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Woody Island and Little Woody Island, Great Sandy National Park

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What's special

In the Great Sandy Strait between Fraser Island (K’gari) and Hervey Bay lie Woody Island (Tooliewah) and Little Woody Island (Walangoora). Together, these islands form an undeveloped section of Great Sandy National Park.

Woody Island's rocky foreshores, open forests and fringing mangroves are home to a variety of birds. Woody Island’s twin lighthouses (built in 1866) and associated buildings are heritage listed for their contribution to the maritime and settlement history of the Maryborough – Hervey Bay area. A small undeveloped vessel based bush camping area located at Jefferies Beach on the south-east side of Woody Island provides a base to explore the island and its surrounds.

Little Woody is a small island landscape with high conservation value that provides shorebird feeding and roosting habitat adjacent to rocky reef to the south and sandy flats to the north. This small island support a variety of bird and marine life. Due to its small nature and high conservation value, camping is not permitted on Little Woody Island. Fishing is not permitted in the high conservation Marine National Park (green zone) adjacent to Little Woody Island.

Getting there

The Woody Islands are in the Great Sandy Strait, about 5km or 20 minutes east of Urangan, Hervey Bay. Access is by private boat only, refer to the Boonlye Point to Hervey Bay Small Craft Chart.

Remember to contact Volunteer Marine Rescue before your departure and on your return. Their call sign is VMR 466 on VHF repeater channel 22/73.

Exploring Woody Island

Bush camp at Jeffries Beach, about 25 minutes from the Urangan Boat Harbour on the south-eastern side of Woody Island. This is a quiet retreat for self-sufficient visitors. No facilities are provided. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Boaties and fishers, know your size and bag limits. Watch your line, lost tackle can be lethal to marine life. Go slow for those below, especially in shallow water and throw nothing overboard. Remember to bury all fish scraps 50cm deep at a point well below the high tide mark.

Walking

Relive the fascinating history of Queensland's early lighthouse keepers as you explore the island. Walkers camping at Jefferies Beach can take the 6km return walk along the shoreline to the gas shed, then follow the 750m return walking track up to the Middle Bluff lighthouse. For your safety, please do not enter or climb on the lighthouse complex structures.

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Last updated
28 June 2016