Discover the Brisbane's Islands


Although Brisbane is not considered a destination for beach lovers, its coastal location means that there are a number of beautiful islands with pristine sand beaches to discover. We have selected 3 of the most popular island destinations that are very close to the River City. Check them out:



World Heritage-listed, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, located 250 kilometres north of the capital, Brisbane. The island has rainforests, lakes, sand dunes, eucalyptus woodland and a variety of bird and wildlife. It is considered one of the best places to see baby humpback whales and their mothers during the whale season from July through to November, but you can also find dugongs, dolphins, manta rays and sharks all year round.

The island has no sealed roads, so it is necessary to hire 4WD vehicle to explore the island. There are several activities that you can do on the island, such as snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, sightseeing and even taking a scenic flight!

For more information about the Island, click here.



Straddie or North Straddie as it is known by locals, is a beautiful island located approximately 30 km from Brisbane city. It is the second largest sand island in the world, with 3 little charming towns that provide a relaxed village atmosphere. It is a place to relax and be close to nature.

There are freshwater lakes, scenic headlands and endless white sandy beaches where you can swim, snorkel and walk. Its main attractions are the North Gorge Walk - Straddie’s pride - and Amity Point where you can enjoy stunning views and have a delicious picnic.

For more information about the island, click here.



"The Gem of South East Queensland" is one of the best experiences that Australia has to offer. Moreton Island is a popular destination for day trips. There are four small settlements, all on the west coast: Tangalooma (home to Tangalooma resort), Bulwer near the northwestern tip, Cowan Cowan between Bulwer and Tangalooma, and Kooringal near the southern tip.

The Island delivers massive sand dunes, wild forest, amazing scenery, stunning lakes, a lighthouse and pristine beaches where you can handfeed dolphins at night and snorkel at mysterious wrecks. It is definitely a place to remember!

For more information about the island, click here.

Published on by Daniele L.