Broad Sound Islands National Park Capricorn | Mackay

Visiting Broad Sound Islands safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Access to Broad Sound Islands National Park is by boat only.

    A high level of seagoing ability for extended periods is essential for travel in this area as these marine areas present significant navigational challenges. The nearest boat ramps are near the townships of Stanage Bay, Clairview and Carmila.

    Staying safe

    The islands are isolated so you need to plan your camping and communication requirements carefully. In particular please remember:

    • Strong winds, rough seas and cyclones can isolate campers. Carry emergency food, water, a broadcast radio for weather forecasts, and medical supplies.
    • Boating can be extremely hazardous in Broad Sound Islands National Park. Ensure your safety equipment is checked and maintained. File a trip sheet with the Thirsty Sound Coast Guard.
    • Bring a two-way marine radio or mobile phone in case of an emergency. Some mobile phones have reception from hilltops—check coverage with your provider.
    • Be familiar with local procedures, navigation charts, radio frequencies and call signs.
    • Dangerous stinging jellyfish (‘stingers’) may be present in the waters surrounding these islands at any time but occur more frequently in the warmer months. A full body Lycra suit or equivalent provides a good measure of protection against stinging jellyfish and sunburn. See marine stingers for more information.
    • Look but don't touch! Some marine life can deliver painful and dangerous stings.
    • Be aware that estuarine crocodiles have occurred in Broad Sound and Shoalwater Bay. Remember, your safety is our concern but your responsibilty—always be croc wise. Swimming in these areas is not recommended.

    In case of emergency

    • Emergency: 000
    • If you have difficulty connecting to 000 from your mobile try 112.
    • Channel 16 Marine VHF
    • Thirsty Sound Coast Guard maintains a limited listening watch and can be contacted on Marine VHF Channel 81—coverage may be limited in the outer areas of the park.

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    Many islands within Broad Sound Islands National Park are remote and rarely visited so you need to be self sufficient when you leave the mainland.

    Make sure you have:

    • a first-aid kit
    • sufficient fuel
    • drinking water
    • a fuel stove and fuel. Fires and generators are not permitted
    • a sealable container for rubbish. Bins are not provided—please take your rubbish home with you
    • insect repellent
    • sunscreen
    • boating safety equipment—EPIRB, radio or satellite communications.

    Opening hours

    The park is open 24 hours a day, all year round.

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.

    Other permits

    Commercial photography permits are required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of national park islands Organised event permits are required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Commercial activity permits are required for any commercial activities. View permits and fees for further information.


    Domestic animals are not permitted on any of the islands of Broad Sound Islands National Park, or on the beaches and other intertidal areas that surround the national park islands.

    Climate and weather

    The islands of Broad Sound Islands National Park are subject to tropical coastal weather conditions with daytime summer temperatures averaging 30°C and daytime winter averages 23°C. For further information see the tourism information links below.

    Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

    Fuel and supplies

    You must be self sufficient for your stay. Limited services are available at Stanage Bay, Clairview and Carmila. For more information, see the tourism information links.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.