With over 900 islands in the state of Queensland, it can feel overwhelming to pick just one. How to choose from so many excellent island holiday destinations? Most of the 900 are uninhabited. Some are privately owned. Others are, naturally, too small or too remote to be visited. This still leaves dozens of islands to choose from.
The best Queensland island holidays combine history, nature, and community to create unforgettable experiences for you and your family and friends. North Stradbroke Island, or “Straddie” has all three. It’s located at the southern end of Moreton Bay. With a local population of just three thousand, it’s a community without being a crowd. The island is perfectly shaped to allow for both peace and adventure.
The warm and silky sand dunes of the beaches offer the chance to swim, surf and fish in clear blue seawater. The western side of the island is sheltered and offers a calm and blissful retreat. Couples, adventurers, nature lovers, and families all can enjoy their island holidays in Queensland With harmony.
If you’re excited for you and your family to discover more of Australia’s rich history, North Stradbroke Island in QLD for your holidays in QLD. North Stradbroke is home to historical sites both European and Aboriginal. Your first stop is the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum in the small town of Dunwich. Learn the history of North Stradbroke, and visit Dunwich Cemetery, home to the graves of typhoid victims and the unlucky shipwrecked. With many of the graves unmarked, it’s a place rich in mystery. Explore the Aboriginal shell middens on the island and learn about the Minjerribah Moorgumpin people from the elders themselves. They kindly host talks on indigenous cultures and bush tucker cuisine.
If you want that safari feel, North Stradbroke is the island for your adventures. The island is crossed with paved roadways, but many nooks and lakes can only be reached by four-wheel drive. You can bring your own four-wheel drive and explore. If you’d rather be guided you can book a tour with a reputable operator and let them take you to the best spots. If you’re less confident as a driver you can join a tagalong tour.
If you’re determined to travel responsibly, you are the kind of visitor that North Stradbroke welcomes. The island is home to sanctuaries for local flora and fauna. Plastic bags are banned on the island. There are 8 beachfront camp grounds, which goes to show how clean and spacious these luxurious areas are. If we travel cleanly and responsibly, part of our destination but not a disruption to it, we can keep places like this Queensland island open for future holidays.
If you want a sand island that’s even larger than North Stradbroke, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. It’s more than 120 km from end to end. When an island is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, you know you’re in for a treat.
If you’re looking for a more tranquil experience, to leave people behind and surround yourself with calming natural sounds, Long Island’s Eco Retreat is the resort for your QLD island holiday. It’s secluded and entirely solar powered, with a maximum of 20 guests. It’s only accessible by helicopter, and you can relax in small group experiences like quiet yoga and spa treatments.
For a journey into the depths of the ocean, choose Lady Elliot Island for your island holiday in Queensland. It’s at the southernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is part of a green zone and it’s a no-take area, which means no activity is permitted if it risks destruction. When an island is this strictly preserved, you know it’s a gem. And the conservation works: there are more than 1200 species living on the island, and you can observe them at more than 20 dive sites. If you’re not yet a pro diver, you can hone your skills with PADI diving courses taught on the island. If you want something shallower, the island is home to the second best beach for snorkelling in the world.
Fitzroy Island, Moreton Island, Hayman Island are the most family friendly island holiday destinations in Qld. Lizard Island Resort is open to children older than 10, Long Island to teens older than 14, while Orpheus Island is more couple-oriented. With such a variety of experiences, Queensland offers an island holiday to suit anyone. To know more about our QLD island holiday packages and more island beach accommodation, please contact us!