- Discover Islands
Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is a must see on your tour of Australia. In fact many people will name Fraser as their absolute highlight of their time in Australia. You will understand when you go there. You can leave from Hervey Bay or Rainbow beach.
4WD is the only way to get around Fraser as there are no roads, just sand track. This is what makes Fraser so much fun, four wheeling on the sand. The beaches are beautiful but do not go swimming in the sea whatever you do. The waters around Fraser Island are a breeding ground for Tiger Sharks, one of the most feared sharks in the world. Swim instead in one of the many freshwater lakes or creeks spread throughout Fraser, especially Lake Mckenzie, Lake Wabby, and Lake Allom, where you should see some turtles.
Drive along 75 mile beach, which is Fraser’s highway, where you will see the Maheno shipwreck, an old luxury liner that washed up on the shore in 1935. There's also the Pinnacles, a natural multicoloured sand formation. Float lazily down Eli Creek to its mouth on the beach. Climb Indian Point to go shark spotting or carry on further south to the champagne pools.
You will almost certainly see the native dingoes, the only pure bred dingoes left in Australia. Do not feed them, they can become aggressive. A nine year old boy was killed by dingoes at Waddy Point in 2001, so stay away from them, they are not like pet dogs. If you leave food out at your camp you will receive a $250 fine from the rangers, they take this very seriously.
Take a cruise or go sailing on the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. Leaving Airlie Beach take a two or three day trip around these incredible islands. You will most likely visit Whitsunday Island, the largest of the islands. This is home to Whitehaven beach, possibly one of the most beautiful beaches on the planet. Also take a walk up the Hill Inlet Lookout for spectacular views. Hook Island is the second largest island in the group. There's great snorkelling here, especially at crayfish beach. There's a resort here, the Hook Island Wilderness Resort, where you can camp or enjoy the facilities and activities. Go to Hamilton Island, the largest resort in the south pacific, for a different side to the Whitsundays, with shops, restaurants and bars, or not. The Whitsundays are on the Great Barrier Reef and offer some spectacular diving. Make sure to include the Whitsundays in your trip.
Situated just off the coast of Townsville, (20 mins on ferry, 30 if you have a car) the beautiful Magnetic Island is well worth a look. If you just want to recharge your batteries and laze on a hammock, Magnetic Island is a great place to go. If you want to partake in something more exerting Magnetic Island also has plenty to offer. The reef is just a couple of hundred yards off the shore and is great for snorkelling. You can camp out or live it up in 5 star accommodation.
Rent a car and take a drive around the island. Head down to Geoffrey Bay to see the rock wallabies. Take the forts walk to spot koalas, as well as to check out the forts that were built for World War II. Even better, rent out jet-skis and discover the island from the sea. This is a great way to see the island, which is mostly hidden from the average tourist. Check out Alma, Cocker and Bolger Bay as well as Wilson, Joyce and Norris Bay.
If you like to party, don't worry because Magnetic Island hosts Australia’s only Full Moon Party. This takes place every month at Nelly Bay on the nearest weekend to the full moon. It features international DJs and is good fun.
Hinchinbrook Island is situated just south of Cairns in Far North Queensland. You will need a permit to camp on this island, no campfires are allowed and there are crocs in the waterways, but don't let all that put you off. This is a beautiful island made up of unspoilt national park. You may see wallabies and giant tree frogs among other things. If you're up for a real challenge, walk the Thornsborne Trail. It's a 32km walk and takes at least three days to complete. Purify or boil any water you get from creeks, and watch out for those crocs.
Just off the coast of the Town of 1770 lies Lady Musgrave Island, a great place to dive and the island itself is very nice.
This island is off the coast of Bundaberg and only accessible by plane. There's good diving and snorkelling here as well as whale and turtle watching.
Moreton Island is just off the coast of Brisbane. Some say this island is as good as Fraser for four wheeling and the wilderness. It's also less crowded. There are plenty of shipwrecks off the coast that make great diving and snorkelling. There's wild dolphin feeding at Tangalooma. Contact the EPA (32278186) for camping permits, information and maps of the island.