The Land Down Under

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From warm, white sandy beaches and lush, green mountainous terrain, the islands of the South Pacific will have you wide-eyed with wanderlust, and ready to book your next adventure.
 
Here’s a look at some of the most exotic islands Australia and New Zealand have to offer.
 

Australia

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is like something out of a Lewis Carroll novel, and probably one to add to the bucket list. It’s the largest sand island in the world at 123 kilometres long and 22 kilometres wide, but here’s the kicker – it’s the only place in the world where 200-metre tall rain forests sprout directly from the sand dunes. 

 

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is the perfect place to enjoy rare sightings of Australia’s most loved little critters, not to mention a seaside holiday escape just 140km from Melbourne. Known for its pristine white sandy beaches, Phillip Island gives you the feeling that you’re all alone on your very own private piece of paradise.
 

Moreton Island

Keeping with the sand and surf theme, Moreton Island offers a blissful tropical escape of unspoilt beaches, sand dunes perfect for bundu-bashing experiences, and a variety of protected lagoons and bushlands waiting to be explored.

New Zealand

Waiheke Island

Considered the Hamptons of New Zealand, Waiheke Island offers a luxury getaway from the hustle and bustle of Auckland city in a secluded, intimate environment. The Island is situated just 35 minutes from the city, and despite its proximity to urban activity, Waiheke has managed to maintain its sense of remoteness from the world. 
 
d’Urville Island

d’Urville is around half the size of the Great Barrier, perfect for diving, fishing, swimming and experiencing nature up close. Separated from the mainland by the choppy French Pass, the Island is only accessible by water taxi. 

  

Ulva Island

Ulva Island is one of the few islands of its kind in New Zealand and is home to a number of rare and endangered bird species, including weka, kakariki, tui, bellbirds, wood pigeons, fantail, and saddleback. 

Photography Supplied, Fay Looney and Peter Morath