Top 10 Pristine Islands in Australia

Top 10 Pristine Islands in Australia

The country is so rich with natural wonders, that it could take you a lifetime to explore it all. But besides the continental treasures and the Great Barrier Reef, hundreds of pristine islands surround Australia. They will please both – the adventurers as well as vacationers. Check out our ten choices and share your favorites with us.

10. Middle Island

Found in the Recherche Archipelago, the island has one of the greatest natural wonders in the world and the most beautiful pond of the kind – Lake Hillier. Not even the scientists know for sure why it is pink; they speculate it is caused by certain bacteria. The easiest access to the island is by plane – it is a two hour flight from Perth.

Why to go there?

Observe the extraordinary lake. There is also a veriety of activities on the coast of Esperance, that include walking and cycling, horse riding, scuba diving, whale-watching, windsurfing, fishing, abseiling, kayaking and 4WD drive tours.

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9. Moreton Island

The world’s third largest sand island lies only 58 km of Brisbane and close to Fraser Island. The nature is versatile providing numerous activities. Tourists can explore dense forests, rocky outcrops, old shipwrecks and of course pristine beaches. High dunes are perfect for sandboarding. Variety of animal and bird species also attract wildlife lovers.

Why to go there?

Great beaches, rich wildlife, various activities, easily accessed.

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8. Tiwi Islands

Also known as the islands of smiles, Tiwi group is found 100 km north of Darwin. 90 percent of the population is Native Australians, who have settled here 7000 years ago. It is not easily accessed: you will need a permit and to arrange a tour with an Aboriginal guide. However, it is totally worth the efforts: the nature as well as culture will provide an authentic and unforgettable experience.

Why to go there?

A rare opportunity to explore unspoiled fascinating nature, Aboriginal art and culture.

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7. Kangaroo Island

The island, easily accessed from Adelaide, is a home for a variety of rare animals. First of all – it is a haven for kangaroos, of course. The wildlife aficionados can also enjoy company of platypus, koalas, seals, penguins, pelicans and more. There is also a winery, perfect for a wine tasting trip. The water is perfect for swimming and diving, while the island can be explored on scenic drives.

Why to go there?

The best place to explore versatile wildlife. The island is also suited for those, who love outdoor activities.

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6. Victoria’s Islands

The most popular among hundreds of Victiorian islands are Phillip and French Islands, found only 90 minutes from Melbourne. Exciting Motor Cycle Grand Prix Circuit takes place here. It is home to koalas and penguins; also visitors can go on a seal watching cruise. And of course – vast beaches attract the swimmers.

Why to go there?

Suitable for adventurers and families; great nature and towns.

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5. Sydney Harbour Islands

The group of islands surround one of the most exciting Australian cities. It includes Cockatoo Island, enlisted as UNESCO world-heritage site. Sydney Harbour Island tour is a popular activity, which introduces to the history and the main landmarks. Glamorous camping on the Cockatoo Island is one of the most unique and favorite activities.

Why to go there?

Found next to Sydney, features historic architecture, great views. Exciting tours around are offered.

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4. Tasmania

The pace here is much slower and the visitors can enjoy quiet beaches, shipwrecks and rich wildlife. Recognized as an island state, Tasmania is located 240 km from the continent. The place features wonderful nature, that features striking Wineglass Bay, and hip cities like Hobart, where visitors can try great foods, wines and enjoy the nightlife.

Why to go there?

A wonderful blend of unspoiled nature, hip cities and historic heritage.

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3. Lord Howe Island

Two hours from Sydney, the volcanic island is a jewel of Eastern Australian coast. It is only 11 km long and 2 km wide. Coral Sea rinses its shores and it has a beautiful strip of the Great Barrier Reef. It also features rare animals, volcanic peaks and rainforests. The natural beauty of Lord Howe Island has been very well preserved.

Why to go there?

Only 400 visitors are allowed to be there at a time, therefore it is a perfect place for a quiet getaway.

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2. Fraser Island

The largest sand island in the world, listed as a World Heritage site, is located only 200 km from Brisbane. It attracts both – the vacationers, who are looking for sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and luxurious lodges, and adventurers, who can explore versatile wildlife, sleep under the stars in the campsites and go on the guided fishing tours.

Why to go there?

Impeccable nature, crystal clear Lake McKenzie, various activities, suited for everyone’s taste.

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1. Whitsunday Islands

A group of 74 islands scattered in the Coral Sea, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef, is a divine place. White soft sand and crystal clear warm water is a definition of a heavenly getaway. Whitehaven Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world – the 7 km stretch of sand features a striking fusion of colors. The best way to explore the islands is by sailing or flying.

Why to go there?

A unique place indeed, best for leisurely holiday.

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