Although it is located not far from the mainland, Long Island is a wonderfully relaxed and peaceful place to stay with a nice secluded feel to it. If you want to avoid the bustle of Hamilton Island, it’s a good choice.
It’s popular with a variety of visitors: particularly couples seeking a romantic getaway, but also with the traveller looking to relax in a beautiful location and anyone who appreciates nature. And despite the laid back atmosphere, there are still plenty of activities available for you to enjoy.
Long Island Accommodation
Accommodation on Long Island is of a high standard, with a choice of some excellent resorts, including the multiple award winning Paradise Bay Island Eco Escape which is an environmentally sustainable resort that has earned itself some rave reviews.
If you are looking for a more secluded type getaway, Paradise Bay is definitely one for your short-list – leave your mobile phone and laptop at home: there’s no reception, instead you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the island and the luxurious comforts of the resort.
Another option is the award winning family-friendly Long Island Resort with it’s somewhat laid back, informal atmosphere and a choice of comfortable well-equipped Beachfront Rooms and Garden Rooms, which come with private balcony.
You can also opt for rooms at the Lodge, which are twins/doubles or have four bunk beds, all with shared bathroom facilities and very reasonably priced. The Long Island Resort also has it’s own Spa, offering a range of massage, beauty and health treatments.
Update: regrettably, on January 31 2011, Peppers Palm Bay ceased operation.
Palm Bay and Happy Bay are the busier destinations on Long Island, while Paradise Bay – home to the Paradise Bay Island Eco Resort – is secluded, not an option for the day tripper, is limited to a maximum of 20 guests (no children) at a time and is only accessible by helicopter, which takes around 10 minutes from Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island.
Long Island Activities
All the usual activities you would expect to find on a tropical island can be enjoyed, including diving, sailing, tennis, parasailing, waterskiing, plus a good range of tours and cruises can be easily arranged if you feel like doing something like island hopping or game fishing. During August to October you may even be able to spot some whales.
Alternatively, you might like to enjoy the island’s peaceful atmosphere and take in some of the stunning scenery. The beaches and tropical rainforest provide no end of fantastic photo opportunities, there are some amazing walks so don’t forget to bring your camera.
Summary: Long Island is a great choice for anyone seeking some seclusion without wanting to sacrifice comfort: quality accommodation at a reasonable price.