Southern Queensland Destinations

Southern Queensland destinations may not be the most familiar on Australia’s roster of sunny and serene places to visit, but the neighboring resorts of Heron Island and Wilson Island rank among the country’s best locales for an unplugged, nature-friendly family adventure or castaway honeymoon. As you may have guessed, Queensland tourist destinations are all about the reef and the beach, and these two island resorts offer superb access to both.

When it comes to eco-sensitive tourist destinations Queensland receives an A+. Small and flat, family-friendly Heron Island is home to a 109-room resort as well as being a designated protected habitat for a wide array of marine life, from the 100,000 sea birds that congregate here from January to March to the endangered green and loggerhead sea turtles that nest here beginning in November. Tiny Wilson Island, which features just six safari-style tented suites on its compact five acres, ranks high among unique Queensland honeymoon destinations, offering couples a chance to unplug from the world and connect to each other in comfortable yet eco-conscious surroundings.

Activity wise on Wilson Island, you can catch both the sunrise and the sunset (you can walk around it in under 20 minutes), snorkel directly from the beach and explore 20 dive sites that are just minutes away. During turtle season, guests can watch hatchlings emerge and make their way to the sea from right outside their rooms and throughout nesting season birders are able to spy on up to 19 species. In June, whales make an appearance, too.

Meanwhile on Wilson Island, “glamping” goes romantic as each king-bedded accommodation features private decks and hammocks for relaxation. Exclusive chef-created dinners are served in the convivial Longhouse dining room and relaxation area. How you occupy the rest of your time is up to you, but sunning, swimming, snorkeling and snuggling are always popular activities. For nature-lovers, hatching turtles and migrating whales are highlights, too. And couples looking for a quiet spot to have a Queensland wedding can rent out the entire island and marry eco-style.