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Best Islands in Northern Queensland

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

Have you had visions of relaxing on a tropical island? Now you may have a fun-filled vacation without leaving the country or even the state. There are literally hundreds of islands off the coast of Queensland for us lucky locals.

Break yourself from your beachless seclusion by making the most of the nicer weather by going on a north Queensland Tour. Get ready to spend the next two seasons exploring the greatest islands in Queensland while sipping on cocktails and soaking up the sun in your own backyard.

Here’s a list of the best islands to add to your Queensland bucket list!

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Fitzroy Island

Choosing to stay at Fitzroy Island Resort is simple; selecting a room is more difficult, as there are many various accommodation styles to choose from, ranging from small beach-side bungalows to a four-bedroom penthouse with a private pool.

Some rooms provide some form of self-catering amenities, ranging from food preparation space and an outdoor BBQ to a fully equipped kitchen. These are ideal for families who wish to save money on dining expenses so that they may spend more money on reef-focused excursions.

Lizard Island

With 24 white sand beaches and a secluded lagoon, Lizard Island is a pristine paradise that can be reached from the far north of Australia. Goannas (native lizards) populate the island's 1,000-hectare (2,500-acre) national park, giving the place its name.

Additionally, there are a wide variety of tropical birds and marine life to be found. Lizard Island Resort is tucked away between palm trees, so visitors may make use of the island's beautiful beaches for sunset picnics before retiring to one of the resort's 40 luxurious suites.

Magnetic Island

Magnetic Island is a must-see if you're passing through Townsville. This tropical haven is well-known for its wide range of activities, from conventional watersports to treks with koalas, sunset sails, and shipwreck explorations. It's little wonder. The charming Bungalow Bay Koala Village is a hostel hidden behind a slew of lovely beaches, making it the ideal starting point for exploring the entire island.


Visit The Whitsundays, a collection of 74 lovely islands, to make the most of Queensland's tropical climate. Visit the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef, or the pristine white sands of Whitehaven Beach while sailing the crystal-clear waters.

The Whitsunday Coast's mainland is also attractive, with a variety of beaches and national parks, as well as the coastal enclave of Airlie Beach, where tourists flock year-round and the lifestyle is as idyllic as the surrounding landscape.

Thursday Island

When you visit Thursday Island, you should leave your watch at home since this vibrant island paradise is a place where time seems to have stopped completely. Papua New Guinea is one of 274 islands that make up the Torres Strait, which connects the northern tip of Queensland with Papua New Guinea.

It is here that the Indigenous Torres Strait Islanders live, whose culture is rich in the arts and whose lifestyle has evolved from their connection to the water and the variety of wildlife that this region has to offer.

Located on Thursday Island, the administrative centre of the Torres Strait, it offers modern lodging and sightseeing, as well as fantastic fishing in the surrounding waters. Visit Green Hill Fort and the cannons that once defended the island's main approaches to learn about the island's history. The Torres Strait Historical Museum is housed in the museum's newly renovated underground tunnels. The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is home to historical artefacts as well as contemporary Indigenous art.

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