Beach Tomato’s Top Aussie Island Picks

Australia's islands

With over 8000 islands to choose from, where better to go island-hopping than the land down under? These are just a few of our favourite island spots. Enjoy.

Bruny Island

Bruny Island lies off the south-eastern coast of Tasmania and is a haven for wildlife and unique outdoor experiences. It’s also got a bit of a name for itself in the culinary stakes, and its locally produced food and wine will leave you warm and satisfied after hours spent exploring this windswept isle. Time spent on Bruny Island is time spent getting closer to nature, letting go of all your stresses and worries and simply being. Sounds good to us.

Lord Howe Island

Saint David Attenborough once described this crescent-shaped paradise as ‘so extraordinary it is almost unbelievable’. And if it’s good enough for David, it’s good enough for us. Only two hours by plane from Sydney, this world-heritage site limits its total number of visitors to 400 guests at any given time, making this sandy utopia the ultimate island escape. On this island you’ll find only sparkling waters, soft golden sands and tropical temperatures waiting for you. All of this just a two hour flight from the buzz of Sydney or Brisbane. It’s the stuff dreams are made of.

Kangaroo Island

There’s more to this island than what’s in the name. Not just a destination for wildlife fanatics, this natural beauty is home to over 50 beaches and 509 km of impressive coastline. What’s more, this popular archipelago is famed for its scrumptious local wines. So finish your day the right way by grabbing a bottle of the local Cabernet Sauvignon and heading to the island’s best sunset spot on Henley beach.

Rottnest island

Where do Western Aussies go when they want to get away from it all? The answer – Rottnest. A mere 40 minute ferry from Perth, Rottnest is the perfect location for the ultimate island weekend. Famed for its laid-back vibes and friendly locals, we guarantee you’ll feel right at home. And with cars banned on this idyllic island, your bike is the primary mode of transport. So gear up to discover some of the 63 award-winning beaches this tranquil haven has to offer. Choices range from secluded, peaceful coves to vast sandy stretches. Yep, Rottnest ticks all the beach boxes.

Hamilton island

Situated idyllically within the legendary Great Barrier Reef, a two hour flight North from Brisbane, this island paradise continues to effortlessly lure visitors in year round. And with an international airport and countless luxury accommodation choices (following its purchase and revamp by billionaire Bob Oatley in 2003), we promise you won’t be disappointed by this ultimate luxury beach escape. Boasting continuous tropical temperatures, dozens of idyllic beaches and spectacular coral reefs mere meters from the shore, it’s no wonder Hamilton is top of our list. So grab your snorkel, because were going diving.