Tropical North Queensland Islands

Blessed with sand cays and tropical islands scattered across the Great Barrier, you’ll find the best island paradise to stay in luxury, camp or pop on your mask and snorkel and explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

Green Island

Perfect for the whole family and budget conscious travellers, Green Island is just 37 acres of forest, sand and reef. Complete with 46 luxurious hotel suites clustered under the island’s resort, you can even choose to spend a night (or two). And, here’s how you make the most of your trip to Green Island.

Fitzroy Island

Home of 2018’s best beach; Nudey Beach (according to Australia’s top beach expert), Fitzroy Island offers a little something for every visitor. From walking trails to snorkel spots, you’ll find lots to do on and around the island. This 48 hour guide can also help you plan your next trip.

Lizard Island

Perched on a small coral cay, you’ll find the luxury island refuge of Lizard Island. With world-class dive sites like the Cod Hole nearby, you’ll have lots of opportunity to see the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef. And when you surface to breathe, explore 24 private beaches.

Bedarra Island

Take off those watches, when you visit Bedarra Island you needn’t measure time. Put your feet up in your private villa or explore 45 hectares of forest and beach. And when you’re feeling peckish, you can indulge on a tropical breakfast buffet, customised lunch and multi-course dinner.

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Paradise On The Beach Resort

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
From AU$160 - 360
Framed by giant melaleuca trees, Paradise on the Beach is Palm Cove's hidden secret. Located just 15 metres from a picture perfect tropical beach edged by palm trees and a sparkling seascape of offshore islands.

Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore

Palm Cove, Cairns Area
From AU$220 - 1100
Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore is a luxury resort in Palm Cove, situated on the absolute beachfront. Just a matter of steps and you are surrounded by the beach, sea and swaying palms. Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore offers 69 luxurious one, two, three bedrooms apartment-style suites, each with en-suite and second bathroom, dining and lounge area, fully equipped kitchen including Nespresso coffee machine, laundry with washing machine and dryer, balcony or terrace overlooking the pool or ocean depending on booked room type - the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.

Fitzroy Island Resort

Fitzroy Island,
From AU$155 - 410
Fitzroy Island is a tropical paradise of rainforest and coral beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Australia, located only 29 kilometres off Cairns. Just 45 minutes by Fast Cat, Fitzroy Island Resort offers affordable 4.

Green Island Resort

Green Island, Cairns Area
From AU$720 - 820
Located 27 kilometres across the Coral Sea from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, the eco-sensitive Resort is luxury on the Great Barrier Reef. Nestled among the rainforest and secluded from the day visitor facilities, Green Island Resort offers a unique blend of luxurious accommodation and unparalleled access to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforest, and a spectacular array of bird and marine life.

Lizard Island Resort

Lizard Island, Cook Area
From AU$1949 - 6789
Lizard Island, Australia's northernmost island resort on the Great Barrier Reef, is truly secluded from the rest of the world and is located a one hour scenic flight over the reef from Cairns. With only one resort on the island hosting 40 rooms – it is the tranquility and natural beauty of the island that will first greet you.

Coral Towers Holiday Suites

Cairns, Cairns Area
From AU$189 - 279
Coral Towers is located among the palms on a quiet stretch of the Cairns Esplanade with views to Green Island. Coral Towers boasts a resort style swimming pool and heated spa with fantastic views overlooking the Esplanade.

Vue Apartments Trinity Beach

Trinity Beach, Cairns Area
From AU$280 - 470
Vue Apartments situated on Trinity Beach's northern headland is in a class of its own along this stretch of coast. With every apartment offering breathtaking views of the crystal blue Coral Sea; from the northern aspect of Double Island through to Yorkeys Knob Boat Club in the south and across the horizon to Green Island.
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Frankland Islands

Probably one of the most untouched island group near Cairns, it’s no wonder why the Frankland Islands tops this list of island you’ve never heard of. There are five islands in the group and although you’ll need your own boat to explore all five, you can also board a day cruise and explore the islands with a guide.

Low Isles

15km from Port Douglas is the Low Isles with shallow and protected lagoon waters perfect for beginners learning to snorkel. You’ll even spot marine turtles floating by.

Dunk Island

If you love to go off the grid, look no further than Dunk Island where more than half of the island is national park. Hike or explore walking trails, snorkel or fish and when you’re ready to call it a day, set up a tent and camp under the stars.

Torres Strait Islands

Situated off the tip of Australia, you’ll find 274 islands enriched with culture and natural beauty. Experience true island hospitality when you visit Thursday Island or taste authentic Japanese cuisine at an operating pearl farm on Friday Island. Check out these must do’s for your next visit.

Sand Cays

Mackay Cay

50km from Port Douglas, you’ll find Mackay Cay on the north west corner of the Mackay Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. It rises just metres above high tide and protects a variety of endangered plants and animal species.

Vlassof Cay

Charter a private helicopter and enjoy a beach picnic like no other on Vlasoff Cay. Have the entire cay to yourself and snorkel its surrounding reef system to see the marine life of the Great Barrier Reef.

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