Some of Australia's most beautiful islands and resorts were the inspiration behind Tribe Tropical's prints - the patterns were designed to transport those who see and wear them to these magical places!
K'Gari / Fraser Island

K’Gari / Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world; it is famed for its diverse landscapes and unique wildlife.

The island has an abundance of freshwater lakes, the most popular being Lake McKenzie, traditionally known as Boorangoora. The sparkling waters and white sand surrounding Boorangoora attract many visitors to its shore each year. 

Some fun facts about Fraser Island:  

  • there are over 100 freshwater lakes on the island 
  • the island is over 800,000 years old
  • there are approximately 30 packs of dingos (native wild dogs) roaming the island, with an average of 12 dingos per pack
  • the island is named after Captain James Fraser who is said to have starved to death on the island! 
  • Eli Creek flows over 80 million litres of fresh water into the Pacific Ocean every day!
White sand beaches on the shores of Fraser Island

Keep an eye out for Azure Kingfisher birds as they fly at great speed through the air, across the island paradise.

Azure Kingfisher. Image © David White

The beautiful deep blue colours of the tiny kingfisher bird amidst the tropical flora and fauna of Fraser Island are the inspiration behind our Kingfisher Cove print. 

Flock together like birds of a feather in matching mummy and daughter styles as shown below.

Mother and daughters in matching Tribe Tropical swimsuits
Tribe Tropical's Kingfisher Cove Swimsuits. Image thanks to @lucasgirlslove
Dunk Island

Dunk Island sits off the coast of Mission Beach; the island is easy to get to, is family-friendly and has an abundance of bird life, walking tracks, beautiful beaches and surrounding reef for snorkeling and diving.

The Royal Australian Air Force used Dunk Island as a base during World War II; its highest point is over 270m above sea level making its peak a handy vantage point.

Muggy Muggy Beach on Dunk Island © Phlip Vids

Dunk Island is home to over 100 species of birds including rare and vulnerable sea birds. 

One of its residential birds is the pink galah, which flies gracefully through the sky, often in flocks of over 1000 birds!

Did you know?

Did you know that galahs are monogamous and keep the same mate for life? The parents raise their young together and lookout for their offspring for several months or even years.

Female galahs have red eyes whereas male galahs have brown eyes – can you see the difference in the following picture?

Our Gaga Galah print was inspired by the beautiful pink birds that light up the skies of islands like Dunk Island, all along the Queensland coast. This was one of the first prints we released, has been sold worldwide and is a favourite for many.

Tribe-Tropical-Gaga Galah-Girls-Swimsuit
Tribe Tropical's Gaga Galah Girls Swimsuit. © Image thanks to Melanie Malatinec
Lady Elliot Island

Accessible via a short 25 minute flight from Bundaberg Airport, Lady Elliot Island is the southernmost coral cay of the Great Barrier Reef.


The island is known for its clear waters, which make it a favourite spot for snorkellers and scuba divers to spot marine life – the most famous being the endangered loggerhead turtles.


Two people snorkeling off Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia

Lady Elliot Island is home to loggerhead turtles year-round; from January to March you can spot the tiny turtle hatchlings as they scurry down the sand and into the beautiful lagoon waters that surround this magical cay.

Did you know that over 100,000 birds nest on Lady Elliot Island over the summer season? It has one of the highest sea bird diversities of any of the Great Barrier Reef’s 600+ islands!



Our Lady Elliot print features adorable loggerhead hatchlings swimming amongst colourful corals, taking you on a trip to this stunning island off the coast of Bargara in southern Queensland.


Your purchase of this print will help support the conservation of the endangered loggerhead turtles as we donate a percentage of all website sales of this print to the Mon Repos Turtle Centre  Available in girls and babies‘ sizes.

Toddler in Lady Elliot Swimsuit & Matching Hat. Image © Tribe Tropical, thanks to Laura Pike
Bargara / Mon Repos

Bargara, a charming coastal village, and nearby Mon Repos, sit on the coast outside Bundaberg. Mon Repos supports the largest concentration of nesting loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific.


The ‘Turtle Playground’ which sits on the Esplanade of Bargara features a giant turtle, paying homage to the region’s turtle population. With plenty of picnic tables and a view of the ocean, it’s a great place to spend the weekend with the family.

Our ‘Bargara Board Shorts’ and ‘Mon Repos Rash Tops’ pay tribute to Tribe Tropical’s home region, and feature loggerhead turtle hatchlings amidst Great Barrier Reef coral.


Get your boys to join the tribe and colour-coordinate their outfits with our Mon Repos sun hat and matching board shorts or rash top.

Tribe Tropical's loggerhead turtle-inspired swimwear. Image ©Tribe Tropical / Cassandra Kirk
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is one of the jewels of the Whitsunday Islands in tropical Queensland; it is a popular holiday destinations for Australians and international visitors.  

Did you know that there are over 35 different colours of hibiscus on the island, and 20 species of palm trees? Over 80% of Hamilton Island is natural, tropical-Australian bush land.

Hamilton Island beach with palm trees
Hamilton Island Australia. Image © Emma Whiting Travel

Hamilton Island is teeming with bird life; one of the most commonly-spotted residents is the Rainbow Lorikeet – with its bright green, orange, yellow and blue feathers, the Rainbow Lorikeet blends right into the bright colours of the local flora. 

Australian rainbow lorikeet birds

Cockatoos are another common sight on Hamilton Island. This instantly-recognisable and iconic Australian bird, with its bright yellow crest of feathers and its white body, can be spotted in flocks across the Whitsundays. 

– often cheeky, they like to invade hotel rooms and steal food, which is what we experienced once while visiting the island paradise! 

young girl with cockatoos on Hamilton Island
Cheeky cockatoos on Hamilton Island. Image © Tribe Tropical

Our Tropicocky and Lorikeet Love prints are inspired by the native birds that call Hamilton Island home.

Lorikeet Love Teen Swimsuit, features rainbow lorikeets among tropical foliage on a navy background.
Tribe Tropical's "Lorikeet Love" teen swimsuit. Thanks to model Phoebe Pafumi © Tribe Tropical
Port Douglas

Port Douglas is a quaint resort town, located in the far north of Queensland outside Cairns – it brings the best of land and sea together,. 

Did you know that this special part of the planet is the only place on earth where two World Heritage areas meet? From Port Douglas you can visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, as well as nearby Cape Tribulation.

Port Douglas Queensland

If you spot a flash of shimmering electric blue while walking through the resort village,  you may have been lucky enough to witness a majestic Ulysses Butterfly mid-flight. The Ulysses Butterfly is one of the Far North’s most distinctive butterfly species and the most elusive to photograph. 

The striking colours of this beautiful butterfly make them vulnerable to predators and because of this they fly quickly and in an erratic pattern to avoid being eaten. Sadly these butterflies are critically endangered and at risk of becoming extinct

Queensland Ulysses butterfly

Our ‘Ulysses by the Sea’ print features this unique butterfly species so your child can stand out by the sea in sun-safe style.  Available in girls and babies‘ sizes.

Girls long-sleeve swimsuit with Ulysses butterflies amidst tropical leaves and frangipannis

Have you visted any of these places that have won our hearts and inspired our tropical prints?

Tribe Tropical’s boutique sun-safe swimwear is a great way to capture those memories of tropical Australia – they also make great gifts for loved ones overseas! 

You can see more of our print collections here.

Planning a family vacation around Queensland? Read our post about the best Queensland islands for families.


We wish you sun-safe fun in the sun! 

March 10, 2022 — Tribe Tropical Aus Admin