Woody Island, Great Sandy National Park
In the Great Sandy Strait between Fraser Island and Hervey Bay lie Woody and Little Woody Islands, which together form an undeveloped section of Great Sandy National Park.
Rocky Woody Island’s open forests and fringing mangroves are home to a variety of birds. The twin Woody Island lighthouses and associated buildings, built in 1866, remains of telegraph lines and a grave site are heritage-listed for their contribution to the maritime and settlement history of the Maryborough-Hervey Bay area.
Things to do: Camping is by permit only. Bush camp at Jeffries Beach, about 25 minutes from the Urangan Boat Harbour on the south-eastern side of Woody Island. Camp in the proximity of the Great Sandy National Park, Woody Island Section sign. About five minutes south of the Gas Shed. The camping area is in line with the tip of Little Woody Island. This is a quiet retreat for self-sufficient visitors. No facilities are provided.
Relive the fascinating history of Queensland's early light keepers as you explore around the lighthouses. Follow the walking track up to the Middle Bluff Lighthouse from the Gas Shed. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures. A rock-lined track once linked the Middle Bluff Lighthouse to the North Bluff Lighthouse. The track can now only be seen in places and is not sign posted.
Getting there: Woody Island is in the Great Sandy Strait, about 5km or 20 minutes east of Urangan, Hervey Bay. Access is by private boat only, refer to the Boonlye Point to Hervey Bay Small Craft Chart.
Remember to contact Volunteer Marine Rescue before your departure and on your return. Their call sign is VMR 466 on VHF repeater channel 22/73.
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