5 Queensland islands perfect for a short break

Queensland Islands

From the Surfers Paradise to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland is known for being a holiday hub with magnificent beaches. But beyond the coast there are a whole host of Queensland islands waiting to be explored during a weekend trip or a short break. If you’re wondering where to explore on your next island escape, take a look at these Queensland beaches to take your pick from.

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1. Moreton Island

Moreton Island

Found off the coast of South East Queensland and just a 75-minute ferry trip from the port, Moreton Island is a popular spot for travellers visiting Brisbane. Here you can feed the local wild dolphins, go four-wheel driving, snorkelling or simply make your way to the beach for a dip in the ocean.

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2. Hamilton Island

Queensland Islands

In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and part of the Whitsunday’s stunning series of islands, Hamilton Island is known for its beautiful coastlines just as much as its restaurants and nightlife. Take some time out to snorkel the reef, indulge yourself with a day at the spa or reignite your sense of adventure with a bush walk and kayaking tour.  

3. Fraser Island

Queensland Islands

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The world’s largest sand island stretches 120km and visitors can only get around in a four-wheel drive. Whether you’re taking your own car or going with a tour group, it’s the best way to get the most out of this enormous and captivating natural wonder. Some of the favoured tourist activities on Fraser Island include a swim at Lake McKenzie or a fishing trip at 75-Mile Beach.  

Stradbroke Island

Queensland Islands

The great thing about Stradbroke Island is, you don’t need a four-wheel drive to get around. Simply jump on the ferry or barge from Cleveland and you’re on your way. Keep an eye out for native wildlife as koalas can be spotted in the trees and dolphins are regularly seen off the coast of Amity Point.

Daydream Island

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Queensland Islands

The joy of Daydream Island can be found on land and in the water. Go sailing, scuba diving, kayaking or fishing if you love the water, or give giant chess and beach volleyball a go while you’re still on land. There are also outdoor cinema clubs and helicopter riders for those looking to see as much of the island as possible.

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