Australia is a land of astonishing diversity. This extends to the many, numerous islands that are scattered around the country. They range from idyllic tropical paradises to wild, windswept places.
Although popular spots like Kangaroo Island and the Whitsundays showcase some of this diversity, you get the whole picture when looking at Australia’s less-known islands.
These islands are a great way to add depth to your next Australia trip. These places are often overlooked and prove there is more to an island getaway Down Under than beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.
Magnetic Island, QLD
Magnetic Island offers a unique twist on the idyllic tropical paradise that many visitors to Australia imagine. This is because there are many other things to do while the island off Townsville boasts iconic beaches and palm trees.
Magnetic Island is home to 24 km of hiking trails that span the entire island. These trails allow you to explore the island’s beautiful national park and give insight into its past. Walking allows visitors to see the ancient rock art of the Wulgurukaba people and forts built during WWII.
Magnetic Island makes the Great Barrier Reef its home by offering amazing opportunities for water sports. Tourists can dive in shipwrecks such as the SS Yongala or snorkel in shallow waters at the island’s 23 beaches. These activities allow you to see the amazing array of marine life and corals that make this area so popular.
Bruny Island, TAS
Despite being a tropical paradise, Bruny Island is a stunning island thanks to its breathtaking coastal scenery. It is located south of Hobart, with the Tasman Sea at its doorstep. This island offers a variety of wildlife and culinary delights.
Visitors quickly realize that Bruny Island consists of two islands. One of the most famous sights on Bruny Island is the isthmus connecting them. This narrow strip of land, known as The Neck, is lined with beaches. Truganini Lookout offers a stunning view.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse, at the southern tip of the island, is another great spot to enjoy wild coastal views. You will feel like you are at the edge of the universe, and you may even spot fur seals living nearby.
Bruny Island is best enjoyed indoors by those looking to enjoy the delicious local produce. This pocket of Australia has everything you need to satisfy your palate.
Lord Howe Island (NSW)
Lord Howe Island, Australia’s remotest island, is worth a visit. There’s more to this tiny island, located 600 km from New South Wales and home to 300 people.
Lord Howe Island’s isolation means that the island’s wilderness and nature are almost unaffected by human development. Although spots like Neds Beach and Blinky Beach are beautiful and tempting, the true island is the mountain ranges.
Hiking is very popular. Some great trails lead up Mount Gower or to Malabar Hill, where you can see Ball’s Pyramid’s unique rocky island.
Lord Howe Island is a great choice for eco-friendly travelers looking for a relaxing getaway. The main means of travel here is by bicycle. There are many nature tours and lodging options, including yurts and lodges.
Rottnest Island (WA)
Rottnest Island, a popular day trip destination for Perth residents, is known as a peaceful getaway. It is best known for its quokka. These tiny native marsupials are a popular attraction on the island. They always seem in a good mood and can be found almost exclusively on Rottnest.
This tiny island off the coast of Western Australia is so underrated because it has so much more than cute animals. Rottnest Island offers 63 beaches, and the turquoise waters make it a great place for snorkeling or scuba diving. It’s easy to get around the island without a car. Bicycles are the best way.
Rottnest Island is also a great place to whale watch from late August through November. Humpback and southern right whales are often seen migrating together with their young.