The Whitsunday Islands are by far the most popular of islands along the East Coast of Australia. The Whitsundays are made up of 74 islands located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The largest of the islands - Whitsunday Island - is home to the iconic Whitehaven Beach
Located just off the coast of Townsville in Queensland, Magnetic Island is fast becoming one of the most popular backpacking destinations on Australia's East Coast.
The beaches surrounding the island are not great for swimming due to rough waters, but the lakes within the island are what make this paradise unique! Eucalyptus Forest, Dingos, Lookouts and beautiful swimming lakes.
Rottnest Island is located on Australia's West Coast just south of Perth. It was once used as a military base during the war. The Quokka, a unique Australia animal, can only be found on this island. Fantastic Reef, plentiful beaches and great for swimming. The best way to explore the island is by bike.
This is a short ferry ride from Cairns, Fitzroy Island is off the beaten track and a little less crowded than neighbouring Green Island. There is a trampoline in the ocean, a nudist beach, beach front bar, kayaks, snorkels and paddle-boards for hire and some fantastic rainforest walks.
A volcanic remnant that boasts tall mountain peaks, coral pools, walking trails and an abundance of wildlife. This island is Australia's 'prestigious' island and the only way to get there is by plane - so it may be a little out of the backpacker budget.