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Islands of Australia

The continent of Australia includes a number of offshore islands, a large number of which contains holiday resorts and various travel attractions.

Bathurst Island
This is part of the Tiwi Islands group north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, a place to visit for its indigenous people, culture, arts and crafts.

Daydream Island
Queensland's Daydream Island is one of the smaller islands in the Whitsundays with resort accommodation and facilities for guests and daytrippers.

Fraser Island
Australia's fourth largest island and the world's largest sand island is a popular holiday destination off the Queensland coast.

Great Barrier Reef Islands
Great Barrier Reef islands off the coast of north Queensland comprise coral islands, vegetated sand islands and continental islands.

Green Island
One of the most accessible and popular islands on the Great Barrier Reef is Green Island, a 12-hectare coral cay set in a 710-hectare reef bed just about 30 kilometres from the far north Queensland city of Cairns.

Hamilton Island
About 900 kilometres north of Brisbane, in the heart of Queensland's popular Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is one of the more accessible islands on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Hinchinbrook Island
Hichinbrook Island, separated from the northeastern Queensland coast by Hinchinbrook Channel, is a wilderness island which invites eco-tourism and activities such as hiking and snorkeling.

Heard Island
Located in the sub-antarctic region, Heard Island is the largest island in Australia's outlying Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands.

Heron Island
Along the Tropic of Capricorn, 72 kilometres east of the Queensland town of Gladstone, Heron Island has fine white sand beaches, clear blue waters, colorful reefs, interesting marine creatures. Enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving adventures.

Kangaroo Island
Australia's third biggest island is still largely wilderness area which, at the same time, is close enough to South Australia's capital city for a day's excursion. This is a haven for lovers of beach, bush and wildlife.

Lord Howe Island
Roughly 500 kilometres east of Port Macquarie on the northern coast of New South Wales, Lord Howe Island is a place of natural forests, crystal clear water, pristine sand beaches, the world's southernmost coral reef, and a variety of bird and marine life, some of them rare and endangered species.

Macquarie Island
Macquarie Island, a sub-antarctic island located in the Southern Ocean, is part of Tasmania.

Magnetic Island
Northeast of the city of Townsville, Magnetic Island is one of the nearer coastal islands fringing the Great Barrier Reef.

McDonald Island
This is part of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands group which is a sub-antarctic territory of Australia.

Melville Island
Australia's second largest island after the island state of Tasmania, Melville Island is part of the Tiwi Islands group.

Phillip Island
Everyday at sundown hundreds of fairy penguins come out of the sea and return to their burrows on Phillip Island's Summerland Beach.

Rottnest Island
Close to Perth and Fremantle, Rottnest Island is a haven of beaches, corals, historic sites, and a colony of what Dutch explorers thought were giant rats.

Just across Bass Strait from Victoria lies Tasmania, Australia's only island state.

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