The islands to get stranded on

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

“This is THE destination on the travel journalism grapevine – stunning, cheap and almost entirely untouched,” says Rickard, who gave the islands a 9 (“one point off for its distance from mainland Australia – hurry up and get me there already!” she says).

We can’t help but reckon it’s a 10 on natural luxuries, however – there are four islands boasting palm trees, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, world-class diving, uncrowded surfing… ah, we could go on.

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