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Capricornia Cays National Park
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Location Gladstone, Queensland
Address Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Lat, Long -23.63339, 152.151274
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Phone Number 07 4972 6990
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Description The Capricorn and Bunker groups encompass 22 reefs straddling the Tropic of Capricorn, at the Great Barrier Reef's southern end. There are 16 coral islands, known as cays, on these reefs. The Capricornia Cays National Park protects eight vegetated coral cays—Lady Musgrave, North West, Mast Head, Wilson, Erskine and Tryon islands, and part of Heron Island. Camping is permitted on North West, Mast Head and Lady Musgrave islands only. Access to Tryon Island is currently not permitted to assist the vegetation to rehabilitate. Capricornia Cays National Park's eight islands are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Their biological diversity, exceptional beauty and endangered plants and animals are internationally significant. The stunning white beaches and outstanding coral reefs of these small, relatively untouched cays make them popular destinations. This national park offers a variety of recreation opportunities ranging from commercial resort relaxation to nature-based camping and day visit enjoyment. Unlike rocky continental islands, the Capricornia Cays were completely built by corals. Rich forests of Pisonia grandis, which are typically only found on coral cays, dominate the island vegetation. A fringe of tough, small trees and shrubs such as coastal she-oak, octopus bush, native grasses and pandanus surround the cays' pisonia forests. On North West Island, strangling figs and native elms are scattered through the forest, and native mulberries, sandpaper figs and lantern bushes grow in small clearings.
Keywords QLD, Queensland National Parks, Central Coast, , Birdwatching, Snorkelling, Walking, Camping, Fishing, Wildlife, Boating
Updated on 2014-05-28
Created on 2013-05-31
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