How many tropical islands would you like to choose from? A dozen? A hundred? Well, what would you say if we told you there are close to 1000 islands in the stretch of Tropical North Queensland coastline that is flanked by the Great Barrier Reef? Some are just tiny coral islands, many are declared National Parks, and some are home to luxury resorts. We have selected the best and most popular islands of the region to make your choice a little easier. Whatever you're looking for in a tropical island getaway, we've got an island for you.
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The islands off the coast of Cairns offer a variety of experiences, from an affordable family vacation, to an opulent getaway on your own private isle. The one thing that they all have in common is the Great barrier Reef on their doorstep... literally! Snorkelling, diving, fishing...
If it sounds corny when we describe the Whitsunday Islands as 'the glimmering jewels in Queensland's crown', that's only because you haven't been there yet. These are the quintessential tropical paradise islands that you've dreamt of. But don't take our word for it...
Magnetic Island has become a popular stop on the east coast 'trail', but is a 'real' slice of Australia. While most of the island is National Park, and a haven for bushwalkers and nature lovers, the rest of the island is home to over 2000 proud (and very fortunate) Aussies.
Off the coast of Mission Beach, 180 kilometres south of Cairns, hilly Dunk Island is largely national park, with pristine beaches and tropical rainforest walks. It's a favourite for scuba divers, and there is a campground on the island, as well as a resort and spa, and a nine hole golf course.
Wild and rugged Hinchinbrook Island is part of the country's largest island National Park. Its waters are home to dugongs and green turtles. You can spend days on the mountainous walking tracks, or relax in the resort on the northern tip of the island, and do nothing but enjoy the view.
Lizard Island is one among thousands - a work of art where the nature is the artist, located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. With 24 magnificent white sandy beaches, Lizard Island should be top of your list for a paradisiac holidays.