Southern Queensland Islands

Gems of the South

Queensland’s Great South East is usually associated with stunning beach cities, such as the Gold and Sunshine coasts, but the region is also home to some amazing islands.

Easily accessible from Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, North Stradbroke Island (affectionately known as Straddie by the locals), is a stunning natural wonderland that will delight bushwalkers, anglers and divers alike. Great for the skin and hair, take a swim in the intriguingly named Brown Lake, a natural waterhole that has been coloured by the tannin from the surrounding tea-trees.

Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island, is home to a wild bottlenose dolphin population, and a visit to the resort offers you the choice of relaxation, nature tours and thrilling adventure activities, like sand-boarding on Moreton Island’s giant sand dunes.

The Southern Queensland region is also the gateway to one of Australia’s most popular tourist destinations, the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. As well as a mecca for 4WD drive camping trips, the island also features the superb, Kingfisher Bay Resort – a luxury eco-retreat and the perfect place to pamper yourself. If you time it right, you may have the chance to get up close to migrating whales sheltered in nearby Hervey Bay.

Insiders' Tips

  1. Take a Dip: The most famous of Fraser Islands 100 freshwater lakes, is the picturesque Lake McKenzie, known for its crystal-clear waters and pure white sand.
  2. North Stradbroke Island’s Headland Walk: The North Gorge Walk, is the best vantage point on the island to watch the whales pass right before your eyes.
  3. Snorkel the Tangalooma Wrecks: This famous snorkel site is home to an abundance of reef fish and marine life.

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