Thinking of a 4-5 days trip to Hamilton Island when we are visiting Brisbane for two weeks. Seems quite convinient with the direct flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island. The island looks quite ok, maybe not a paradise, but ok! Accomodation seems quite pricy.
Are there any good alternative islands you can recommend us, that would fit a for a 4-5 days long trip out of Brisbane, located along the east coast or barrier reef somewhere? We have a rental car and are willing to drive somewhere and take a ferry to an island, or to fly from Brisbane to an area on or near a nice island :)
Criterias: Scuba diving, snorkelling, beach, pool.