Five Unspoilt Australian Islands
Australia is never short of wondrous moments that it can offer you, whether you are partying at Sydney or snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, or watching the sunrise at Uluru. However, there’s a lot more of Australia that is left to be seen and enjoyed (other than the mainland!), its islands. There are over 8200 islands within Australia’s maritime borders other than the good old Tasmania.
Given below are brief descriptions of Australia’s five precious islands that you should not miss visiting.
If you are a fan of wildlife and the outdoors, a trip to Kangaroo Island would be just right for you. The car can be ferried from Cape Jervis across to Kangaroo Island. The water body that you cross is interestingly called Backstairs Passage and you get to see an open-air zoo of animals such as dolphins, seals, varieties of birds and the kangaroos. If you are interested in water sports, Kangaroo Island has a lot to offer: surfing, diving, snorkeling, and swimming. You can also participate in spectacular short bush-walks. You can have a comfortable stay in small and convenient cottages or beach houses that are available. Tour companies organize as much as three ferry trips on a daily basis between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw in Kangaroo Island.
A miniature Tasmania if you can call it that, it is a gourmet’s delight over and above being rugged and beautiful. It is found in the south-eastern side of Tasmania and is barely populated. Bruny Island is all about miles of windswept beaches and pristine wilderness where you can walk undisturbed. If you are a food lover, you better do justice to the oysters, smoked seafood fare and the cheeses, not to mention the southerly wine that is available here.
Ferry rides ply between Roberts Point on the northern part of the island and Kettering as many as ten times in a day. The island is pretty crowded and long queues are common during summer weekends and during the Christmas and Easter holiday season.
Sand that is drifting off from the northern coast of Brisbane is held together as the Fraser Island. Added to the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in 1992, Fraser Island is the biggest sand bar in the whole world that is home to a wide variety of marine, animals and bird life. To savor the tropical paradise that is Fraser Island, is to take the Great Walk, which is a 90-km walk that takes you through the interior of massive rainforests, blue lakes and shifting sand dunes.
Fraser Island is connected to the mainland by ferries that even carry the vehicles across. There are two services: one that departs from Inkskip Point close to the Rainbow Beach or the service from River Heads that lies to the south of Hervey Bay.
The Whitsundays is a pristine archipelago of more than 90 colorful islands that are found off the coast of Queensland.
A part of the World Heritage Area of the Great Barrier Reef, it extends from Cape York in the north and is bounded by Bundaberg in the southern side. Tour companies that operate out of Airlie Beach make available multi-night sailing trips through the numerous islands of the archipelago. There is a lot of scope for snorkeling for those who are interested. Whitsunday Island contains one of the finest beaches in Australia called the Whitehaven Beach and is a must-visit for any tourist who visits Australia.
Also called by the name KI by the locals, King Island lies in the Bass Strait off the northwestern tip of the Tasmanian Island. Covered with verdant pastures that would best suit a commercial, the island houses the King Island Dairy. The dairy has been made famous with its string of award-winning assortment of blue cheeses, cheddars and bries. This feast of cheeses would definitely be welcome after a hard day of surfing at KI’s beaches, rated as the best in the country.
The island is well connected by air, with the King Island Airlines flying in to the island from Melbourne Moorabbin, Tasair operating flights from Hobart and Devonport and Regional Express from Melbourne Tullamarine.
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