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About Holbourne Island National Park

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Getting there and getting around

Holbourne Island National Park is the most northerly national park island in the Whitsundays. It is remote and has no facilities. Access to the park is by private boat only.

Getting to the park can present navigational challenges. Always take the weather and tidal influences into account when boating in the Whitsundays. Ensure you read Planning your trip to the Whitsundays and Getting there and getting around the Whitsundays before your departure.

Visitors must be self-sufficient and should have a marine radio. This continental island is completely surrounded by a Marine Conservation Park (yellow) zone and restrictions on some activities apply. Obtain your zoning map from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, department offices or a local bait and tackle shop. Ensure you consult your map.

Although the weather is sunny and tropical most of the year, conditions can change quickly. Cyclones can also pose a hazard to campers isolated on islands. Stay safe and in touch to enjoy your visit. For up-to-date weather information, check the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on 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.

Camping and accommodation


Camping is not permitted at Holbourne Island National Park. However, there are many camp sites on other national park islands within the greater Whitsunday area.

There is a range of accommodation available in and around Bowen, Proserpine and Airlie Beach. See tourism information links for more information.

Things to do

Picnic and day-use areas

Holbourne Island is isolated and no visitor facilities are provided. Day visitors are welcome to visit the island and must be self-sufficient. For a complete list check the Whitsunday visitor facilities and activities summary (PDF, 1.9M). Open fires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands. Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.

Boating and fishing

The Whitsundays area has been described as a boating paradise with deep blue waters, tropical weather and secluded islands to explore.

Visit the Whitsunday national park islands web page for vital information on boating and fishing.


Birds are plentiful from October to March when thousands of waders migrate here to nest. Some boating restrictions apply during this period. See Take care of nesting birds for further information.

Things to know before you go

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, 574K) before your visit.

Please also read things to know before you go to national parks of the Whitsundays.

Staying safe

Holbourne Island National Park is isolated and remote. There is limited recreational use of the island and visitors need to be well prepared and self-sufficient.

To enjoy a safe visit, read more about staying safe in national parks of the Whitsundays.

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, 574K) 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, 1.3M).

Tourism information links

See Tourism information links for national parks of the Whitsundays.

Further information

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Last updated
28 November 2016