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Greetings from down under where the weather is finally settling and winter sunshine is everywhere. With borders gradually opening up, the bucket list is growing. A trip to one of the many Islands that abound in Australia, is a definite must.

There are over 8,000 islands to choose from, and here are fifteen favourites.  Whitsunday, Rottnest, Magnetic, Fitzroy, Fraser, Phillip, Lord Howe, Kangaroo, Cockatoo, Great Keppel, Lady Musgrave, Moreton.

For those that have a lot of money and don’t know what to do with it, Island buying is the in thing. There are a few Hollywood stars who own islands here. With some islands cheaper to buy than a home in Sydney. Such is life.

Sitting in the Bass Straight between Melbourne and Tasmania, is Ninth Island and the going price is $1.9 Million. It comes with Penguins, Dolphins, Seals and Native birds. A short helicopter flight from Launceston or 12km by boat.

There is also Wild Duck Island in Queensland, up for grabs at 4.5 million dollars.  White sandy beaches and magnificent bird life.



Meanwhile, Phillip Island, Victoria, has long been a favourite, not only for its breathtaking natural beauty, with incredible wildlife for nature lovers, and stunning landscapes.  But also, because it has the famous Penguin Parade. This is home to the largest Little Penguins in the world.

Watching these amazing seabirds waddle home from the ocean to their burrows is magic, and one of the most popular wildlife attractions in Oz.

Say hello to Fraser Island the world’s largest sand island, with diverse landscapes and unique wildlife, including Whale watching.

This World Heritage gem north of Queensland, forty- minute boat ride from the mainland offers everything.

Ancient Sand Dunes, long stretches of beautiful beaches, crystal clear freshwater lakes, and creeks. Lush Rainforests and an abundance of native flora and fauna to explore.

Platypus Bay is Fraser Islands best kept secret beach, with its brilliant turquoise waters and snow-white sand. It is known as Paradise. With miles of beaches, beautiful scarped dunes reaching up to 60m high, and lovely shells washing up on the shores, plus Humpback whales frolicking just off shore.

Rottnest Island is off the coast of Western Australia and is an A-Class Reserve with the highest level of protection afforded to a public ground. This is due to its unique natural attractions, and pristine beaches.

It is well known for its population of Quokkas, a small native marsupial found in very few other locations. Home to colonies of Sea Lions, and Southern Fur Seals, and an important Bird Area. It is also a perfect location to see Humpback and Southern Right Whales as they make their annual migration.

More Islands next month.

Here at Shelly Beach all is well, with Lorikeets, Honey Eaters, and many other beautiful birds flying in for their morning feast. The surf is high and the sun is shining.

Cheers.  Patricia