Lindeman Islands National Park
Beyond the Whitsunday Passage lies the Lindeman group of islands. Like other islands in the Whitsundays, this group formed when a mountain range was drowned by rising sea levels.
Lindeman was formed from the remains of molten rubble spewed from large volcanoes. Smaller islands have a resistant volcanic core while larger islands in the group are made up of grants.
Lindeman Island has a variety of vegetation types including rainforest in sheltered pockets, open forest in drier areas, grasslands and wetlands. The Aboriginal people who visited these islands knew Lindeman as “Yara-Kimba”, the place of snapper and bream. Frequent burning maintained the grasslands on Lindeman Island.
The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected.
For information on Lindeman Islands National Park please link to the Park Guide - Whitsunday Islands National Parks.
Gloucester Islands National Park, Whitsunday Islands National Park, Molle Islands National Park and Repulse Islands National Park are also situated within the Whitsunday group of islands. Please explore these parks for further camping opportunities around the islands. Restrictions apply to activities such as spear fishing, fishing, collecting and anchoring. Check first. Take water, a fuel stove and insect repellent in summer. Advance bookings essential.
Access by private boat from Shute Harbour or Laguna Quays. 30-43km south-east of Shute Harbour. Thomas Island is 45km east of Laguna Quays.
Enjoy the sunset over Lindeman Island from the Neck Bay camping area. Walk to Mt Oldfield on Lindeman Island for a magnificent view over the islands.
While water is usually clearer on the northern sides of the outer islands, snorkelling over the reef flat at high tide can still be rewarding.
Go bird watching around the wetlands on Lindeman Island. See forest kingfishers, swamphens and bush stone-curlews.
Seasonal bird restrictions apply from 1 October to 31 march. Beach access is not permitted within the seabird nesting area on Shaw Island (the beach east of Burning Point) and visitors must observe a 6-knot speed limit within 200m of high water mark.
Beware of marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months.
Camp at Boat Port (Lindeman Island), Neck Bay (Shaw Island) or Naked Lady Beach (Thomas Island).
Boat Port is a quiet campsite in a beach scrub setting with a toilet and a picnic table. Neck Bay (Shaw Island) and Naked Lady Beach (Thomas Island) have no facilities but a beautiful sandy beach. Campers must be self sufficient. Open fires and generators are prohibited. Take water, a fuel stove and insect repellent. Remove all your rubbish from the islands.
Further information and booking centres:
QPWS Whitsunday Information Centre
Cnr Shute Harbour and Madalay Roads
PO Box 332
AIRLIE BEACH QLD 4802
Phone: (07) 4946 7022
Fax: (07) 4946 7023