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Mackay - Brampton Islands National Park
Rocky headlands dotted with hoop pines, open grasslands, woodlands, sheltered bays, and coral rubble and long sandy beaches make these islands some of the most scenic off the Queensland coast. This park consists of Brampton and Carlisle Islands.
Brampton Island rises from sea level to 214m at Peak Lookout. The island has a variety of vegetation types; open eucalypt forest on ridges and sheltered slopes, dense vine forest in gullies and valleys, dry rainforest with towering hoop pines on headlands, grasstrees scattered through native grasslands, coastal scrub and mangroves.
Carlisle is densely clothed in eucalypt forest with rainforest in sheltered gullies.
Turtles feed in the surrounding marine park waters and the islands are important turtle rookeries. This is the sea country of the Ngaro people who also visited the Whitsunday islands further north. Cook named the group after the Duke of Cumberland.
The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected.
Brampton and Carlisle Islands are 32km north of Mackay. Access is by private boat or commercial operators.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
13 QGOV (13 74 68)