my Girlfriend and I are heading up to North Qld for a week in Sept and I just wanted to hear some thought/recommendations on a few of the islands up there.
We are locked into Magnetic for a few days (I was there last year and it was superb) but we are also looking for an island with a bit more bush on it- preferably where you can snorkle of the shore for a bit of coral.
THe internet has led me to believe the best choices are.
1- Hinchinbrook (between Townsville and Cairns). Massive, Rainforests and you can camp where like- probably with the whole beach to yourself. But ferry is a bit of a rip off at $100 return. And not sure if there is coral
2- Hook Is (Whitsundays). Reefs directly off shore. Also pretty cheap to get ($40 return I think)
3- Whitsunday Island Maybe?? I know it is massive and has the much raved about Whitehaven beach (which is deserted once all the daytrippers leave at 2pm)
But are there any I'm overlooking? I've had a bit of a look on the net but you can't beat first hand knowledge... Also if you have any mainland recommendations as well.
Is it prett much Jellyfish free this time of year? That doesn't start till Oct-Nov right?
Anywhere between Cairns and Airlie is good (but pref closer to Townsville)