Archive for the ‘Queensland’ Category

Hinchinbrook Island, tropical northern Queensland

A tropical island in Northern Queensland, Hinchinbrook Island is between the mainland and the UNESCO World Heritage sited Great Barrier Reef.

Most of the island (along with the Hinchinbrook Channel and neighbouring Goold Island) is part of the Hinchinbrook Island National Park.

The island is 399 square kilometers, making it the country’s largest island national park.

The island has no road network – the only way to get around is via ferry or by walking. This is not a destination for those seeking the trappings of a luxurious all-inclusive resort. But if you’re looking for peace and quiet and enjoying the environment – not jet skis, nightclubs, and hustle and bustle – this is the place for you.

Hayman Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Hayman Island is the northernmost island of the famed continental Whitsunday group. It totals less than 300 hectares, with its resort taking up 13 hectares.

The island is known for its 5-star resort, which caters to couples, honeymooners, and families, and hosts weddings, honeymoons, and conferences. Weddings in particular are very popular on Hayman Island, with wedding consultants who can plan every detail for weddings ranging from the most simple and exclusive to the most extravagant.

Natural environment

Hayman Island is a typical picturesque tropical island, with white sand beaches, forest, bushland, hills, rocky outcrops, ponds, waterfalls, and bays.

Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Hamilton Island is a popular member of the Whitsundays group in the Coral Sea, and is the second largest inhabited island in the chain.  The 5-square kilometer island almost exclusively caters to the tourist industry and to island visitors, though the small number of island residents (less than 1,500) is growing to support tourist businesses.

The island attracts guests of all types, and offers a multitude of land- and water-based activities to suit all tastes.

Haggerstone Island an exclusive resort, Queensland

Haggerstone Island is a remote, exclusive, and intimate island within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and off shore from the Cape York Peninsula. It is located over 100 miles from the nearest habitation, and guests must make a concerted effort to reach Haggerstone, as the island is accessible only by private light aircraft.

The island is owned by Anna and Roy Turner, and is one of Australia’s most exclusive private island resorts. The Turners were inspired to construct a Robinson Crusoe –style retreat. This is not a vacation experience for those who enjoy the trappings of an all-inclusive resort experience. But for those seeking solitude, immersion in nature, healthy freshly-caught cuisine, and a break from the fast-paced world of work and electronics, this is the island for you.

Green Island coral cay, Queensland

Green Island is a beautiful coral cay off the coast of Northern Queensland, almost 30km off the coast from Cairns, and situated within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park UNESCO World Heritage area.

The popular island destination is easily accessible by day trip from Cairns. The island totals about 15 hectares (300m by 650m, with a 1.5km circumference) but sits on over 700 hectares of reef, and located amidst substantive and beautifully diverse coral reefs.  Green Island is the only coral cay within the Great Barrier Reef chain that also has a rainforest.

Great Palm Island, Queensland

Known as Palm Island, Great Palm Island, or by its Aboriginal name “Bwgcolman,” this 64-square kilometer island is the largest in the Greater Palm group, and is located 65km north-west of Townsville in Queensland.

The island is home to a self-governing Aboriginal community called Bwgcolman. In total about a few thousand folks call Palm Island home. The town’s small island goes by several names, from the Mission, Palm Island, Palm Island Settlement to Palm Community.

History

Palm Island was named by Captain Cook due to the cabbage tree palms growing on the island during his exploratory travels.

Great Keppel Island, Queensland

Great Keppel Island is the largest island in the group of fourteen islands of the same name. It’s also known as Wappaburra, which means “resting place.”

The 1,400 hectare island is located 15km offshore from Keppel Bay town of Yeppoon, in Central Queensland, or 55km from Rockhampton.

Great Keppel can be visited for a day trip or an extended trip, and has something to offer all types of visitors – single travelers, families, and couples. The island’s economic centre is along Fisherman’s beach, where the vast majority of businesses are located.

Fraser Island, Queensland, World’s Largest Sand Island

Fraser Island is one of Queensland’s most popular destinations. A UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed island, and the largest sand island on the planet (totaling 1840km2), Fraser also boasts the world’s only rainforest that grows on sand.  Fraser Island is situated near Hervey Bay, is 120km long by 30km across its widest point.

Fraser Island boasts a 120km beach along the eastern shore.

Remote and deserted Fraser is not: the island welcomes about 600,000 visitors a year, but for good reason.

Pumpkin Island, Queensland, Unspoiled Eco-friendly

Pumpkin Island is a beautiful and humble little island along the Capricorn Coast, within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Reserve.  The island is situated 16km off the coast of Yeppoon, 10km north of Great Keppel Island, 42km east of Rockhampton, and over 650km north of Brisbane.

Totaling just 6.1 hectares (450M long and just 150M wide at the widest point!), the island is nestled in sheltered Keppel Bay, and surrounded by the Keppel group of islands (just south of North Keppel Island). The privately-owned island offers visitors eco-friendly accommodation in but five self-contained and self-catered beach cottages.  Wind and solar power provide electricity on the island, and freshly filtered rainwater provides drinking water for guests.

Daydream Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Daydream Island is a stunning and quiet island located in the Whitsunday’s island chain within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The Whitsundays Coast Islands are probably the most famous of all of the Queensland Islands, totaling 74 different islands.

Daydream Island – one kilometer long and half a kilometer wide – is well-suited for couples and families.

Natural environment

Daydream Island has three beaches, one of which – Lover’s Cove Beach – is surrounded by live coral and diverse fish life, providing a great venue for snorkeling right from the beach.