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Australia is truly captivating, so much so that it is one of the world's top travel destinations.

Encompassed by vast oceans and filled with exotic wildlife, there's more to this country than meets the eye.

While most visitors quickly add the expected Sydney, Melbourne, Uluru, Gold Coast, and Perth to their itineraries, Australia is well-known for its breathtaking islands.

When Australians vacation in Australia, they often head to the islands we’re about to share with you.

Why? Because they are incredible!

Each of them is a unique piece of paradise and holds a special part of Australia’s history and culture that you’ll always keep with you.

Whitsunday Islands

There are over 150 islands to explore on this archipelago.

The Whitsunday Islands bring forth a subtropical climate, clear turquoise waters, cloudless skies, and a million opportunities for water activities.

Enjoy snorkeling, viewing friendly sea turtles, coral gardens, mountain ranges submerged in water, deepsea diving, and starfish hunting.

It is so beautiful that it was chosen to film the 5th installment of Pirates of the Caribbean.

Seriously… the Caribbean is gorgeous, so imagine how nice the Whitsunday Islands are to take the movie away!

Fraser Islands

The world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, is located at the very bottom of Queensland.

Here, you can stroll through rainforests and eucalyptus woodlands, wander through swamps (if you dare), check out shipwrecks, and enjoy the antics of all the wondrous wildlife.

Some of the animals you should look out for include a few varieties of mammal species, exotic birds, and reptiles of all kinds.

Fraser Island has been inhabited for over 5000 years by humans, and we think we know why.. it’s stunning - who’d ever leave?!

Magnetic Islands

Nearly 20 minutes off the coast of Townsville, you will find the magnificent Magnetic Islands.

On this island, you will immerse yourself in a lively culture, tropical settings, untouched beaches, and breathtaking wilderness.

Magnetic Island is a diving, snorkeling, and fishing destination. If you love the beach and you love water activities, you’ll have something to do every day.

But on the flip side, if disconnecting from the world and taking in some self-care is your idea of a vacation, spend your days swimming under waterfalls, hiking in the cool mountain air, or strolling the white sand beaches and markets by night.

The island isn't huge, but it is the perfect destination for a quick, far-off getaway.


Tasmania is located at the very bottom of the country and is actually a small island of its own.

Don’t be surprised to arrive and feel the vibes of Ireland. Many visitors have felt the stunning landscapes, lovely local towns, quaint pubs, and unique local food scream Irish hospitality.

Whether you love a good outdoor adventure or curling up by a fireplace with beautiful countryside views, Tasmania will definitely deliver.

Over 45% of the island is protected wilderness, featuring parks and reserves for tourists to explore.

Australia never disappoints, and there is an itinerary perfect for every traveler. Yours is waiting for you.

Want to talk more about what your vacation to Australia would look like? Schedule a free consultation with Rainbow Getaways. We'd love to hear about your bucket list and how we can help you cross some things off.

Rainbow Getaways proudly help travelers of the LGBTQ community (and our allies) research, plan, and book incredible vacations where you feel confident and comfortable enjoying and exploring your destination. We plan each vacation to meet your specific needs, so you'll have an experience just as unique as you.

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