Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

Photo credit: Keron Murray courtesy Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation

The Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL) is part of an extensive living cultural landscape, rich in traditional and contemporary cultural significance for Traditional Owners.

Stories of events and everyday life about this land have been passed down by Traditional Owners through the generations. Traditional Owners hold these stories sacred—they are important for connecting people to Country.

The natural heritage of the land includes a number of rare and threatened plants and animals including the palm cockatoo and several orchids.

The area features giant white silica sand dunes and perched lakes lying amongst vast areas of diverse vegetation ranging from heathlands to rainforest and eucalypt woodlands. Much of this area is undisturbed and has a high degree of natural integrity. The richness and beauty of this area is further enhanced by the adjacent turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Extensive seagrass beds are important feeding grounds for dugongs and occur in the shallow coastal waters.

The Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL) includes the most aesthetic and dominant feature of the Shelburne landscape—the mobile parabolic sand dunes of the Shelburne Bay dune field.

There is currently no access, camping or visitor facilities within Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL).

More information regarding Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL) can be obtained by contacting:

Wuthathi Aboriginal Corporation
Unit 3, 37–39 Anderson Street
Manunda, Cairns QLD 4870

Postal: PO Box 282, Westcourt, Cairns QLD 4870
Phone: 07 4249 3360


Located on Cape York Peninsula, the Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL) is approximately 150km north-east of Weipa.

Park facilities

  • No access
  • No campfires
  • No rubbish bins
  • No vehicle access
  • No camping

Permanent closure

There is currently no access, camping or visitor facilities within Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) National Park (CYPAL).

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.