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Did you know that Australia has more than 8000 islands? It is not just one giant country but is a country with so much more than just its land mass in the middle. The islands around Australia are doused in their own natural beauty.

While there are plenty of traveling blogs telling you which territory to go and visit to see the kangaroos and the koalas, there are fewer telling you about the many Australian islands that are mind blowing enough to visit.

Best Islands in Australia to Visit

Below, we have got some of those amazing picture worthy places in eastern Australia to travel. So get your wallet ready to book your next break!

1. Whitsunday Islands

This is one of the most popular destinations for native Australians who are looking to get away from the rat race of the cities and who crave some tranquility. There are 74 islands made up of from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the Whitsunday is the largest of them all.

In the north of the region we find the Daintree jungle, the Whitsundays islands and the tropical islands of Lizard and Hayman. In the south is the cosmopolitan city of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Fun fact: the sand is so pure here that you can literally brush your teeth with it!

2. Magnetic Island

Reachable by ferry from Townsville in Far North Queensland, Magnetic Island is very popular with backpackers and for good reason. The Reef, the koalas, the IslandLife Beach Festival and the many bars right along the beach are just a few of them.

3. Fraser Island

There are so many tours that come to Fraser Island, and it is because it is the largest sand island in the world. The waters may be too rough to swim in, but there are safe lakes that are within the island and so worth going to see. You will encounter dingos and a eucalyptus forest, so bring your camera.

4. Phillip Island

Melbourne is famous for many things, but Phillip Island is one of the most famous. Why, you ask? The PENGUINS! The penguin parade is located here, and people go to see it happen every year. It is also a very popular spot for surfers, and when you want to catch a wave and relax on the beach, Phillip Island is the place to be.

5. Lord Howe Island

A piece of paradise, Lord Howe can be found 600 KM south of Sydney and is basically a volcanic remnant. Hikers will love the walking trails and the stunning choice of peaks to scale, but it is a little outside the backpacking budget given that you can only get there by plane. It is worth the ticket, though, especially if you want to enjoy coral pools.

6. Kangaroo Island

Travelers who happen to be hardcore animal lovers will love exploring Kangaroo Island. A number of people are choosing to explore offbeat destinations such as this and not just sticking to the popular ones such as Adelaide among others. This is among the best places you can head to if you wish to experience the exotic wildlife of Australia undisturbed.

Kangaroo Island is the ideal place to meet the Australian fauna, where we can see sea lions, koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, penguins and various birds. In their real environment, the animals are free and uninhibited so you can enjoy watching and perhaps interacting with a few of them, with expert supervision of course.

It is a bit of an obvious name, but Kangaroo Island is famous for its wildlife. There are also koalas aplenty and seal colonies and wombats that live here, meaning the animal lovers out there will never want to leave. Take a couple of days on the island to truly revel in the experience.

7. Great Keppel Island

If you are a beach lover who needs to see some new ones, there are seventeen to be taken in when you get to Great Keppel Island. You can go beyond the backpacker trail and take in the sunshine while you are hopping between islands.

8. Penguin Island

In Shoalwater Islands Marine Park lies Penguin Island. Steal a day away enjoying a day with the smallest penguins in the world. Not only that - you get to watch rare Australian sea lions as well as wild dolphins when you go on a cruise. Go swimming, snorkeling, or enjoy a picnic while waiting for your ferry to come and pick you up.

9. Rottnest Island

For an incredible day trip experience, head over to Rottnest Island, also known as Rotto by the locals. In Rottnest Island there are quokkas practically in all the island but it is certain that sometimes they are difficult to see. When you are pedaling observe well on the sides of the road, they are usually put under trees where there is good shade.

If you see that there are people standing still, it's probably because there are quokkas there. Be patient, you'll get sick of seeing them! How to move around the island? Wondering what the best way to explore Rotto is? The best way is to rent a bicycle. Grab yourself a bike! Bicycles are recommended as there are no cars on the island. Wearing a helmet when you go by bike is mandatory in the state of Western Australia, Rottnest Island is no exception.

All it takes is a short ferry trip, and you can see the serene waters by swimming, kayaking, diving, and fishing. There are several ferry companies that depart both from Fremantle and from Perth to Rottnest Island. They are mainly found around the village and in the northeast (for example in Geordie Bay).

Missing tennis or golf? You'll have no problem as Rottnest Island offers such activities to its visitors too. There are quite a few areas with cabins to stay. The types of accommodation range from simple campsites, to bungalows, hotels, apartments and a hostel.

Parker Point and Little Salmon Bay are protected areas with excellent snorkeling options. It is best to come here in the morning. In the north there are other beaches in Australia to snorkel, although not as good as the previous ones. They are Little Armstrong Bay, Parakeet Bay and the popular The Basin. It is best to come in the afternoon.

10. Tasmania

It is the smallest state of Australia but offers a wild and unspoiled nature declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. We can visit Cradle Mountain National Park, Lake St Clair, Liffey Falls, Flinders Islands, Port Arthur, Bruny Island and Wineglass Bay.
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  1. I've always wanted to visit Australia. If money and time were no object, I would tour the entire island starting with these islands!

  2. AHHHH hit me with the wanderlust why don't you! They all look amazing!


  3. Are there so many islands in Australia? Maybe you don't think about it because this contains itself is! Thank you for the tip!

  4. Australia is in my bucket list for ages! I really want to travel there and see it all and enjoy it the fullest. I only hope this dream will come true

  5. I can't believe i've never been to Australia yet, ugh!!! Soon i hope. Thanks a lot for the awesome post.

  6. I had no idea Australia had so many islands, but omg, I need to go to Phillip Island and see penguins!! I tweeted your post so I don't forget this list.

  7. I'd love to go to Australia one day. I've heard so many great things about it.

  8. I've been to various cities in Australia but never the islands. Got to make my way back there with my husband this time round and check these out!

  9. Wow, I didn't realise Australia had quite so many islands! These eight look like some beautiful islands to explore.

  10. To go island hopping in Australia would be amazing! I'd have to go to Phillip Island because of the penguins!

  11. I've heard so many good stories about Kangaroo Island and I've been wanting to visit for so long. I am so thankful I came across this post.

  12. I've always wanted to visit Australia! This is a great roadmap to help navigate your way to all those islands! Great information!

  13. I am so happy I saw this post! I didn't know about all these fantastic treasures in Australia! I would love to visit one day and go on an island adventure!

  14. Australia is one of the country that I really want to visit and seeing these lists of beautiful places from that country pushes me to work hard and make a plan to visit that amazing place.

  15. Gorgeous! Australia is high on my list of countries to visit, it looks incredible. I love everything about it and I haven’t even been there yet!

  16. So many places to check out. Australia has always appealed to's such a beautiful place and I hope to see it someday!

  17. Haven't got an opportunity to explore that part of the world yet! Hope to visit Down Under someday in my life!


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