10 Best Island Resorts in Australia

Updated: December 9, 2019 | Bucketlist

Australia is home to over 8,000 islands, making it an ideal place for island resorts.

But, it can get annoying spending hours researching…

So, to help make your research easier, we’ve put together a list of the 10 best island resorts in Australia.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

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Best for: Families/Couples

Hayman Island Resort

The InterContinental Hayman Island Resort is all about connection…

Connect with yourself, your friends, family, and the earth.

Located on Whitsundays, an iconic private island, it’s a redefinition of luxury and privacy.

Home to 168 villas, suites, and rooms, you’ll have a variety of accommodation preferences to choose form.

The Hayman Island Resort is open to families, couples, and friends, so come with whoever you’d like and be ready to transform.

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Heron Island Resort

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Best for: Families/Couples

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Heron Island offers a unique resort that has all the amenities you can dream of while being able to fully immerse yourself in nature.

They encourage those who stay at their resort to be more than a hotel guest…

Rather, a guest of nature.

It’s a protected sanctuary, which means there’s a thriving amount of marine life surrounding the island.

Experience the world’s largest coral reef, gaze at the magnificent nesting turtles or go for a nature walk around the island, all during your stay at Heron Island Resort.

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Wilson Island

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Best for: Honeymooners/Couples (Adults-Only)

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If you’re looking for an island resort in Australia that’s even more connected to nature, look no further than Wilson Island.

Located off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, you’ll get a great deal of privacy, since the resort hosts a maximum of 18 guests at a time.

They encourage to leave your mobile phones and laptops behind to completely disconnect from your everyday stresses.

Now, the accommodation here is a bit different…

They have just nine permanent reef safari tents instead of your typical beach villa.

But, don’t worry, they still provide those key amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

And for those who want another level of seclusion, you can rent the whole island.

Let the island vibes roll, while still having those key amenities at Wilson Island Resort.

*Note* Wilson Island is closed every year from January 28 – April 1 to allow the bird population to nest in peace.

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Lizard Island Resort

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Best for: Honeymooners/Couples

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Lizard Island Resort

If you’re looking for a secluded slice of paradise, Lizard Island Resort is a great option.

It’s the northernmost resort in the Great Barrier Reef and has a total of…

Which basically means you have a solid chance of getting your own private beach.

As an added bonus, Lizard Island Resort is all about sustainability. Enjoy a luxury island vacation, while simultaneously helping the environment.

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Orpheus Island Lodge

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Best for: Honeymooners/Couples

Orpheus Island

Located on the Great Barrier Reef, Orpheus Island Lodge is an all-inclusive, private island lodge.

They host a maximum of 28 people with just 14 rooms, suites, and villas.

This resort is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in nature, as it’s located on a nearly untouched island/national park.

Of course, they offer a variety of activities, ranging from water sports to spa treatments.

And if you don’t feel like swimming in the natural waters of the Coral Sea, you can spend your days lounging by the infinity pool.

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Bedarra Island Resort

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Best for: Honeymooners/Couples

Bedarra Island Resort

For when you want to escape from reality, check out the family-owned Bedarra Island Resort.

Located in the rainforest on the Great Barrier Reef, this resort offers a variety of breathtaking views.

This resort hosts a maximum of 18 guests and has…

Added bonus: Bedarra Island Resort is focused on the environment and sustainability.

Experience complete seclusion at Bedarra Island Resort.

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Tangalooma Island Resort

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Best for: Families/Couples

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Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma Island Resort is the perfect intersection between fun and relaxation.

Located only a 75-minute catamaran away from Brisbane, it’s situated on Moreton Island.

This resort is great for those of you looking for a vacation filled with fun activities, but also time to relax.

Tangalooma Island Resort is most known for one of its unique activities…

If you don’t feel like spending the night on the island, you can take a day cruise.

Bring your family, bring your loved one, or even come alone – Tangalooma is the place where you’ll always have something to do.

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Green Island Resort

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Best for: Families/Couples

Green Island Resort

Green Island Resort is located only 45 minutes away from Cairns, Australia.

It offers luxury, comfort, and just about every water activity you can think of.

Want to chill by the pool or the Coral Sea? You can do that here.

How about spending your day touring the Great Barrier Reef? Done.

Want to go on a glass-bottom boat, a helicopter tour, or even an oil massage at the spa?

Green Island Resort can offer it all.

This resort truly has something for everybody, and it’s located in one of the most beautiful places in the world – the Great Barrier Reef.

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Lady Elliot Resort

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Best for: Families/Couples

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

Located on the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Resort is an eco-resort that combines relaxation and nature.

It’s situated in a highly protected green zone, meaning that there’s a plethora of thriving marine wildlife, ranging from manta rays to turtles.

While this resort offers most of your typical resort amenities, they are very committed to sustainability and the environment.

In fact, all guests are encouraged to make a sustainability pledge before staying at the resort.

If you want to ensure you’re being a responsible eco-tourist, while enjoying an incredible Great Barrier Reef vacation, this is a great option.

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Qualia Island Resort

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Best for: Honeymooners/Couples

Qualia Resort

Qualia means “a collection of deeper sensations” in Latin, which is exactly what Qualia Island Resort offers its guests.

Exclusively for those aged 16 and older, at Qualia Island Resort you’ll be able to explore all of your senses while being immersed in the stunning nature of the Great Barrier Reef.

This resort is designed to relax your mental senses and spoil your physical.

Qualia Island Resort has world-class amenities, designed to the highest standards, and guaranteed to leave you sensory-satisfied.

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While all of these island resorts in Australia are different in their own ways, they still offer one thing in common…

An unforgettable island vacation in Australia.

If you need a getaway in clear blue waters and pristine white sand, one of these resorts is definitely the vacation for you.

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