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Possession Island National Park

Possession Island National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.Possession Island National Park. Photo: Queensland Government.

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The Aboriginal Traditional Owners welcome you to the area and ask that you respect this special place.


Approximately 940km north-west of Cairns, and 17km south-west of the tip of Cape York Peninsula, the northern-most point of mainland Australia

What's special

In 1770, when Lieutenant James Cook landed on this island, he named it Possession Island, and ‘hoisted English colours’, taking possession of the east coast of Australia in the name of King George III of England.

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Location of Possession Island National Park within Queensland

Last reviewed
28 June 2019
Last updated
28 November 2016