TOP 5 | THIS ISLAND LIFE’S HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN AUSTRALIA
LAURA MCWHINNIE IS THE TRAVEL BLOGGER AND PRESENTER BEHIND THIS ISLAND LIFE – AN ONLINE DESTINATION FOR WARM-WEATHER INSPIRING FASHION, TRAVEL, SURF, BEAUTY AND DESIGN FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE. LAURA HAS BUILT A BRAND AROUND THE CONCEPT OF AN ENDLESS SUMMER, HER INSTAGRAM IS AN ODE TO SALTY DAYS IN THE SUN, ENDLESS ADVENTURES AND WILL HAVE YOU LUSTING OVER HER SUMMER STYLE. WE SPOKE TO LAURA ABOUT HER TOP 5 HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS IN AUSTRALIA SO THAT YOU CAN START TICKING THEM OFF YOUR LIVING LIST NOW ….
LORD HOWE ISLAND, NSW
This World Heritage-listed paradise sits in the Tasman Sea off the north coast of NSW and is less than two hours by air from Sydney or Brisbane. The landscape of the island is dominated by volcanic peaks, making it look like something out of Jurassic Park. It’s a nature-lovers paradise with an abundance or flora and fauna, and lagoons and dive spots teaming with green turtles, rainbow-colourful fish and coral reefs.
LIZARD ISLAND, QLD
Located in the Great Barrier Reef just north of Cairns in Queensland lies Lizard Island, one of the most incredible islands in Australia. With its close proximity to the reef, 24 powdery-white private beaches, a crystal clear aqua lagoon, lush national park, 40 luxurious suites, a fine dining restaurant and indulgent spa, Lizard Island is constantly ranked as one of the best resorts in the world. Whether you’re into game fishing, diving, kayaking, snorkelling or hiking, there’s no shortage of things to do.
SEVENTEEN SEVENTY AND AGNES WATER, QLD
The retro seaside towns of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water (Queensland’s most northerly surf beach) are the gateway to Lady Musgrave Island – an incredible 3,000 acres of living reef with a deep-water coral lagoon that’s unique to the entire Great Barrier Reef. The coolest thing about this lagoon is the turtle cleaning station – a large bommie that’s been worn down by turtles parking there to be cleaned by other sea life.
THE BUCCANEER ARCHIPELAGO, WA
Off Western Australia’s Kimberly coast is The Buccaneer Archipelago – a beautiful marine wonderland that’s made up of around 1,000 tiny islands. The archipelago is still a bit of a tourist secret, with many of the spectacular white silica beaches only accessible by water or air. It’s also home to an incredible ‘horizontal waterfall’ in Talbot Bay where massive tidal movements create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage.
MAGNETIC ISLAND, QLD
There aren’t many places in Australia where you can ride off into the sunset on horseback into the ocean, but the World-Heritage listed Magnetic Island is one of them. Located on the Great Barrier Reef, the island is famous for Horseshoe Bay – a picturesque beach where you can trek on horseback through native Australian bushland, before making your way down to the golden sand and salty sea.