Piper Islands National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Adam Creed © Queensland Government

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation

    Camping is not permitted on any of the islands within Piper Islands 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 reefs and waters surrounding the islands of the park are pristine and offer excellent boating and fishing. When boating, help protect the surrounding 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.
    • Avoid landing on islands where seabirds are roosting or nesting on the beach—they are easily disturbed.

    A designated shipping channel runs between the Piper Island reefs and an Australian Maritime Safety Authority navigation tower is located on the eastern edge of Piper Reef near Fisher Island. There are no designated anchorages or public moorings in waters surrounding the Piper Islands. Farmer Island offers fair vessel anchorage and is readily accessed from the nearby shipping channel.

    Piper Islands 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 be found in waters around island national parks. Remember, your safety is our concern but your responsibility—always be croc wise in croc country.

    Viewing wildlife

    Over 75 species of birds are found on Piper Islands National Park (CYPAL). During the summer months the islands become a creche for thousands of seabirds, including terns, pied-imperial pigeons and noddies. Seven species of terns nest on the islands, including the endangered little tern. As access to the islands is difficult, wildlife viewing is best from the water.

    Hawksbill turtles come ashore to nest in the summer months and green turtles are also seen in the waters surrounding the islands.

    To learn more about the park’s wildlife, see natural environment.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.