Bedarra Island - Bedarra Island provides vacationers with numerous enjoyable activities.
Double Island - Double Island is truly a magical place that entices even the most stubborn traveler.
Dunk Island - Dunk Island enjoys a recognition of being among the primary tourist destinations.
Fitzroy Island - Fitzroy Island stretches 339 hectares and is covered by lavish rainforest and greenery.
Green Island - Pristine waters, fine white sands and relaxing views of Green Island
Haggerstone Island - This island provides a tranquil shelter contrary to other jam-packed places.
Lizard Island - Truly remarkable, this island offers a lot of must-see places and must-have souvenirs
Thursday Island - Despite its small size, Thursday Island promises enjoyable activities to its visitors.
Reef and Islands of North Queensland
Blessed with a tropical climate, Northern Queensland is a region rich in pristine, sandy beaches; colorful aquatic species living in coral reefs; and dark green rainforests teeming with wildlife, rare and otherwise. Its territory includes the Mackay region, the Far Northern and the Northern regions. Thus, the entire area offers a wide array of activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, fishing, camping, golf, mountain climbing, trekking, bird watching and so much more. At the same time, the guided tours in North Queensland offer travelers with information about the region's rare and endangered species, while its cultural parks allow visitors see a glimpse of Australia's rich Aboriginal heritage.
The Northern Queensland territory stretches out from Hinchinbrook National Park in the south to the Haggerstone Island and the Cape York in the north. The region's east side faces the Coral Sea, where the Great Barrier Reef is located.
The coral reefs found in North Queensland are the most diverse, with 2,000 kilometres of its coastline belonging to the Great Barrier Reef. Almost a thousand islands and 2,900 coral reefs flourish in the North's section allotted Great Barrier Reef. A common kind of reef found in North Queensland is the fringing reef. The fringing reef starts out as an isolated group of corals attached to a rocky shore and as it grows, they become more annexed to the island. This reef is commonly seen along the shorelines of the island. Ribbon reefs, on the other hand, look like long lines of reefs located at the outer part of the beach area, and they only thrive in the northern part of Cairns city. Moreover, there are groups of platform reefs located throughout the coastal area of the North.
The residents of the North Queensland's aquatic community include potato cods, giant clams, soft corals, anemones, sponges, nurse sharks, humpback whales and the Queensland grouper. Meanwhile, marsupials and other mammals, along with cockatoos and other protected species thrive in the thick jungles.
Continental islands and coral cays are the common land formations found in the region. Coral cays are formed when sedimentary remains are washed away to the reefs by waves. The continental islands within the area are prime diving destinations because a wide array of coral reef flourishes along the coastlines.
Resort islands such as the Lizard Island, the Cape Tribulation, the Whitsunday Islands and the Lady Elliot Islands are just some of the places travelers can visit in North Queensland. Moreover, some of the islands in the area, such as the Hinchinbrook Islands and the Dunk Island are protected national parks and contain some of Australia's endemic animals.