Hidden Island Retreats Near Brisbane!

Brrr – it sure is cold in Brissie today! Winter is definitely coming our way, and she’s approaching fast! So why not make the most of the last few warm weekends by visiting some of these nice little island retreats close to home.

Moreton Island:

Probably the most popular island in the Moreton Bay region – Moreton Island is only a short ferry ride away from Brisbane. Take a picnic basket with you to enjoy on the white sandy beach, hire some snorkeling gear and explore the shipwrecks, or even try out some sand tobogganing on the nearby sand dunes. Tickets and daily passes to Tangalooma Resort must be pre-purchased, which can be done here. For more information about Moreton Island click here or to find our more about the Tangalooma Resort & their activities click here.

Fun Fact: Moreton is the world’s THIRD largest sand island!


Snorkeling through the shipwrecks.

Stradbroke Island:

This two-part island (North and South Stradbroke) offers a tropical paradise not too far from home. North Stradbroke is slightly more populated and developed, therefore offers more things to do and see for visitors. Why not take some camping gear and spend the weekend, check out one the hundreds of freshwater lakes all across the island, or take a look at the Jumpinpin Channel that separates the north island from the south. You can also get to Straddie by ferry, which depart hourly from Cleveland. So have a look and start planning your trip now! 🙂 Click here for ferry times, or click here to read more about Straddie.

Fun Fact: North Straddie is the world’s SECOND largest sand island.


Fraser Island:

While a little further away than it’s smaller siblings, you can still get to Fraser Island in one day and enjoy all the activities it has to offer. It’s roughly a 3-hour drive to Hervey Bay/Rainbow Beach on the Bruce Highway, and then a short ferry across to the island. There is plenty to see and do on Fraser – hiking, fishing, and of course swimming! Just be aware of these pesky little guys.
Many Dingos inhabit the area, and can be found almost everywhere! They may look cute and cuddly, but they are very dangerous! But you can still admire their cuteness from afar… like REALLY far away…! 🙂 To find out more about Fraser Island, check out their website here.

Fun Fact: Can you guess where Fraser Island ranks in the world? That’s right! Fraser Island is actually the LARGEST sand island in the world!! Hooray for Australia – we win Gold, Silver and Bronze for our beautiful islands! 😀


Peel Island/Coochiemudlo Island:

Both little islands are on the way to Straddie, so why not make a short detour along the way? Regular ferry services depart from Cleveland’s Victoria Point Jetty as well. Read up some interesting facts on their website here (Peel Island) and here (Coochiemudlo).



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