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Australia's Easy Island Escapes

There’s something magical about an island stay and Australia enjoys incredible offshore getaways close to home. From remote retreats to wildlife havens, here are five accessible Australian islands that will satisfy your castaway cravings.

Thursday Island, Australia
From the very tip of Cape York, Thursday Island is a 15-minute boat ride through the glorious blue-green seas of the Torres Strait. While the laid-back rhythm of island life invites you to park yourself beneath the swaying palm trees, a visit to Thursday Island involves much more than a day at the beach. There’s the local indigenous Torres Strait Islander culture to experience and fascinating WWII history to discover.

View of boats on the water through a tree on Thursday Island in North Queensland.

Not many travellers make it all the way to the tip of Australia, let alone past it, but having a private aircraft at your disposal makes the challenging journey much easier. Stay on Thursday Island during our 9 Day Queensland Outback and Tropics by Private Plane adventure.

King Island and Tasmania
Enjoy two islands in one Private Jet Air Tour, beginning with King Island, known for its rugged green pastures and fresh sea air. The island’s microclimate helps to cultivate the award-winning cheese and fine local produce for which it’s known. From beef to cheese to crayfish, King Island is a food-lover’s dream destination where an overnight stay allows you to indulge in its bounty.

Aerial view of the sheltered harbour and scenic coastline of King Island

Next stop is the apple of Australia’s eye, Tasmania. Another gourmet getaway, this time exploring the island's fresh produce on a wilderness escape to Cradle Mountain. Then in Hobart, a two-night stay is time enough to explore Salamanca Markets' fresh island produce and handicrafts each Saturday, and MONA is a must, the capital’s Museum of Old and New Art. Five days is all it takes aboard our Wonders of Tasmania by Private Jet tour.

Kangaroo Island
As Australia’s third-largest island, Kangaroo Island (or KI) is similar in size to Bali. Flying into KI on your private plane, views of pristine shores and limestone cliffs stretch out before you. On landing, step into that luxurious sense of being far removed from the world’s ‘everyday’. Some 14 kilometres from South Australia’s mainland and with so much space, KI is an island wildlife haven with a Mediterranean climate that lends itself to a diverse food culture.

Fur seal sitting at the waters edge with wave lapping the shoreline

Learn more at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and on a visit to Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery. Explore with a trip to Seal Bay where a boardwalk leads you into the heart of an Australian sea lion colony, and stay in accommodation ideally placed overlooking Kingscote’s foreshoreBoard the 7 Day Southern Ocean to Top End by Private Jet tour for this island escape.

Rottnest Island
Located just off Fremantle in Western Australia, Rottnest Island features salt lakes, pristine beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. It sits within a nature reserve for spectacular flora and many coastal bird species, as well as marine life from turtles and stingray, as well as the world’s most southerly corals. The island has land species in abundance too, including colonies of seals and sea lions, but its most famous creature is the quokka. This loveable furry, cat-sized marsupial that has become a 'selfie' star thanks to its friendliness and apparent great big grin. 

Lighthouse on shore behind clear blue water, Australia

The car-free island is an ideal place for animal encounters while walking or cycling, but even better is an overnight stay in Discovery Rottnest Island’s luxury eco-tents. Join our 16 Day Colours of the Coral Coast and Wildflower Way tour to experience it all.

With no passport needed, these island escapes are an easy way to get away from it all. Travel is on your terms, with our air tour discoveries offering privacy and flexible travel arrangements on board private jets. We offer the freedom to change your travel plans and the peace of mind to explore, so why not consider one of these accessible adventures for your next holiday?