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Nesting seabirds, Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef
Snorkelling at Michaelmas Cay reef, Great Barrier Reef
Map of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park
Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National and Marine Park
Queensland 4870 Australia

Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park
Cairns, Cairns Area

Free Entry

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Michaelmas Cay, part of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Michaelmas Cay is a small, low sand cay, covered by grasses and low-growing plants. Upolu Cay is a low, unvegetated sand cay.

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From the fenced beach access area on Michaelmas Cay, watch seabirds nesting and tending their young without disturbing them. Marvel at the sight of up to 30,000 seabirds occupying the cay at peak nesting periods during summer. Look for sooty terns, common noddies and crested terns. Admire huge flocks of seabirds filling the sky. Go snorkelling to explore the diverse surrounding reefs. Public moorings are provided for private boats.

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Property Details


  • Birdwatching
  • Snorkelling
  • Walking

Open Times

Access to Michaelmas Cay beach is allowed between 0930 and 1500
Public Holidays: Access outside of the roped off area on the beach is restricted to protect breeding seabirds.

Other Information

Children are welcome.

How To Get There

40 kilometres north-east of Cairns. Go by charter, private boat or tour operator vessel. Access to Michaelmas Cay is restricted to a roped-off section of the beach and allowed only between 0930 and 1500. Access to the public moorings is limited to either two or four hours, or, if a vessel picks up a mooring after 1500, it may remain on that mooring until 0900 the next day.

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