When thinking of an island holiday, exotic, far-away destinations tend to spring to mind; but have you stopped to consider Australia its very own collection of breathtaking small islands well worth your attention? Read on…

TripAdvisor has just revealed the top-rated small islands around Australia.

It’s no surprise that several favourites of ours are in the sunshine state, but there are also a few surprises.

 

QUEENSLAND

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Green Island, Cairns

A protected coral cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. A short cruise from Cairns opens a gateway to an underwater world where one might spot giant clams, tropical fish and coral gardens. There’s also emerald rain forest to explore on land.

 

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Frankland Islands, Cairns

Totally uninhabited, the Frankland Islands consist of five isles: High, Normanby, Mabel, Round and Russel. Each isle is part coral cay, part continental island, with a healthy and vibrant fringing coral community.

 

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Lady Elliot Island, Bundaberg

Lady Elliot is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, north of Fraser Island. The island is one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and an amazing array of spectacular marine life.

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

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Heirisson Island, Perth

Named for a French midshipman François-Antoine Boniface Heirisson, who was on the French ship Le Naturaliste, was a scientific expedition. Today the island is still used as the main crossing from one side of the river to the other, using the causeway bridge.

The island has many facilities, such as seating barbecues, picnic shelters, a children’s playground and a kangaroo sanctuary.

 

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Penguin Island, Rockingham

45 minutes south of Perth is Penguin Island – an unspoilt nature reserve home to WA’s largest colony of little penguins, as well as dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, pelicans and ospreys.

It’s also fantastic for swimming, snorkelling, having a picnic or just enjoying some of the best coastal scenery in Perth.

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Granite Island, Adelaide

Enjoy the coastal scenery and discover the island’s interesting history along the Kaiki Walk or go fishing from the jetty or causeway.

You may even spot a southern right whale between June and October.

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

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Cockatoo Island, Sydney

Really? Apparently so.

Retaining its character and heritage from decades of human endeavour by convicts and shipbuilders, Cockatoo Island has opened its doors to all, with a mission to re-energise history.

Now a place to escape the everyday city hustle, a canvas for creatives and cultural events, the world’s first urban waterfront campground and beautiful holiday accommodation, Cockatoo Island has undergone a renaissance in every sense of the word.

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