Family Islands National Park is an comprising a group of Australian national park lying a short distance off the coast, about midway between continental islands and Cairns , in Townsville . Most of the area has been designated as part of the national park. Far North Queensland
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.
The largest of the Family Islands, their Aboriginal names, and their position in the "family" are:
There are also a number of smaller islands:
, which is connected to Dunk Island on particularly low tides Kumboola 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.
(Ti mana), which is privately owned with one residence. This is the only Australian island which is owned Thorpe Island . Freehold