Smith Islands National Park Mackay

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation


    Smith Islands National Park has a designated camping area on Goldsmith Island. Visitor numbers are limited to ensure a secluded experience. You will need to book your site and purchase your permit in advance. Display your camping permit tag prominently on your tent—there are fines for camping without it.

    Other accommodation

    There is no alternative accommodation on the Smith Islands.

    A range of holiday accommodation is available in and around Seaforth, including motels and caravan parks.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Roylen Bay, Goldsmith Island has a toilet in the camping area.

    Boating and fishing

    The waters that surround the national park are popular for boating and fishing. Fringing reefs, rocky headlands and seagrass beds offer many opportunities for the recreational angler. With 16 islands in the national park, there are many coves and beaches that can be explored by boat.

    Ensure you obtain and consult your zoning map before fishing around Smith Islands National Park.

    For detailed zoning maps and information see the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website.

    For details of fish size and bag limits for popular fish species, see the Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website.

    Viewing wildlife

    Abundant wildlife can be found on the Smith Islands. White-bellied sea-eagles and ospreys patrol the islands, while dugong, sea turtles, dolphins and whales are common in the surrounding waters. The fringing reefs of the islands are diverse and interesting, and can be accessed by boat or by a short swim from the beach.

    Other things to do

    The warm waters of the Smith Islands are great for swimming, snorkeling and diving.

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