Beyond its 2,000km-long coastline, New South Wales is dotted with stunning islands and nature retreats where you can explore volcanic peaks, visit penguins and seals, stay in a lighthouse and more.
Here are 6 islands that we’re putting on our to-go list!
An idyllic paradise with luxury eco lodges, family-friendly guesthouses and modern self-contained apartments, Lord Howe Island welcomes just 400 visitors at any time. The island, with its rugged volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons, is encircled by the world’s most southerly coral reef and the crystal clear waters make it perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, fishing, surfing and paddle boarding.
NEXT: Montague Island →
Off the coast of Narooma on the South Coast is Montague Island, a national park where visitors can spend a night in the restored Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage. See the capital’s largest colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals; Montague Island is home to hundreds of seals and more than 90 bird species along its shoreline. Tour operators can arrange snorkelling with seals, and visits to the lighthouse and penguin and seal colonies.
NEXT: Broughton Island →
For an off the beaten track camping experience, pitch a tent at one of five campsites on the beautiful Broughton Island, off the coast of Port Stephens. Little Poverty Beach is the only place in New South Wales where you can camp among an active seabird colony, while Esmeralda Cove offers plenty of opportunities for scuba diving, fishing and snorkelling and swimming at its sandy beaches.
NEXT: Scotland Island →
On Sydney’s Northern Beaches is the beautiful Scotland Island on Pittwater. Accessible by the Church Point Ferry, book a stay in a holiday house and enjoy bushwalking to secluded bays. Alternatively, hire a yacht and bareboat your way around Pittwater and the Hawkesbury, stopping at islands along the way.
NEXT: Dangar Island →
Located in the middle of the Hawkesbury River, Dangar Island is just an hour’s train ride from Sydney and conveniently accessible by ferry. A perfect weekend away, the island has plenty of luxurious, exclusive properties only accessible by river. Home to just one cafe and a bowling club, spend your stay here exploring the island on foot or bicycle, and swimming, fishing and kayaking in the sparkling waters.
NEXT: Cockatoo Island →
Cockatoo Island offers waterfront camping in the heart of Sydney. Easily one of the world’s most picturesque campsites, the waterfront glamping and camping sites provide unobstructed views of Sydney. The largest island in Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Australian convict sites.
NEXT: Lord Howe Island →
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