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Top 6 Island Holidays Near Sydney

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2019
These island holidays will make you pack your bags
New South Wales boasts 2,000kms of spectacular coastline, dotted with chains of tropical and native bush islands; and six of these Islands offer a unique twist on island getaways.

With Islands including World Heritage-Listings to coral reefs, Budget Island stays to luxury eco-lodge, family-friendly guest house to the picture perfect campsite, this list has it all!

The List below includes Top 6 Island Getaways near Sydney:

1. Cockatoo Island

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Australian Convict Sites as well as being one of the world's most picturesque campsites, with waterfront glamping and camping sites offering unobstructed views of Sydney.



With its fascinating history, the Island has become a regular site for movie filming as well as camping opportunities. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained including audio tours, events, kayak adventures, cafes, boat hire, swimming in the slipway and self-guided walking tours.



Accommodation Types: Camping sites, glamping, and self-contained heritage houses.

How to get here: Ferry and water taxi. Ferries run regular every day of the week, departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Barangaroo and wharves along the F3 Parramatta River Ferry.

Highlights: Historic tours, Shipyard Stories Exhibition, kayaking, lawn games, historic and heritage displays, and historic Cranes.

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2. Lord Howe Island

This blissful paradise escape welcomes just 400 visitors at any time, making it the perfect island escape for those who want to avoid the crowds! The Island is rugged with volcanic peaks, lush forests, rolling surf and serene lagoons as well as being circled by the world's most southerly coral reef and crystal clear waters making it ideal for the perfect swim, snorkel, dive, kayak, surf and paddle boarding as well as fishing experience.

Image Courtesy from Lord Howe Island Tourism Facebook


The unique ecosystem is home to endemic and rare flora and fauna including 113 plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, 207 different bird species and over 500 species of fish and marine life and 90 different corals.

Accommodation Types: Luxury eco-lodges, family-friendly guesthouses and modern self-contained apartments.

Image Courtesy from Lord Howe Island Tourism Facebook


How to get here: By air. QantasLink offers year-round trips departing from Sydney on most days, and from Brisbane on weekends. Flight time is under two hours.

Highlights: Mount Gower which sits at 875m, beachside barbecues, impressive restaurants, water-based activities, Admiralty Islands (group of volcanic formations), and coral reefs.

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Image Courtesy from Lord Howe Island Tourism Facebook


3. Broughton Island, Port Stephens

If you are after an 'off the beaten track' secluded camping experience, then this island getaway is the one for you! With five campsites on the beautiful Broughton Island, off the coast of Port Stephens with lashings of activities to enjoy including diving, snorkelling, swimming, fishing, and walks, this is truly a nature's paradise not to miss.

Little Poverty Beach offers a special camping experience and is the only place in New South Wales where you can camp among an active seabird colony, whilst Esmeralda Cove makes for a wonderful snorkelling and swimming experience.

Image Courtesy from NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Facebook


Accommodation Types: Camping only.

How to get here: Accessible by private boat or boat tour operators in Port Stephens can drop you off and pick you up.

Highlights: Water-based activities, only five campsites, birdwatching opportunities, secluded island getaway.

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4. Montague Island

Off the coast of the scenic and quaint Narooma on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Montague Island is the ultimate island getaway that offers spending a night in the restored Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage.



The Island is home to New South Wales's largest colony of Australian and New Zealand fur seals- hundreds of seals and more than 90 bird species along its shoreline.

Activities include walking tours, self-guided island walks, birdwatching, snorkelling with seals, lighthouse tours and penguin tours.



Accommodation Types: Staying at the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage.

How to get here: Accessible by boat tour operators.

Highlights: Snorkelling & swimming with seals, penguin tours, birdwatching and lighthouse experience.

Click here for the website.



5. Dangar Island

Dangar Island is the perfect weekend away, with the island being home to plenty of luxurious 'river access only' properties, swimming, fishing and kayaking adventures, bushwalking and cycling trails as well as being home to one cafe and bowling club.

The Island is located in the middle of Hawkesbury River and is a forested Island of 29 hectares in area and is located north of Sydney in a suburb of Hornsby Shire and there are no cars on the Island.

Accommodation Types: Cottage stays, beach houses, cabins, houseboat and Airbnb.

How to get here: The only way to get to the Island is by boat. There is a ferry service that runs regularly between Brooklyn, Wobby and Danger, daily. There is a water taxi available if you miss the ferry. To get to Danger it is an hour's train ride from Sydney.

Highlights: Water-based activities, bushwalking and cycling experiences.

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6. Scotland Island

Located on Sydney's Northern Beaches the beautiful Scotland Island is home to bushwalks and secluded bays, making it a wonderful relaxing city escape. The Island is a refuge for natural forests, bushland reserves and native animals.

Image Courtesy from Scotland Island Residents Facebook


Accommodation Types: Holiday house stays, lodges and Airbnb.

How to get here: Accessible by the Church Point Ferry. It is a 50 minute drive from Sydney CBD to Church Point (parking can be found near the ferry) or Bus ride from Wynyard.

Highlights: Water-based activities including hiring a yacht as well as bushwalks.

Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Scotland Island Residents Facebook
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Your Comment
Lord Howe is definitely on my 'to do' list!
by Elaine (score: 3|6405) 33 days ago
An interesting list. I had only heard of two of these islands.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 25 days ago
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