Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Things to do

    Image of seabirds in flight above the guano stained rocks of Mitirinchi Island.

    Seabirds in flight above the guano stained rocks of Mitirinchi Island.

    Photo credit: Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation

    There is no public access to Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL). The nearest boat-based camping is available on the main island of Wuthara Island National Park (CYPAL).

    Boating and fishing

    The tropical waters surrounding Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL) are a wonderful place to explore. When boating, help protect the fringing reefs by following these guidelines:

    • Anchor in sand away from coral reefs.
    • Use a reef pick if anchoring in coral is unavoidable. When hauling in, motor toward the anchor to prevent damage.

    There are no designated anchorages or public moorings in waters surrounding Mitirinchi Island.

    Mitirinchi Island National Park (CYPAL) and the surrounding marine waters are internationally significant and are protected in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Zones in the two marine parks—the Great Barrier Reef Coast and Great Barrier Reef—provide a balanced approach to protecting the marine and intertidal environments while allowing recreational and commercial use. Check zoning information and maps before entering or conducting any activities in the marine parks.

    Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland.

    Be aware that estuarine crocodiles can occur in waters around islands and Cays in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Crocodiles are potentially dangerous and attacks can be fatal. Remember, your safety is our concern but your responsibility—always be croc wise in croc country.

    Viewing wildlife

    Mitirinchi (Quoin) Island has resident seabirds throughout the year. Great and lesser frigate birds breed during the winter months but can still be seen feeding their young during summer. Black noddies and bridled terns breed throughout the year. On approach to the island, large numbers of birds can be seen feeding from the surface of the water and flying to and from nests as they feed and care for their chicks.

    To prevent disturbance to the breeding birds please do not leave your boat. There is no public access to the island.

    See natural environment to learn more about Mitirinchi Island’s wildlife.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.