From fluffy white sand to ancient shipwrecks, majestic cliffs and exotic wildlife, the 8 000 Islands surrounding Australia attract visitors from around the world. Whether it’s a family getaway or a luxury escape you’re chasing Australia has an Island just for you, and the best part is you won’t need a passport for the over-seas journey! Here are LayAway Travel’s Top 4!
Where the rainforest meets the reef, this spectacular National Park is surrounded by the Great Barrier and sits just 45 minutes from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland. Popular with families the boutique resort features an outdoor pool, spa and a swim up bar. Snorkel with clownfish and turtles off the beach, book a sunset sail or visit Nudey Beach, voted Australia’s #1. End your adventure with a private beachfront. Catch the air-conditioned regular ferry to reach the Island.
The newly renovated Daydream Island Resort is a slice of paradise for adventure and wildlife lovers. Home to over 100 species of marine life, from coral, stingrays, starfish and sea cucumbers you’ll stay in the midst of The Living Reef, a coral lagoon holding over 1.5 million litres of water. With an Asian fusion buffet, three bars and a poolside bar, you have no need to leave the Island. Book a Great Barrier Sea adventure or a dive off Whitehaven Beach.
With stunning beaches, warm weather and the Great Barrier Reef as a backdrop, Hamilton Island is the perfect place for a weekend escape or a family getaway. Find your spot by an island pool, enjoy a massage or explore and take in the magnificent views on an island buggy. Less than a 2-hour flight from Sydney, Hamilton is the only island with its own airport and direct flights landing daily.
One of Australia’s largest sand islands this unspoilt paradise sits right on Brisbane’s doorstep. With no roads you need a 4wd to get off the beaten track and explore. Home to 600 Bottlenose Dolphins, every evening a small pod venture into shore where you’ll get a once in a lifetime opportunity to feed them! Sand Taboggan down the sand dunes, snorkel off the coast and relax to the sound of the crashing waves!