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.

 

Bedarra Island

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.

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 in 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 exciting activities for you to get a thrill out of 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.

Where to stay

Indulge in luxury and unforgettable experiences on your getaway in one of these superb island retreats. Set right on a private beach is East Bedarra Island Retreat, an exclusive and romantic escape with two bedrooms and a beautiful salt water plunge pool. Another popular choice for families and groups is Bedarra Island Villa, a luxurious beach house with two grand bedrooms and a studio. Both accommodations are surrounded by lush forest and picturesque views of the turquoise waters.

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.

 

Hamilton Island

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.

Things to do

Experience the breath-taking beauty of Hamilton Island and the Great Barrier Reef from either the air and 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 adventurous and fly across the water on a jet ski, or see nature up close 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 also 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

For a truly memorable experience on your island getaway, spend your days at some of the best accommodation options on Hamilton Island. Immerse yourself in unrivalled luxury at qualia, a world-class resort set in the most pristine and secluded position on the island. Another great option is the Glasshouse Hamilton Island, an exclusive holiday home with five bedrooms and a stunning infinity pool, perfect for families and groups. In addition, you can also check out No City Limits, an executive private villa with four bedrooms and hidden away in harmony with nature.

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. Coach connections are available from Brisbane, Townsville, or Cairns to the Port of Airlie transport terminal.

 

Kangaroo Island

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.

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 out 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.

Where to stay

Boasting unsurpassed coastal views and considered as the country’s first true boutique luxury lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge is a multi-award winning retreat with 21 luxe suites and a stunning infinity plunge pool. This is an ideal choice for couples or a special occasion. A great choice for large groups or two families travelling together is Snellings View, a sophisticated beach house set on a hilltop comprising of two identical wings that can each cater for up to six guests.

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. Mainland coach connections are available from Adelaide and Goolwa to Cape Jervis.

QantasLink will offer flights to Kangaroo Island from both Adelaide and Melbourne from December 2017. 

 

Lord Howe Island

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.

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.

Where to stay

Disconnect yourself from the world and focus on relaxation in one of these amazing accommodation options. Surrounded by Banyan trees and only seconds away from the white sandy beach is Arajilla Retreat, a fabulous escape with twelve spacious suites with one & two bedroom options. If you are looking for a sophisticated and indulgent getaway, Capella Lodge is a luxurious boutique lodge with nine individual suites and a renowned restaurant on-site. There are also self-contained holiday homes that great for couples such as Bowker Beach House and the enchanting Blue Peter.

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.

 

Orpheus Island

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 

Things to do

The fringing reef surrounding Orpheus and the neighbouring islands is 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

Indulge in a spectacular tropical hideaway at Orpheus Island Lodge, an exclusive resort for just 28 privileged guests at a time. This superb retreat boasts luxe accommodation, over-water pavilion, restaurant, infinity pool, and everything you need for a perfect beach getaway.

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.

 

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.