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.
Things to do: 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.
Getting there: Goldsmith Island is 30km north-east of Seaforth. 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