Low Isles trip is a great way to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
are about 15km
outside Port Douglas, and make a
great day trip.
There is plenty of coral reef just outside the Low Island, easy to
discover on a snorkelling trip.
You also have the option to visit the outer
reef while in Port Douglas,
which is farther away and has more serious diving opportunities, but if
you just want to snorkel and watch the coral reef, Low Isles are great.
The isles are only
accessible by boat
trips from Port
You can also take the trips from Cairns
however this means you'll
still be taken by buss to Port
Douglas, where all the boats depart (there are no boats
already staying in Port Douglas you may have wondered about the night light that you
can see blinking
over the ocean from
and Four Mile Beach.
Yes, it is the Low Isles
more than a
hundred years after it was built in 1878.
It was the first
lighthouse in far
north Queensland, and like Port Douglas it was hit by a
tropical cyclone in
devastaed the island and the buildings (most of which were later
consist of two islands - the larger, mangrove-covered
(an important habitat for birds and other animals but there is no
reason to go there so the tours won't take you); and the much smaller
Low Island - a real coral cay (and the home
walk around it in 10 minutes - that's how tiny it is! There is a research station
weather station on the island too.
And there is a walking
with lovely views over the sandy beaches and the surrounding ocean.
on tropical islands, there are also a lot of birds, the most
obvious ones are
terns that fly around everywhere.
things are of course swimming and snorkelling.
There are no dangerous sharks
island, and a stinger suit will protect you from jellyfish.
The corals are very close to the
right off the beach, so not much swimming is needed, which is ideal in
case you are not a too confident swimmer.
If you are into photography,
forget to bring an
There are some fantastic views
soft and hard corals,
clams, sea cucumbers, molluscs, sea snails.. Even dugongs,
manta rays and large
can be seen with some luck.
alone come in hudreds of species including wrasse, sweetlip,
rabbitfish, clowfish, damselfish, angelfish and parrotfish.
and giant trevally are also present, but fishing is not
the islands of Low Isles.
this 50 pages
guide totally for FREE.
contains information that helps you getting started with planning of your trip.
You get to make early-stages desicions such as when to go, how long time you
should take, how to get
there and get
to stay (general info), what
will it cost..
and a short insight to what is there to see and do in Cape York.
This complete 300 pages
travel guide is all you need before and during your trip. Besides the
background chapters on the peninsula's history and wildlife; and the comprehensive detail about all
the places (down to prices, opening hours and full contact
detail), it has invaluable information on at least 10 four wheel drive tracks,
at least 30 guaranteed FREE
camping spots on the Cape (and at least 150 on your way to
the Cape), at least 40 best
swimming holes, all mapped; as well as practical things -
from fuel, roads, wireless internet and mobile phone reception,
how to deal with the national
parks booking rules; and Aboriginal land entrance and camping permits
and alcohol restrictions - to vehicle preparation and accessories and necessary recovery
gear by my vehicle-recovery-guy partner).
Not to mention locals'
tips on how to spot that croc and palm cockatoo ;-)
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