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Introducing Moreton Island

If you’re not going much further north in Queensland than Brisbane but want a slice of tropical paradise, slip over to this blissful island. Dazzling white-sand beaches are backed by Australian bush tumbling down to the sands, while the water itself is coloured patchy jade and indigo and, once you’re in it, crystal clear. Apart from a few rocky headlands, it’s all sand, with Mt Tempest, the highest coastal sand hill in the world, towering to 280m. The island hosts prolific bird life, and at its northern tip is a lighthouse, built in 1857. Off the western coast are the rusty hulking Tangalooma Wrecks, which provide good snorkelling and diving.

The best part about the island is its lack of development, with 90% of it a national park. The island sees far fewer visitors than Stradbroke, with mostly families, Asian tourists and grey nomads dropping anchor.