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Woody Island (Tooliewah) and Little Woody Island (Walangoora), Great Sandy National Park

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What's special

Woody Island (Tooliewah) and Little Woody Island (Walangoora) lie in the Great Sandy Strait, between Fraser Island (K'gari) and Hervey Bay. These islands form an undeveloped section of Great Sandy National Park.

Woody Island (Tooliewah)

Woody Island's (Tooliewah) rocky foreshores, open forests and fringing mangroves are home to a great variety of birds. Its twin lighthouses (built in 1866), and associated buildings, are heritage listed for their contribution to the maritime, and European settlement, history of the Maryborough – Hervey Bay area. A small undeveloped, vessel-access-only, bush-camping area is located at Jeffries Beach on the island's south. It's a great base from which you can explore the island.

Little Woody Island (Walangoora)

Little Woody Island, known to the Butchulla people as Walangoora, is a small-island landscape with high conservation value that supports a huge variety of bird and marine life. There's a rich shorebird feeding and roosting habitat near a rocky reef to the south and sandy flats to the north.

Camping is not permitted on Little Woody Island (Walangoora) because of its high conservation value.

Fishing is not permitted in the high conservation, Marine National Park green zone next to Little Woody Island (Walangoora).

Getting there

Both islands are in the Great Sandy Strait.

  • 5km, or about a 20min boat trip, east of Urangan in Hervey Bay
  • access is by private boat only—refer to the Boonlye Point to Hervey Bay Small Craft Chart for more information.

Remember to contact Volunteer Marine Rescue before your departure and on your return. Their call sign is VMR 466 on VHF repeater channel 22/73.

Exploring Woody Island (Tooliewah)

You can camp at Jeffries Beach on the south-eastern side of Woody Island (Tooliewah) and explore from there.

  • about a 25min boat ride from the Urangan Boat Harbour in Hervey Bay
  • a quiet retreat for self-sufficient visitors.

Find out more about camping on Woody Island (Tooliewah)

  • Camping permits are required and fees apply.
  • No facilities are provided.
  • Book your camp site online.
  • If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.

Boaties and fishers:

  • Know size and bag limits.
  • Watch your lines—lost tackle is lethal to marine life.
  • Go slow for those below, especially in shallow water.
  • Throw nothing overboard.
  • Bury all fish scraps 50cm deep at a point well below the high tide mark.

Walking

Imagine the life of the early lighthouse keepers as you explore the island. Walkers, who camp at Jeffries Beach, can take the 6km return walk along the shoreline to the gas shed, then, follow the walking track (750m return) up to the Middle Bluff lighthouse.

For your safety, do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures.

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Location of Woody Island (Tooliewah) and Little Woody Island (Walangoora), Great Sandy National Park within Queensland

Last updated
20 November 2019