Queensland – home to the four largest sand islands in the world!

When was the last time you actually took stock of how lucky we are to live in Queensland? Amazing beaches, beautiful (protected) National Parks & pristine sand islands that look so perfect they belong on a postcard.

But did you know that Queensland is home to the 4 largest sand islands in the world? If you have not visited these beauties you're really missing out. Below we debrief the main attractions and differences between the four:

Fraser Island - The Scenic Island

The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is World Heritage Listed and home to the famous Dingo population. It's rugged beauty of windswept beaches, jutting headlands and inner-island rainforests are what make it one of the most travelled to destinations in Queensland.

Main attractions and differences

  • The world's largest sand island
  • World Heritage Listed
  • Beautiful freshwater lakes
  • Amazing clear running Eli Creek
  • Famous for the Fraser Island Dingo
  • Amazing wildlife encounters can be had here at any moment
  • Jutting headland for spotting wildlife
  • Rich in history
  • has a variety of different accommodation including camping, backpacker & resort style accommodation.
  • Access to National Park beaches via 4WD only (permits required)
  • Beaches not suitable for swimming or surfing

If you want to experience Fraser Island for yourself with an experienced guide why not check out Sunset Safaris 3 day Fraser Island Tour ?

Stradbroke Island - The Cafe Culture Island

The second largest of these island beauties, Stradbroke Island is home to one of the larger populations of residents making it easy to get to with regular ferry services. "Straddie" as it's known to the locals, has gorgeous beaches and coastlines but is less remote than Fraser & Moreton Islands and is accessible by 2-wheel drive vehicles.

Main attractions and differences

  • The world's second largest sand island
  • Queensland's third-largest shorebird habitats
  • Easy access with lots of ferries departing from Cleveland
  • Rich history of the first Australians of the area called the Quandamooka
  • Gorgeous beaches suitable for swimming and surfing
  • A variety of accommodation available including backpacker, camping, rentals & houses.
  • Access to National Park beaches via 4WD only (permits required)

 If you're interested in getting to Stradbroke Island we recommend checking out the ferry operator here.

Moreton Island - The Adventure Island

Moreton Island is a bit of a hidden gem. Much less widely known than Fraser Island, Moreton offers much of the same (and sometimes better) attractions and scenery without the travel time from Brisbane. Moreton Island is also home to Brisbane's only shipwrecks which you can now kayak around at nighttime in LED lit kayaks!

Main Attractions and Differences

  • Third largest sand island in the world
  • Lots of adventure activities including
  • Shipwreck snorkeling
  • Night kayaking around the Tangalooma Wrecks
  • Sandboarding at The Desert
  • Beaches suitable for swimming and surfing
  • Queensland's oldest lighthouse Cape Moreton
  • Spot whales, dolphins & turtles from the headland
  • Get romantic at Honeymoon Bay
  • Hike Australia's largest vegetated sand dune Mt Tempest
  • Close to Brisbane - only 20 minutes from the CBD to the MICAT ferry
  • A variety of accommodation including camping, glamping, houses & resort style accommodation.
  • Access to National Park beaches via 4WD only (permits required)

 

If you're interested in heading to Moreton Island or booking the above guided activities please click here  for more information.

Bribie Island - The easy day tripper

Bribie Island much like Stradbroke Island is home to a large resident population however, Bribie Island is the only one of the 4 largest sand islands in the world to be connected to the mainland by a bridge! Whilst the population is larger and the environment is somewhat more commercial, Bribie is well worth a look if you're in town for an extended period - especially if you have access to a 4WD and can take on some of the National Park beach driving.

Main Attractions and Differences

  • Connected to the mainland by bridge, so very easy access and no ferry fares to pay
  • Easy for a day trip
  • Surf beaches and flat beaches suitable for swimming
  • Shops and cafes
  • Access to National Park beaches via 4WD only (permits required)
  • A variety of accommodation available including houses, units and camping
  • Very popular during holiday periods due to the ease of accessibility

As you can see, there is no lack of options for locals or tourists when it comes to visiting amazing destinations in Queensland. If you are a local and you haven't been to all these islands, it's time to get off your butt and get going - stop spending all your money in far off tourist destinations when you've got perfection right on your doorstep!

If you don't have access to a 4WD why not try one of these awesome guided 4WD tours - you'll learn all the history, ecology and interesting facts about the island along the way - click here for more information!