Visiting Snapper Island safely
Getting there and getting around
Snapper Island lies off the coast of far north Queensland, one nautical mile south-east of Cape Kimberley at the mouth of the Daintree River. Access is by private boat and only possible in fair weather. The main access point is at the north-west corner of the island, close to the day-use area. Boat access on the southern side of the island is restricted by shallow fringing reefs. Strandings are common so avoid boating in these areas.
Several commercial operators have access to the waters surrounding the island and some sea kayaking tour operators offer camping on the island as part of their tour. For more information see the tourism information links.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities or tracks on Snapper Island.
- Take care on loose and uneven walking track surfaces, particularly in wet conditions.
- Always carry water, wear hats and sturdy footwear and walk in the cooler part of the day.
- Wear sunscreen and cover up when you are walking.
- Be aware that marine stingers (dangerous stinging jellyfish) may be present in the waters around Snapper Island, particularly during the months of October to May.
- Be aware that estuarine crocodiles can occur in waters around these islands. Remember your safety is our concern but your responsibility—always be croc wise in croc country!
For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.
Before you visit
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! before your visit.
Essentials to bring
Preparation is the key to a safe and enjoyable visit to Snapper Island. Make sure you bring:
- drinking water, rubbish bags and a fuel stove
- protective clothing, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
- suitable shoes for walking on rough surfaces
- insect repellent.
Snapper Island, Hope Islands National Park (CYPAL) is open all year round. Visitors should check weather conditions, as the island may be inaccessible during strong wind warnings, gales or cyclonic activity. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Permits and fees
Camping is permitted at West Point. A camping permit is required and fees apply. A tag with your booking number must be displayed at your campsite.
Camping permits must be obtained before travelling to Snapper Island.
- Book your campsite online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Permits are required for all commercial activities or group functions within the park.
Domestic animals are not permitted on Snapper Island, Hope Islands National Park (CYPAL).
Climate and weather
Snapper Island has a tropical climate. In summer, the temperatures and humidity are high. From April to September, the days are cooler and less humid. Visiting in the cooler winter months is recommended. Weather forecasts are available from the Bureau of Meteorology or for more information see the tourism information links.
Fuel and supplies
As you need to be self-sufficient when visiting Snapper Island, you will need to bring fuel and supplies from the mainland.
- There are currently no park alerts for this park.