Family Islands National Park

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Family Islands National Park
Queensland
IUCN category II (national park)
View from Mount Kootaloo.jpg
View from Dunk Island
Family Islands National Park is located in Queensland
Family Islands National Park
Family Islands National Park
Nearest town or cityTully
Coordinates17°55′33″S 146°08′07″E / 17.92583°S 146.13528°E / -17.92583; 146.13528Coordinates: 17°55′33″S 146°08′07″E / 17.92583°S 146.13528°E / -17.92583; 146.13528
Established1994
Area8.69 km2 (3.4 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteFamily Islands National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Family Islands National Park is an Australian national park comprising a group of continental islands lying a short distance off the coast, about midway between Cairns and Townsville, in Far North Queensland. Most of the area has been designated as part of the national park.

The islands were given their collective name and also English names by Captain Cook when he sailed through the area in 1770, they were part of the mainland until roughly 8,000 years ago when the sea level rose.[1]

The Islands[edit]

The largest of the Family Islands, their Aboriginal names, and their position in the "family" are:

There are also a number of smaller islands:

  • Kumboola, which is connected to Dunk Island on particularly low tides
  • Mound Island (Purtaboi), which is protected as a sea bird nesting habitat
  • Woln Garin, a small island off Dunk Island's south east corner, known locally as "40ft Rock"
  • Battleship Rock (Pee-Rahm-Ah), named because of its distinctive shape when seen from the north.
  • Thorpe Island (Ti mana), which is privately owned with one residence. This is the only Australian island which is owned Freehold.

Facilities[edit]

Camp grounds are available on Dunk, Coombe and Wheeler Islands, with permits available from Queensland Parks and Wildlife.[2] Resorts operate on Dunk and Bedarra Islands.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Family Islands National Park: Nature, culture and history". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Family Islands National Park: Camping information". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 3 April 2012. Archived from the original on 21 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.