Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

About Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL)

    Park features

    Covering only 1.5ha, Mitirinchi (Quoin) Island is highly significant as a seabird breeding site. At any time of the year various species of birds nest and breed on the island creating a noisy, guano-covered environment. Nests are built in the stunted vegetation or on the ground among the grasses. Eggs are even laid on bare rock ridges.

    The park is surrounded by a narrow, one hectare fringing reef and crystal clear waters lap over the rocky margins of the island. The vulnerable green and hawksbill turtles frequent the area and the small reef is rich in marine life.

    Looking after the park

    • To protect nesting seabirds, there is no public access to Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL).
    • Be careful not to damage coral with anchors.
    • Domestic animals are not permitted.

    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 boat around the Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL)

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Park management

    Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL) is jointly managed by the Northern Kuuku Ya’u Kanthanampu Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC Land Trust and the Queensland Government in accordance with an Indigenous Management Agreement. Read more about joint management of Cape York Peninsula national parks.

    The reef and waters surrounding the islands are protected within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. They also form part of the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park (State) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Commonwealth).

    The waters adjacent to the island are managed in a complementary manner by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA).

    Tourism information links

    Nature’s Powerhouse
    Cooktown Botanic Gardens
    Walker Street, Cooktown Qld 4895
    Phone: (07) 4069 5763

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.