Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island, QLD © Tourism and Events Queensland

Australia’s most beautiful islands

Australia’s most beautiful islands

Cossies Beach, Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands © Cocos Keeling Islands Tourism Association

Cossies Beach, Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands © Cocos Keeling Islands Tourism Association

Aerial view of Rainbow Beach at Tiwi Islands © Tourism NT/Elise Cook

Rainbow Beach, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Elise Cook

When to go

If you love sport, be sure to visit between October and March when you can watch a match of Australian rules football. Seven teams compete to win the annual Grand Final.

Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, SA © Julie Fletcher

Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © Julie Fletcher

SS Maheno, Fraser Island, QLD © Tourism Queensland

SS Maheno, Fraser Island, Queensland © Tourism Queensland

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Hayman Island, QLD © InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Hayman Island, Queensland © InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

Anson Bay, Norfolk Island, NSW © Kyle Bowman

Anson Bay, Norfolk Island, New South Wales © Kyle Bowman

Seal Rock, Phillip Island, VIC © Visit Victoria, Robert Blackburn

Seal Rock, Phillip Island, Victoria © Visit Victoria, Robert Blackburn

Travel tip

It's a good idea to book your Penguin Parade experience at least a month in advance, especially during busy periods like Christmas and Lunar New Year.

Trousers Point, Flinders Island, TAS © Luke Tscharke

Trousers Point, Flinders Island, Tasmania © Luke Tscharke