haven of relaxation, nature and tranquillity just a two hour flight from Sydney.

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Blue Peter Beach House

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales


A tranquil getaway for just one couple, Blue Peter Beach House is a private and luxurious holiday home located on magnificent Lord Howe Island.

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Bowker Beach House

Lord Howe Island, New South Wales


Experience the best of Lord Howe Island at Bowker Beach House, a private luxury beach house tucked away in a secluded tropical forest.

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Hamilton Island, Queensland


Sought-after and considered one of the most popular among the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Hamilton Island is a spectacular paradise surrounded by pristine white beaches, coral gardens, and marine life. The island offers plenty of things to do such as water sports, golf, and gastronomic adventures. It is also a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and famous Whitehaven Beach.

HOW TO GET THERE

The modern and fully-equipped Hamilton Island Airport is the main air hub for the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. Operators such as Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia offer direct flights daily from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Ferries are also available throughout the day from Port of Airlie and Shute Harbour.

THINGS TO DO

Experience the breath-taking beauty of Hamilton Island and the Great Barrier Reef from either the air or the sea. Here, you can take a helicopter or seaplane scenic tour to see the iconic Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Or, discover what’s under the stunning waters around the Whitsundays and visit some of the world-famous dive sites. Later, you can be a bit more adventurous and fly across the water on a jet ski, or get up close with nature on a sea kayak.

Hamilton Island is also home to one of the world’s most spectacular golf courses. Keen golfers who are looking to play a few rounds on a course with scenic views will certainly enjoy the 18-hole championship course at the Hamilton Island Golf Club.

WHERE TO EAT

Hamilton Island features award-winning restaurants, cosy cafés, and a whole selection of inviting bars. Beach Club Restaurant offers an amazing dining experience with its spectacular beachfront setting and contemporary, seasonal menu. You can also dine at Bommie Restaurant, a premier fine dining experience overlooking the Whitsundays. If you are looking for one of the most exciting places to eat on Hamilton Island, visit Coca Chu and indulge in delicious South-East Asian cuisine.

WHERE TO STAY

qualia

Hamilton Island, Queensland


Located on the exclusive Hamilton Island, qualia is a private luxury world class resort offering a sensory experience in the beautiful Whitsundays.

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Beach Club Hotel

Hamilton Island, Queensland


An idyllic couples retreat, Beach Club Hotel is a 57-room luxury property on Hamilton Island with direct access to the white-sands of Catseye Beach.

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Yacht Club Villas

Hamilton Island, Queensland


Set on the scenic and serene Hamilton Island, Yacht Club Villas are luxurious waterfront private villas perfect for a family or group of friends.

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No City Limits

Hamilton Island, Queensland


Nestled in a private waterfront locality on Hamilton Island, No City Limits is a luxury villa boasting breath-taking Whitsunday views.

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Inspired to tick these islands off your bucket list? Get in touch with one of our Getaway Specialists to assist booking your next island getaway.

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