Holbourne Island National Park Whitsundays

About Holbourne Island National Park

    Park features

    The park’s diverse vegetation ranges from grassland and stunted shrubs on the hillsides to vine thickets on the foreshores. A small forest of pisonia trees is near the shore, which is unusual because this forest type usually occurs on coral cays, not continental islands. Holbourne Island National Park is a major nesting site for green and flatback turtles and is an important breeding habitat for several bird species.

    The islands and surrounding waters are protected by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

    Looking after the park

    Be pest-free!

    Our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage islands are among the most pest-free islands in the world. They need your help to stay this way. Please Be pest-free! (PDF, 573.6KB) before your visit.

    Before you visit, please check that your boat, clothing, footwear and gear are free of soil, seeds, parts of plants, eggs, ants and insects (and their eggs), spiders, lizards, toads, rats and mice.

    Be sure to:

    • Unpack and clean out your backpack and hand, beach or camera bags and check them carefully before your visit, as pests love to hide in stored gear.
    • Clean soil from footwear and gear as invisible killers such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are carried in soil.
    • Check for seeds in pockets, cuffs and hook and loop fastening strips, such as Velcro.

    While you are on the islands, remove soil, weeds, seeds and pests from your boat, gear and clothes before moving to a new site. Wrap seeds and plant material, and place them in your rubbish.

    Everyone in Queensland has a General Biosecurity Obligation to minimise the biosecurity risk posed by their activities. This includes the risk of introducing and spreading weeds and pests to island national parks.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Please also read Looking after national parks of the Whitsundays.

    Park management

    Read about Managing national parks of the Whitsundays.

    The national park will be managed in accordance with the Holbourne Island National Park and adjoining State Waters Management Plan (PDF, 1.7MB) .

    Tourism information links

    See Tourism information links for national parks of the Whitsundays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.