24th Sep 2015
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Australia’s must-see secret islands
Australia’s must-see secret islands

Australia is one big island – but if you have escapist fantasies, then there are over 8000 hidden gems waiting for you just off shore. Here are the five most interesting and secluded secret islands within Australia’s boarders.

Bigge Island, Western Australia                                                                                                            

Located off the Kimberley Coast, Bigge Island is home to some of the world’s oldest and most exquisite rock art – the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion art, the latter of which is believed to be more than 50,000 years old. The drawings can be found hidden in the rock cliff gorges, close to the edge of the island, and feature images of people, including white Europeans smoking pipes.

Haggerstone Island, Queensland

Boasting some of the best coral reefs in the world, Haggerstone Island is also home to many bird species and a vast marine life. The private tropical island is located in the Great Barrier Reef and available for rent to tourists. Visitors can explore shipwrecks, go beachcombing for WWII artefacts, and try snorkelling and fishing.

South Solitary Island, New South Wales

You’ll want to get your timing right with South Solitary Island, because it’s only open to the public for two weekends a year. Accessible only by helicopter, tourists are taken to visit the historic 1880 lighthouse, where they learn what it might have been like to live the solitary life of a lighthouse keeper.

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    30th Sep 2015
    11:41am
    West Island on Cocos-Keeling is my favorite. Constantly warm (24-25C minimum, 28-29C maximum), only about 300 people, no traffic, no traffic lights, 30km speed limit for the few vehicles there, you ride a bike everywhere. The island is only 15km long.
    The water temperature is close to the air temperature, and the amount of fish, turtles, and crabs is amazing.
    The only downside is the astronomical cost of everything.
    You HAVE to take your food, or a stay there will break you.
    We stayed for 3 weeks last July and took an Esky full of food, that weighed on the baggage limit of 23kg.
    Frozen meat and chicken on the bottom and all the other normal food on top, so it all stayed cool.
    You need to take fruit and vegetables, because a lettuce can cost $9 and potatoes and onions $7 kg.
    Yummy local-caught fish is regularly available for $10 a kg though.
    We calculated our food supplies perfectly and used it all up, and only had to buy a couple of meals.
    There are basically only two eateries, a tiny cafe and the motel restaurant, and the meals are very expensive in both.
    Virgin are the only airline servicing the island and you don't get any "specials" on fares, it's around $1000 return from Perth.
    Even at that, the air service is subsidised by the Govt to the tune of $14M annually, but Virgin says it's still not enough and they are barely breaking even on the run and it's likely the services will be curtailed. They currently fly to Cocos only about 3 times a week.
    PlanB
    30th Sep 2015
    1:21pm
    I love solitude and I am sure I could be a light house keeper


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