Who said that an island holiday has to be all hammocks and palm trees? Taking it easy has its upsides, sure, but it’s much more fun to step out and get active, particularly when you’re breathing in that heady sea air.

Whatever your favourite activity – hiking, snorkelling, cycling or golfi ng – these magnificent Australian islands deliver plenty of outdoor adventure as well as the laidback charms of island life.

PICTURED MAIN: Rottnest Island/Tourism Western Australia

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