Family Islands National Park

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°55′33″S 146°08′07″E / -17.92583; 146.13528
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

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.