The island holidays you can experience at the best resorts of Oceania and the Pacific Islands are really well known for providing high quality holiday options that rank with the best in the world. Most of these island resorts lie off the coast of Queensland in the north of the country and experience either a tropical or temperate climate depending on their latitude. They can be visited at any time of the year. Many of these resorts lie right on the Great Barrier Reef so if you are coming to Australia for a diving holiday then these Australian Island resorts are the ideal place to stay. Sports fishermen will also be interested as the waters off the east coast of Australia are among the most prolific game fishing grounds in the world. The catch and release programs that have been in place here for decades are now paying huge dividends as the stocks of fish like Marlin, Wahoo, Mackerel, Cobia Barramundi, Trevally and Kingfish are at all time highs. For those who want to relax around a spectacular swimming pool and sip on a daiquiri there is no better place to go and if your thing is to fly around on a jetski or sail a windsurfer or catamaran or even indulge in a game of golf on a superb resort course then one of the Australian island resorts will be just right for you.
In the Whitsunday islands that are located just off the central Queensland coast you will find some magnificent resorts. Hamilton Island resort is the best known and as it has its own airport it is the jumping off point for other resorts like Hayman Island resort, Daydream Island resort, Long Island and Brampton Island resort. In the far north the fisherman's paradise of Lizard Island resort is located in the remote reefs north of the city of Cairns. Just south of here is the fantastic family resort on Dunk Island and Bedarra Island resort and Orpheus island resort both cater for the top end of the market with totally private locations and limited guest numbers. Magnetic Island lies close to Townsville and is a popular family holiday destination. South of the Whitsundays islands are two coral atolls, right on the reef and these are Heron Island and Lady Elliot Island. These two resorts both focus on the dive industry to supply their clientel and both are world famous for their dive sites and water clarity. Closer to the mainland lies Great Keppel Island which is currently undergoing a complete a complete make over with a brand new resort now under construction. Fraser Island, which is the worlds largest sand island lies of the south east Queensland coast and there are several resorts here also and these focus on allowing their visitors to experience the majesty of the world heritage listed beauty of the rainforest and pristine lakes that exist here.
Off the coast of New South Wales are two superb islands. Lord Howe Island is the prettiest island in the Pacific with its two cloud shrouded mountain peaks coral lagoon and magnificent beaches and bushwalks. There are many places to stay and you can fly in direct from Sydney or Brisbane. Norfolk Island has a history that goes back to the days of first European settlement and the mutiny on the Bounty as many of the descendents of the mutineers now live here. Originally it was a much feared convict jail however today, the ruins of the past are still on display but the island is an agricultural, duty free shopping and holiday paradise. Phillip Island off the south coast of Victoria is home to the Australian Moto GP and it and Kangaroo Island of the south coast of South Australia are both fantastic places to view Australia's unique wildlife and some of its wildest and most windswept coastlines. The scenery is fantastic in both.
In the Australian holiday scene some islands like the Whitsunday Islands, stand out from the others. Hamilton Island is one of these and Hamilton Island the main island and the largest resort in the Whitsundays. Lizard Island lies in the far north of tropical Queensland and is the leading diving destination in the islands. Dunk Island has had a total rebuild since being destroyed by the category five cyclone Larry in 2007. It is a leading family destination and Hayman Island takes the crown as Australia's oldest and most popular luxury island. Heron Island is the best of the coral cays and is situated right on the reef towards its southern end. Fraser Island is different from all the rest being made completely from sand and features some of the worlds most beautiful lakes and rainforests.
In the South Pacific Ocean are some of the worlds favorite islands. Dreams of idyllic beaches lined with waving palm trees and grass skirt clad dancing girls have long been part of the western holidaymakers dreams. Places like Hawaii and Tahiti have been written about for generations. The Cook Islands are among the most beautiful in the world and Fiji, Tonga and Samoa provide a glimpse of what island life used to be like. Vanuatu has spectacular scenery and ancient islander customs that are fascination to western visitors and Papua New Guinea can remove you to a world where primitive tribesmen still live as they did in the stone age. New Zealand provides a scenic panorama that is unequaled anywhere else in the world
If you are planning an island holiday somewhere in the world then please consider visiting one of Oceania's or Australia's fabulous island resorts.
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