Molle Islands National Park

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Molle Islands National Park
Queensland
IUCN category II (national park)
South Molle hiking.JPG
Track on South Molle Island, 2007
Molle Islands National Park is located in Queensland
Molle Islands National Park
Molle Islands National Park
Nearest town or cityAirlie Beach
Coordinates20°22′36″S 148°51′27″E / 20.37667°S 148.85750°E / -20.37667; 148.85750Coordinates: 20°22′36″S 148°51′27″E / 20.37667°S 148.85750°E / -20.37667; 148.85750
Area18 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteMolle Islands National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Molle Islands is a national park in North Queensland, Australia, 913 km northwest of Brisbane. The park covers several continental islands a short distance offshore including Long Island, Tancred Island, Repair Island, Planton Island, Goat Island, Denman Island and the majority of North Molle Island, Mid Molle Island and South Molle Island; the park features white sandy beaches, open eucalypt forests, rainforest-clad gullies and grasslands. The traditional owners of the islands were the Ngaro people.[1]

Environment[edit]

Planton Island, 2007

211 different species have been identified in Molle Islands National Park.[2] This includes two vulnerable species, the coastal sheath-tailed bat and the beach stone-curlew.[3]

Recreation[edit]

Sandy Bay, South Molle Island, 2007

On South Molle Island and Long Island there are marked walking tracks. Most are graded easy and some are suitable for mountain biking. Viewing wildlife, swimming and snorkelling are other popular recreational activities.[1]

Access[edit]

The park is accessed by boat from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour.[1] Tour operators provide day tours and ferry transfer is available from nearby resort islands.[1]

Facilities[edit]

There are numerous locations available to campers; some have picnic tables and toilets.[1] Open fires and ash-producing stoves are banned.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "About Molle Islands". Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Wildlife of Molle Islands National Park". Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Rare or threatened wildlife of Molle Islands National Park". Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Retrieved 6 September 2014.