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Beyond the Mainland: Unveiling Australia's Most Enchanting Islands

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26-Apr-2024 Lou Fox

Beyond the Mainland: Unveiling Australia's Most Enchanting Islands

Unforgettable Australian island getaways

Australia boasts an astonishing array of islands, each offering a unique blend of natural beauty, adventure and relaxation. From the tropical paradise of Orpheus Island to the rugged wilderness of Tasmania, there is an island getaway to suit every taste.

Whether you're considering a luxury holiday to Australia and want to discover the best places to visit or are looking for the ultimate secluded escape, read on to discover what's on offer from the islands in The Land Down Under.

Kangaroo Island

Australia's third-biggest island impresses everyone who visits, boasting amazing beaches, unbelievable wildlife and incredible dining experiences. Only a short 30-minute flight from Adelaide Airport, this beautiful island offers fun for everyone.
Kangaroo Island is a nature lover's paradise, with opportunities to spot kangaroos, koalas, sea lions and even penguins in their natural habitats. With endless opportunities to get off the beaten track and over one-third of the land on the island protected across 30 National and Conservation Parks, it's no wonder this unique island is such a wildlife hotspot!
Kangaroos looking at the camera on Kangaroo Island
Wild Kangaroos
Picturesque beaches
Picturesque beaches
There's no better way to immerse yourself in the island's incredible landscapes and diverse wildlife than with a stay at Oceanview Eco Villas. Spread across 500 acres with magical coastal views, this is the perfect sanctuary for those seeking a tranquil escape.
And with just two luxury villas at this sumptious escape, you'll have the privacy and the freedom to discover Kangaroo Island however you choose. Explore the walking trails that wind through the property, taking you past native bushland and past stunning coastal cliffs. Keep an eye out for echidnas, wallabies, wedge-tailed eagles and even the elusive platypus that each call this island home.
Oceanview Eco Villas
Oceanview Eco Villas
If you're seeking more excitement during your visit to Kangaroo Island, consider going on an adventure with a knowledgeable guide. Discover the island's secret treasures, which include serene beaches, challenging hiking trails and Seal Bay - the largest sea lion colony in Australia.


Revelling in isolation, the island of Tasmania is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With its rugged wilderness, pristine beaches and ever-evolving culture, Tasmania offers a truly immersive island experience like no other.
Explore the iconic Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park on foot as you take in the ancient rainforests and glacial lakes. Explore the charming streets of Hobart. Discover the fascinating history of the Salamanca Market. Learn about the convict-built Port Arthur Historic Site. Embark on a culinary journey and indulge in fresh seafood and world-class wines. Whether you're seeking adventure, culture or simply serene surroundings, Tasmania has something for everyone to enjoy.
Hobart Harbour
Hobart Harbour
The perfect base for your Tasmanian adventure, Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania offers luxurious accommodations with stunning views of the Freycinet Peninsula. This sustainable property blends effortlessly into its surroundings and activities are boundless here.
From relaxing spa treatments and cookery classes to exclusive distillery tours or Tasmanian devil experiences, you won't be short of fun and adventure. The beach is just a two-minute stroll away, perfect for a morning swim or a leisurely sunset walk. After an evening stroll, retreat back to the hotel for a gourmet dining experience on hand-shucked oysters. The on-site restaurant showcases the best of Tasmanian produce, with a menu that changes daily to reflect the freshest ingredients available.
Kayaking at Pelican Bay
Luxury Suite
Luxury Suite

Lizard Island

Australia's northernmost island resort, Lizard Island basks in a tropical climate year-round, promising sunshine-filled days and balmy nights. A jewel in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef, this secluded island paradise boasts pristine white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and a thriving marine ecosystem teeming with life.
With over 20 stunning beaches waiting to be explored, Lizard Island offers an unparalleled playground for beachcombers, sunbathers and water enthusiasts. Find your own private paradise at Horseshoe Bay, boasting soft white sands and calm, clear waters that are ideal for swimming. Embark on a snorkelling or diving adventure and discover the vibrant coral reefs that are teeming with marine life. Or for those seeking a more active experience, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for exploring hidden coves and inlets.
For a truly relaxed and unforgettable beach holiday, Lizard Island is a luxury resort that allows you to indulge in the magnificence of the Great Barrier Reef. A luxury escape like no other, the hotel's surroundings are secluded and tranquil, and with no mobile phone coverage, you'll feel a million miles from the stresses of modern life. Unwind in the hotel's sumptuous spa or take your relaxation to the next level with a glass-bottomed kayak paddle, offering a glimpse into the vibrant underwater world.
Beyond its paradisical beaches, this relaxed island offers a plethora of other activities to discover. Explore the island's national park with its unique flora and fauna, go on a guided reef exploration cruise or take a scenic helicopter tour for a bird's eye view of the stunning Great Barrier Reef. Witness the majestic migration of humpback whales or explore the wonders of the legendary Clam Gardens.

Orpheus Island

A tropical paradise that's only accessible by helicopter, Orpheus Island is the perfect destination for a luxurious and secluded getaway. Unlike its neighbours, this island gem remains largely untouched, promising an experience that feels refreshingly off-the-beaten path. Here, you won't find crowds or commercialised activities, just a pristine haven that has thrived undisturbed.
The perfect location for people looking to escape the everyday, Orpheus Island offers a chance to reconnect with nature in its purest form. Embark on guided nature walks to uncover the island's unique flora and fauna. Learn about the delicate balance of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem with educational talks by resident marine biologists. Or, simply lose yourself in the serenity of a secluded beach.
Boat on Orpheus Island
Boat on Orpheus Island
If you crave a touch of adventure, this stunning island offers opportunities for snorkelling and diving amidst vibrant coral reefs teeming with life. Spend time in the Orpheus Island National Park and uncover the secrets of the rainforest on guided nature walks. Hike through hidden trails teeming with unique flora and fauna, where you might spot a shy wallaby or encounter a vibrant bird of paradise.
For those seeking pure relaxation, Orpheus Island Lodge, the island's sole accommodation, embodies barefoot luxury. Relax by the infinity pool overlooking the turquoise waters, indulge in a gourmet picnic prepared by award-winning chefs and venture out in one of the island's motorised dinghies or simply unwind on your private balcony, lulled by the gentle sounds of the ocean.
Outside dining
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Lou   Fox

Lou Fox

Content Executive

Ready with a guidebook and my camera, I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world. From learning to dive in Egypt to traversing the theatres and museums in NYC, I'm passionate about exploring the planet and writing about what the world has to offer.

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