Australians wanting an island holiday are spoilt for choice. There are so many of them a relatively short flight from home. The Pacific and Indian oceans have island destinations to cover everyone's desires and budgets.
Jason Dundas headed north-west to Phuket, Thailand's largest island. Connected to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge, it attracts five million visitors every year, lured by a wide range of accommodation, activities and endless food choices.
Many of Phuket's beaches were severely damaged by the 2004 tsunami but there is barely evidence of the disaster, except for evacuation signs should it ever happen again.
Jason based himself at the Radisson Blu Plaza Resort on Panwa Beach on the south-east coast of Phuket.