Island exploration in Australia

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Explorers dare not miss the coastal beauty of Australia. The country is gifted with 25,000 kilometers of coastline and over 8,000 islands. It is unsurprising, therefore, that island tours are among the top activities for adventurers with a tourist visa to Australia. And when it comes to island tours, the five listed below attract visitors with their pristine character:

Phillip Island

One and a half hours from Melbourne lies Phillip Island, a holiday destination that nourishes nature lovers in its 6,800-acre national park. Tourists can start the day walking or biking around or lazing by the beach. For more active tourists, they can tour the racetrack for the Superbike World Championship, the Australian Grand Prix and the V8 Supercar event. But what will surely stay in the memories is the bristling penguin parade that happens around dusk every day. Tourists should not miss being up close with the island’s wildlife: mutton birds, wombats, fur seals, pelicans, kangaroos and koalas.

Fraser Island

Even more entertaining than the 40-minute ferry ride from the coast of Queensland is the arrival to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. This narrow volcanic remnant consists of sand that has become its primary asset. Available for exploration are the pristine forests with century-old trees, sand dunes, freshwater lakes, sandstone cliffs, and of course, the fauna (possums, gliders, turtles and dingoes). August and October are tourist favourites for offering an amazing scene: the sight of an estimated 1,500 humpback whales swimming in the waters close by.

Lord Howe Island

The idea of a tourist island that limits its number of visitors at any one time conjures words like “almost deserted,” “no traffic,” and “perfectly idyllic.” That is exactly Lord Howe Island, a World Heritage-listed jewel two hours by plane from Sydney. The island only has about 300 inhabitants, only two resorts, few vehicles, and no nightclubs. This totally disconnected island spells paradise with its popular Ned’s Beach, where tourists only need to step into the water to see fish swimming around their feet. Ball’s Pyramid is one of the many dive sites, and hiking on volcanic outcrops and golfing near Mt. Lidgbird are other activity options.

Wilson Island

Providing literal isolation from the modern world, Wilson Island in the Great Barrier Reef area is another paradisiacal island 72 kilometers from Queensland. Its beauty is only offered to 12 persons at one time, and given that it is completely disconnected, lucky tourists can spend most of their time with nature—snorkeling to spot manta rays, watching newborn turtles zigzag down to the ocean, walking about the island, or enjoying gourmet food in one of the six specially made retreats.

Lizard Island

Another island frequented by tourists who want to rejuvenate is Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef area. This over 1,000 hectare national park is famous for 24 white-sand beaches that brings the lucky few close to diving sites like Cod Hole and stunning coral reefs. Cook’s Look, the highest point, is great for watching bird species like goannas. Swim in the reef-circled Blue Lagoon, tuck in indulgent gourmet meals, lie on the sand to watch stars at night, or simply appreciate the island of Captain James Cook.

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