Tam O'Shanter Point

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Tam O'Shanter Point is a headland located in South Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia on the north-eastern part of Rockingham Bay in the Coral Sea.[1] It is part of the Coastal Wet Tropics Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for the conservation of lowland tropical rainforest birds.[2]


The point was named by Captain Owen Stanley of the Royal Navy survey ship HMS Rattlesnake, after the barque Tam O'Shanter which was the ship sailed by explorer Edmund Kennedy to North Queensland on his ill-fated expedition to reach Cape York Peninsula in 1848.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Tam O'Shanter Point (entry 33218)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Coastal Wet Tropics. Downloaded from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) on 2011-12-16.

Coordinates: 17°58′S 146°6′E / 17.967°S 146.100°E / -17.967; 146.100