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Australia Beach & Island Escapes


  • Bushwalking to Passage Peak, Hamilton Island

Why is Australia a great place for a beach and island escape?

Australia is a diverse wonderland of gorgeous beaches, unique islands and incredible wildlife. Island escapes in Australia are as diverse as its tourists - from idyllic white sand beaches and tranquil waters to beaches where there is more wildlife than human -  there is an island getaway for every type of traveler. Island hop around Tasmania, swim with wild dolphins, discover marine life on the Great Barrier Reef, relax in luxury on Hamilton Island, hang out with Quokkas on Rottnest island, take a dive on the remote Christmas Island or immerse yourself in Indigenous culture on the Tiwi Islands. Whether for relaxing, adventuring, education or all of the above, an Aussie island escape is unlike anywhere else in the world.

What are the top beach and island vacations/activities to do in Australia? 

In New South Wales, you’ll find Bondi Beach in Sydney, popular with locals and tourists alike. Venture further north to Newcastle Beach for some of the best surfing in the country. Visit Lord Howe Island for sandy beaches and coral rich waters. 

Share the beach with wildlife on Phillip Island, take a swim on St. Kilda beach in Melbourne, or surf on Torquay along the Great Ocean Road. Queensland is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, with so many nearby islands and a multitude of activities on offer. Visit the Kuranda rainforest or ake a guided 4WD safari to see Fraser Island’s shipwrecks and famous coloured sands.There is no shortage of gorgeous beaches, unique wildlife or exciting activities in Queensland, making it the perfect beach and island destination.

Tasmania is unique in that much of its wildlife is endemic and so much of its wild beauty is untouched. Tasmanian beaches are not known for their warm swimming temperatures, but they are perfect for strolling or exploring and hiking the wilderness nearby. Stay along the waters edge in Freycinet or have a picnic on Coles Bay for a coastal Tassie experience.

Beach & Island Escapes

  • Byron Bay Adventure

    Australia’s most easterly point, Byron Bay has been a much-loved haven for artists and free thinkers for decades.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 603
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Classic South Pacific with the Cook Islands

    This classic vacation showcases the Polynesian, Maori, and Aboriginal cultures of the South Pacific on a journey from the Cook Islands to New Zealand and Australia. Enjoy the beaches of Rarotonga, explore the rainforest around Auckland, tour the Sydney Opera House, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,279
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Classics (Bestsellers), Multi Country Vacation Ideas, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Daydream Island Escape

    Escape from your daily life with a stay on Daydream Island. Relax in the world-class resort and take advantage of its premium amenities while you explore the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel through coral gardens, feed sharks and stingrays, and enjoy the year-round warm temperatures of the Whitsundays.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 541
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon
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  • Fitzroy Island Resort

    Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Just 45 minutes by boat from Cairns, Fitzroy Island Resort is an affordable 4.5 star resort that offers a range of exquisite accommodation including Suites, Studios, and Beach Cabins.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 165
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
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  • Fraser Island

    North of Brisbane is the ecologist’s paradise of Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort found amidst ancient rainforests and an abundance of wildlife.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 518
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
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  • Hamilton Island

    Perfectly situated in the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: great weather, brilliant beaches, coral reefs and wildlife as well as numerous activities.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 632
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Hamilton Island: Qualia: Stay of Distinction

    Hamilton Island has become the byword for luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. Qualia, on the island’s northern tip takes the concept one step further.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,435
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Hayman Island Stay of Distinction

    Australia’s most iconic private island resort returns, re-imagined and better than ever. From 1 July 2019, Hayman Island welcomes you to its oasis of serenity and beauty. Surrounded by verdant slopes, crescent-shaped white beaches, and celestial-blue sea, Hayman® Island by InterContinental offers an all-sensory experience.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,136
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Romance & Honeymoon, Stays of Distinction
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  • Heron Island

    Discover beautiful Heron Island, on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 538
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
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  • Lizard Island: Stay of Distinction

    Secluded luxury takes on new meaning at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,819
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Monkey Mia Dolphins

    Goway's Monkey Mia Dolphins is a Beach and Lodge Stay that visits Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort in Shark Bay, a World Heritage Listed area.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 316
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Orpheus Island Resort: Stay of Distinction

    Escape to a luxury resort on a secluded island in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy stunning premium amenities and meals catered to your tastes and be at leisure to explore a marine world of coral reefs, bright fish, and breathtaking deep-blue waves.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,308
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Luxury and Beyond, Stays of Distinction
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  • Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

    Find freedom and solitude on this adventure into the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Spend a week aboard the Coral Discoverer and snorkel alongside potato cod and reef sharks in the Ribbon Reefs, follow in the footsteps of Captain Cook in Cooktown, and search for saltwater crocodiles and cassowaries on the Daintree River.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,419
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Paperbark Camp: Goway Nature Experience

    Escape from the city like a Sydneysider with this unique and comfortable stay in Australia’s wilderness. Paperbark Camp is about immersing yourself in nature, ideally located near Jervis Bay.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 499
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reefsuites: Sleep Underwater on the Reef

    Spend a magical night in Australia’s first underwater accommodation and have a front row seat to the dazzling underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Be prepared for an intimate experience that will stay with you forever.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 575
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing, Romance & Honeymoon, Stopovers/City Breaks
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  • Revitalise on the Reef: Cairns to Cairns

    Recharge your body and mind as you discover the stunning underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend a week aboard the Coral Discoverer and take part in daily wellness workshops as you explore the Queensland coastline and dive through the Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,023
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Tangalooma Dolphins

    Hand feed wild dolphins at one of Brisbane’s favourite escapes.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 236
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes
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  • Whitsundays Escape

    Indulge in the Whitsundays mainland, a vibrant village with thriving community markets. Enjoy a helicopter ride to a deserted beach or explore the rainforest, the choice is yours.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 346
    Trip Type:
    Beach & Island Escapes, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Australia See Trip Details
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