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 Lighthouse, still operating 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 1911, which devastaed the island and the buildings (most of which were later restored).
Low Isles consist of two islands - the larger, mangrove-covered Woody Island (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 of the lighthouse).
You can walk around it in 10 minutes - that's how tiny it is! There is a research station and a weather station on the island too.
And there is a walking track with lovely views over the sandy beaches and the surrounding ocean.
Like always on tropical islands, there are also a lot of birds, the most obvious ones are terns that fly around everywhere.
But the best things are of course swimming and snorkelling. There are no dangerous sharks or crocodiles near the island, and a stinger suit will protect you from jellyfish.
The corals are very close to the island, 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, don't forget to bring an underwater camera!
There are some fantastic views over both soft and hard corals, giant clams, sea cucumbers, molluscs, sea snails.. Even dugongs, manta rays and large marine turtles can be seen with some luck.
Fish alone come in hudreds of species including wrasse, sweetlip, rabbitfish, clowfish, damselfish, angelfish and parrotfish.
Trevally and giant trevally are also present, but fishing is not allowed near the islands of Low Isles.
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