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Orpheus Island, secluded Barrier Reef sanctuary

Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island has been a desirable remote retreat since the 1930s. Orpheus Island is the second largest island in the Palm island group.

Private, exclusive, and romantic, the island only caters to 42 guests at a time, at the Orpheus Island Resort. The resort is the only private land on the entire island.

The island caters to couples and honeymooners who are seeking sanctuary. There are no televisions, telephones, day visitors, dance clubs, or children under 15 on the island.

North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Bay

North Stradbroke Island is a beautiful sand island in Moreton Bay, home to 3,000 welcoming residents.

Locals endearingly call the island  – one of the world’s largest sand islands – “Straddie.”

History

Before 1896 North Stradbroke Island was part of Stradbroke Island but in that year a massive storm separated the two islands and created a waterway – the Jumpinpin Channel.

The island’s aboriginal name is Minjerribah. The first European settlers to stay on the island were three shipwrecked sailors; the local aboriginal community supplied them with food, shelter, and a canoe to help with their onward journey.

Mornington Island, Gulf of Carpentaria

Mornington Island is the largest and northern-most of 22 islands that make up the Wellesley Islands, which are located in the Gulf of Carpentaria. The Mornington Shire totals 1227 square kilometers, of which Mornington Island itself covers 700 square kilometers.

The island has about one thousand residents, most of whom live in the township of Gununa and most of whom are members of the Lardil and Kaiadilt Aboriginal clans.

History

During the early 1900s at the time of Australia’s “protection area,” children and people from tribes on the country’s mainland and area islands were removed from their homes and placed in missions on Mornington Island.

Moreton Island, one of the World’s largest sand islands

Moreton Island is sand island within Moreton Bay, in the south-east part of Queensland. 98% of the island’s landmass is the Moreton Island National Park, and the waters surrounded the island are part of a marine national park as well.

The island is very appealing to nature lovers, given the abundance of outdoor activities on the island.

History

Shell middens have been found on Moreton Island, pointing to Aboriginal populations on the island for 2000 years.

Europeans settled on the island in the mid-1800s, after a vessel was shipwrecked on the island.

Queensland’s oldest lighthouse sits atop Cape Moreton.

Marble Island, Duke Islands, Queensland

Part of the Duke Island group, Marble Island is a private island located 20km off the coast of central Queensland totaling eight square kilometers. The island lies within the Great Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Sited waters.

Well-traveled “yachties” consider the Duke Group of islands to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Queensland.

Those seeking ultimate quiet and R&R will appreciate the seclusion of Marble Island.

History

Marble Island was settled in the 1800s for agricultural purposes.  At the turn of the century mining started on a part of the island which had a source of iron ore.

Magnetic Island, near Townsville, Queensland

Magnetic Island lies right offshore Townsville in Cleveland Bay, Queensland. The mountainous island totals 52 square kilometers, and has become a veritable suburb of Townsville, with over 2,000 permanent residents.

Magnetic Island has some of the nicest weather in the Tropics along the North Queensland coast, making it a delightful destination for tourists. Located in a rain shadow, Magnetic Island boats over 320 days of sunshine a year, which is atypical for the region.

The island is known for its annual jazz festival, which attracts jazz loves from both within and without Australia. The event is held in August, and has been running for fourteen years.

Long Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Long Island is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Whitsunday group. The island offers three distinct resorts to island guests.

History

Archaeological evidence demonstrates that the aboriginal Ngaro people inhabited Long Island for as long as 8,000 years.

The first European settlers were shipwrecked onto the island in the 1820s  after their boat was damaged on a reef offshore. Unable to fix the ship, the crew of almost 60 lived on the island for three months before being rescued by another boat.

The island remained uninhabited until Carl Alderman moved onto the island in 1921 to grow bananas.

Lindeman Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

The only Club Med in Australia is located on Lindeman Island, the southernmost and warmest Whitsunday group island. This island has a relaxed all-inclusive feel, with guests comfortable knowing that everything is taken care of and they do not have to worry about a thing.

The island has the Whitsundays’ oldest resort, which Club Med took over in 1992. Club Med is a family-oriented resort, which offers a plethora of activities to suite every visitors taste, or guests can opt to do nothing at all!

History

The island was known by the Aboriginal population as “Yara-kimba,” which means the place of snapper-bream fish.

Keswick Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Located in the southern part of the Whitsundays, Keswick Island is a member of the Cumberland group of islands and is within the UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef area.

The island has a small number of residents, just a couple dozen, and remains relatively undeveloped, as there is no all-inclusive resort on the island. The island is quiet and secluded island for visitors compared to its much more developed neighbor, Bedarra Island, which is seven kilometers to the north.

Few visitors make it to this island. In the first quarter of 2009, over 700,000 traveled to the Whitsunday islands, but fewer than 700 visited Keswick Island.

Hook Island, Whitsundays, Queensland

Hook Island is the second largest of the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast, and it’s one of the Whitsunday’s most rugged, wild, and uninhabited islands.

The island is shaped like three downward-pointing fingers, with the island’s only resort on the tip of the third finger. 95% of the island’s landmass, or 58 square kilometers, is a national park – the second largest national park in the Whitsunday group.