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

 

 

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