South Cumberland Islands National Park

Off the central Queensland coast lies the Cumberland group protected in South Cumberland Islands National Park.


Scawfell Island is the largest island in the group. Granite cliffs line this hilly continental island’s rocky, indented coastline. Open eucalypt woodland covers most of the island and hoop pine-dotted rainforest grows on steep, sheltered slopes. Scawfell is an important turtle rookery.


Cockermouth is a hilly island covered mainly in open grassland. The western side has sandy beaches and a sheltered anchorage. A remnant ancient Pleistocene reef is exposed at low tide in the shallow lagoon on the island’s western side.


The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected. This is part of the sea country of the Ngaro people.


Things to do: Bush camp on Scawfell Island. A shelter shed and toilets 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. Bookings are essential in holidays.


Refuge Bay on the northern side of Scawfell Island is a popular anchorage. Fishing is allowed only here.


Beware of marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months.


Getting there: Scawfell Island is 60km north-east of Mackay. Access is by private boat or water taxi.


Further information: QPWS


DPI Building,


30 Tennyson Street


PO Box 623 MACKAY QLD 4740


ph (07) 4944 7800


fax (07) 4944 7811



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