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Craving coastal views?
The island continent of Australia is surrounded by more than 8,000 smaller islands ranging in diversity from unrefined coast to soft sandy shores. Queensland's spread of offshore getaways includes the world's largest sand island and ecological wonder, Fraser Island. Further north, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef lies the spectacular archipelago of the Whitsundays. The largest of these islands is Hamilton Island, an aquatic playground where you can snorkel or dive the reef and wander the glittering white sands of Whitehaven Beach. You are definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to island and beach holidays in Queensland, from the aptly named Sunshine Coast to Cairns and Port Douglas in the state's north.
Crossing the New South Wales border you will find the easternmost point of Australia, Byron Bay. Famous for its laidback attitude, Byron Bay is mecca to surfing enthusiasts and anyone seeking a balmy beach break. East of Port Macquarie, Lord Howe Island draws crowds with its rich biodiversity and pristine beaches. If you're holidaying in Victoria, witness the evening penguin parade at Philip Island or soak in the local Melbourne culture at St Kilda. Venturing even further south, Tasmania boasts windswept coastline and two key islands off the mainland – wildly beautiful Bruny Island and agriculturally endowed King Island.
South Australia's Kangaroo Island is wildlife central with cold-weather favourites such as penguins, fur seals and sea lions taking up residence on the shore. In Western Australia, Broome's Cable Beach offers unparalleled beachfront sunsets while at Monkey Mia you can get up close and personal with mischievous dolphins. Whether you crave coastal views along the Great Ocean Road or a romantic tropical island retreat, Flight Centre can help plan your ultimate Australian beach holiday from ocean-view accommodation to travel insurance and everything in between.