You might not be able to travel overseas right now, but you can have a local over-“seas” adventure at one of North Queensland’s fantastic islands! Each island below is the perfect family getaway to witness the beauty of the tropics, both on land and sea.
Fitzroy Island is a lush, thriving Island on the Great Barrier Reef. The majority of the island is National Park, a beautiful scenery of mangroves, tropical rainforests and coral beaches that you can view by following one of the walking trails on the island.
The island is 29Km’s south-east of Cairns and offers hiking trails, snorkelling, swimming, sea kayaking and an ocean trampoline. There’s even a viewing of the reef through a glass bottom boat! One of the best parts of the Island are the packages, tours and specials available, to suit each individual and family. Kids of all ages can learn to snorkel right off the beach and there is plenty of nature to explore throughout the day. You can also visit the turtle rehabilitation facility on the Island. Please check availability.
If you want to stay instead of taking a day tour, resort accommodation offers affordable, relaxing spaces. These includes studios, beach cabins and both one and two bedroom apartments. Families will also be entertained by the kids play room, games room and cinema. After a day in the sunshine, go for a cooling swim in the pool and spa, where adults can even grab a drink at the swim-up pool bar.
Local discounts available.
Visit by ferry services aboard the Fitzroy Flyer or with Fitzroy Island Adventures departing from Marlin Marina. You can also take your own boat.
Fitzroy Island adventures offers half day and full day tours.
Big Cat Green Island Reef Cruises have been operating for over 29 years, offering spectacular half day and full day tours. The half day tours allow you to enjoy the beauty of the island for a couple of hours while the full day tours let you enjoy the tropical island at your leisure.
For an extended experience you can stay at the luxurious Green Island Resort, filling your day with either relaxation or adventures. There you can dive, snorkel, explore the island, windsurf, kayak, tour the outer reef and much more! Additionally, the spacious rooms are ideal for a tropical island escape for the family. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway instead, then the suite rooms are perfect.
Vibrant birds can be seen and heard through the rainforest walk, and the gorgeous coral reef quietly waits to be experienced. The fantastic packages include the Family Escape Package and Island Experience Package. These let you take the family on an affordable voyage of discovery.
27Km’s east of Cairns.
Visit by boat transfers. Green Island Resort also offers helicopter transfers.
This island has a range of palm-fringed gorgeous beaches, cute koalas, hiking trails, snorkelling adventures and so much more. Luckily, t’s just a short 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville. It offers accommodation from backpacker hostels to holiday homes, luxury resorts and quaint BnB’s to suit everyone’s style.
Take a walk on the wild side to get up close with Aussie wildlife at the Bungalow Bay Koala Sanctuary. Or, sail into the sunset, enjoying the scenic journeys through Big Mama Sailing or Pilgrim Sailing adventures. The famous Forts Walk combines WWII history, koala sightings and stunning ocean views.
The family will never get bored of the tours, beautiful bays, diving sites and delicious food. Scallywags Café is pirate themed and family friendly and perfect for a break with refreshments. Then there is also Sandi’s – a relaxed venue where you can unwind and enjoy Horseshoe Bay.
SeaLink Queensland specialises in day tours, accommodation, transport and activities in Townsville and Magnetic Island. The award-winning ferry service can help you plan your ultimate holiday. They offer air-conditioned comfort, a bar to relax at and grab a drink, and they are even pet friendly! SeaLink has a variety of specials and deals so make sure to check out their website!
Magnetic Island Ferries travel daily.
A Roughly 14Km from Townsville
Visit by SeaLink Queensland or Magnetic Island Ferries, operating daily from Townsville.
www.visitmagneticisland.com.au – For accommodation and things to see & do
Mackay & Whitsundays
Here is where your island escape awaits. You’ll be surrounded by white beaches and bustling coral and marine life. Enjoy the bars and restaurants, a variety of activities and water sports along with exhibitions and performances. There are six levels of accommodation to suit everyon. This includes family-friendly holiday homes and apartments, along with golf and sailing!
Overall the island offers over 60 exciting activities overall and a range of family-friendly activities are available during school holidays. A massage and spa are perfect for when you’re in the mood for some relaxation time. Once the exploring is over, accommodation guests of all ages can have fun in the resort pools, games and Kids Fun Zone all for free!
A Roughly 27Km’s from Airlie Beach.
Visit by commercial and private flights, ferries and private boats.
Located in the heart of Whitsundays Islands, this tranquil island offers modern rooms and suits with a view of garden landscapes or ocean views. Food and beverages are plentiful along with non-motorised water activities. In addition, the Living Reef in the centre of the island is home to over 80 species of coral and 100 species of marine fish.
The spectacular attractions are sure to stun you. There are also great deals and packages available. This includes the Queensland Locals Winter Escape. This deal offers a full buffet breakfast each morning, complimentary WiFi and use of non-motorised water sport and recreational activities. Plus, kids under 12 stay FREE using existing bedding and eat FREE from a special kids menu. On top of this, locals receive 25% off food and beverages (T&C’s apply).
You can visit by boat from Hamilton Island, Proserpine Airport, or Port of Airlie.
How to get there:
Cruise Whitsundays. Offering Island Transfers to Hamilton and Daydream Islands and the chance to visit the world-famous Whitehaven Beach.
Another Whitsunday Island to check out: Hayman Island, Long Island and Camp Island. Each of these have beautiful resorts to stay at with stunning scenery.
Find more things to do HERE.