Flinders Group National Park
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Seven remote and ruggedly attractive islands, with a rich cultural landscape, form Flinders Group National Park. The islands contain important Aboriginal story and burial sites, along with nationally significant rock art showing early contact with Europeans. The islands lie adjacent to Cape Melville and are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Visit the islands on a commercial cruise vessel or in your private boat. Walk the 2.8 kilometre interpretive trail to learn about the Yiithuwarra 'saltwater people'. Contemplate their rock art in the Ship and Yindayin rock shelters on Stanley Island (Yindayin). Bush camp on Flinders Island (Wurriima). Watch seabirds and look for turtles and dugong. Enjoy the remoteness of this unique park.
Children are welcome.
How To Get There:
The Flinders Group of islands is located adjacent to Princess Charlotte Bay, 25 kilometres west of Cape Melville and 11 kilometres north of Bathurst Heads, 340 kilometres north of Cairns, and 180 kilometres north of Cooktown, on eastern Cape York. Several commercial cruise vessels departing Cairns visit the island group. The islands can also be reached by private vessel. A popular anchorage for cruising yachts, the islands can be reached by small boat from Bathurst Heads or Cape Melville in suitable weather and tide conditions. Owen Channel near Aapa Spit, conspicuous sand spit on Flinders Island, is the most popular anchorage and is safe in all winds except for the south-west storms during the wet season.
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Flinders Islands National Park
180 kilometres north west of Cooktown
Queensland 4895 Australia
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