Three islands off Queensland to visit this winter

The islands off Queensland are numerous and beautiful. While it’s true that Covid restrictions are still in place, there are still a whole lot of gorgeous beaches and stunning natural beauty that everyone can soak up this winter. Queensland is Australia’s sunny state of tropical beaches, blue skies and just the small matter of the world’s largest coral reef.

The islands off Queensland are a magnet for both beach bums and adventure travellers alike. Whether its kicking back on the beach on Magnetic Island, watching wild dingoes roam the beaches of Fraser Island or having your breath taken away in the Whitsundays, the islands off Queensland never disappoint.

Magnetic Island – a magnet for Captain Cook (and koalas!)

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Just 15 minutes by boat from Townsville, Magnetic Island is so called because it appeared to have a “magnetic” effect on Captain Cook’s ship’s compass when he sailed here back in 1770. This same magnetic effect is still in full force for travellers who are attracted to its countless secluded bays, excellent bush walking trails past pine and eucalyptus trees, snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef just offshore and getting the chance to spot one of the 800 or so wild koalas who call the island home. It has an easy going tropical charm and many travellers end up staying longer than they planned.

Fraser Island – an unique habitat for Australia’s only wild dog

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Our own slice of paradise is open for business again, with certain restrictions but all the wild, natural beauty that makes Fraser Island one of the top visited islands off Queensland. The largest sand island in the world is a unique place of untouched wilderness, a 175 mile beach (which doubles as a highway) wild dingoes and tonnes of opportunities to hike, swim and explore. The wildlife here is some of the most diverse and unique in Australia including the purest strain of dingo to be found in the country. When it comes to finding the perfect spot to rest after a day of adventures, the consistent top choice for Fraser Island glamping is right here at Beachcamp! Located next to the beach, fully Covid-safe and surrounded by a dingo fence, it’s the perfect place to rest and relax during your Fraser Island adventure this winter.

The Whitsunday Islands – remote paradise islands atop the Great Barrier Reef


When it comes to islands off Queensland, the Whitsundays always score highly with travellers. With an enviable position directly over the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays are a collection of 74 (mostly uninhabited) islands surrounded by turquoise waters and spectacular marine life. Whitehaven Beach is located on Whitsunday Island itself and has been voted one of the best beaches in the world on numerous occasions. A few days cruising the clear blue waters here are blissful, as is walking on sand made of 98% pure silica making it the softest you’ll feel against your toes probably in your life. The Whitsundays are not to be missed!