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Surrounded by extensive fringing reefs, the five islands of Frankland Group National Park feature rocky outcrops, dense rainforest, mangroves and coastal vegetation, making them a haven for wildlife. Featuring outcrops of weathered and eroded green and white metamorphic rock, the islands are part of the coastal mountain range which was separated from the mainland by a rise in sea level 6000 years ago.

The islands support a large array of bird life including numerous seabirds as well as pied imperial-pigeons, fruit doves, varied honeyeaters and white-breasted woodswallows. A colony of spectacled flying-foxes roosts on Russell Island.

The fringing reefs surrounding the islands are home to a diversity of reef life including both hard and soft corals. Manta rays and sea turtles have been spotted in nearby waters, part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Visit in your private vessel from Mulgrave or Russell River boat ramps or go with a commercial tour operator.

Comb the shores at low tide to see intriguing ocean treasures washed up by the sea. Snorkel or dive and enjoy the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Camp overnight on Russell Island to truly experience this peaceful island group. Camping permits are required.


  • World Heritage
  • Public Toilet
  • Walks


12 kilometres east of Deeral
45 kilometres south of Cairns
Deeral QLD 4871

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