bedarra island in the family group of islands

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Islands

Idyllic escape from the everyday

There are islands and then there are the islands of Tropical North Queensland, which are among the most beautiful in the world.

Scattered right along the coast, the islands of the Great Barrier Reef offer an idyllic escape from the everyday. Whether you want to camp out and fall asleep beneath a blanket of stars, or prefer to lie back in luxury and enjoy a little five-star pampering, there is an island that’s right for you. And with many of the islands accessible by ferry or even water taxi, getting there is easy.

If untouched nature is your thing, Dunk Island delivers, with its golden reef-fringed beaches, virgin rainforest and well-maintained campground – all just a quick boat trip from Mission Beach. If you’re partial to a hike, don’t miss the 9km trail that takes you through fern forests and eucalypt stands to the island’s highest point, Mount Kootaloo.

For a family-friendly, easily-accessible option, Fitzroy Island is hard to go past. Wander its pretty bush tracks to access beaches such as Welcome Bay and Nudey (definitely not nudist), the latter strewn with dramatic granite boulders. Expect to encounter turtles and clownfish in the shallow reefs that surround the island.

Looking for something more indulgent? Bedarra Resort, beloved by the likes of Elton John and Russell Crowe, is the perfect romantic retreat, with just eight luxurious villas. Or try Lizard Island, where the reef begins just metres from the beach and where world-famous dive sites such as Cod Hole are within easy reach. Lizard’s other great attraction is its beautiful beaches. With 24 to choose from, you can count on finding a deserted stretch of sand whenever you need one.

Hang out in paradise at Fitzroy Island, just 45 mins from Cairns

Be guided through the rainforest on a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk at Mossman Gorge

Hike to the summit at Fitzroy Island for spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef

This island life

Discover the perfect patches of paradise that are the islands of Tropical North Queensland.

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