Smith Islands National Park
Goldsmith is the largest island in this group of continental islands off Mackay, protected in Smith Islands National Park. Goldsmith has a rocky coastline and is covered in low open forest and woodland with brush box trees and a wattle and grasstree understorey. Long, sandy beaches on the island’s northern and western sides are fringed with pandanus trees and coastal she-oaks.
The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected.
Exploring Smith Islands
Bush camp on Goldsmith Island. Bookings are essential in holidays. Toilets and picnic tables are provided. Take fresh water, a fuel stove for cooking and insect repellent. Open fires and generators are prohibited. Remove all rubbish to the mainland.
Two bays on the north-western side of Goldsmith Island provide a sheltered anchorage for small craft. Go snorkelling over the fringing reef.
Beware of marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months.
Goldsmith Island is 30km north-east of Seaforth. Access is by private boat or water taxi.
30 Tennyson Street
PO Box 623 MACKAY QLD 4740
ph (07) 4944 7800
fax (07) 4944 7811
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service