National Parks


QLD Townsville - Family Islands National Park

A chain of scenic continental islands extends about 14km off the coast between Tully Heads and Mission Beach. Most of the Family Islands are in the national park. Dunk Island, the most northerly, is hilly and clothed in rainforest and open forest. Beachcomber E.J. Banfield, who lived on Dunk Island from 1897 until 1923, wrote four books about the island’s natural history.

Wheeler, Coombe, Smith, Bowden and Hudson Islands are also in Family Islands National Park. Stunted woodlands of casuarinas, wattles and eucalypts grow between tumbled slabs of granite on the windswept south-eastern sides of the islands and lush rainforests grow on the sheltered northern sides


Water taxis from Mission Beach, boats from Clump Point and flights from Townsville or Cairns provide easy access to Dunk Island, 4·5km east of Mission Beach or 36km north of Cardwell

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)