National Parks


QLD Mackay - South Cumberland Islands National Park

Off the central Queensland coast lies the Cumberland group protected in South Cumberland Islands National Park.

Scawfell Island is the largest island in the group. Granite cliffs line this hilly continental island’s rocky, indented coastline. Open eucalypt woodland covers most of the island and hoop pine-dotted rainforest grows on steep, sheltered slopes. Scawfell is an important turtle rookery.

Cockermouth is a hilly island covered mainly in open grassland. The western side has sandy beaches and a sheltered anchorage. A remnant ancient Pleistocene reef is exposed at low tide in the shallow lagoon on the island’s western side.

The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected. This is part of the sea country of the Ngaro people.


Scawfell Island is 60km north-east of Mackay. Access is by private boat or water taxi.

Further Information

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

13 QGOV (13 74 68)