6 STUNNING island day trips in SE Queensland

18 January 2017
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Escape the mainland for a day with a trip to one of these great islands just a short ferry or drive away from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. Think white sandy beaches, an abundance of wildlife, historic sites and enough island adventures to please any aspiring Robinson Crusoe.

Fraser Island

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At 123km long, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. Wildlife lovers will be in their element here – on land you can see wallabies, echidnas, possums, sugar gliders, potoroosflying foxes and dingoes, while in the crystal clear water you might glimpse turtles, sharks and dolphins. It is home to the 90km long Fraser Island Great Walk.


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Bribie Island

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Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge. It is surrounded by the picturesque Pumicestone Passage and has views to the Glass House Mountains. While it might feel like you are a million miles from everyday life, the island has everything you could need: a shopping centre, restaurants, golf courses, markets and a marina.


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Stradbroke Island

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At only 38km long and 11km wide, Straddie has a wonderful laid-back feel. But don’t be fooled, as there’s still loads to do here. Take a day tour of the island, fish, surf, cycle, 4WD and sand boarding to name a few. And with everything from juice bars to elegant restaurants, your taste buds will thank you too.


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St Helena Island

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St Helena Island was originally Queensland's first penal settlement and you can tour the stone ruins for a fascinating understanding of 19th century life. Be sure to visit the Island Night Theatre where you can find out all about those who never left the island. There are also short walking tracks and picnic areas.


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Lady Elliot Island

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Located at the Southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island boasts over 1200 species of marine life including manta rays and turtles. Some day trips to the island include scenic flights, a glass bottom boat trip and guided snorkelling tours. You can depart from Redcliffe or the Gold Coast.


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Moreton Island

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Explore the shipwrecks, go sandboarding or 4WDing, visit the Cape Moreton lighthouse, hike to the top of Mount Tempest and then relax in the stunning Blue Lagoon. A short 75 minute ferry ride across Moreton Bay will get you to its glorious white sandy beaches.


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