Barcoo

Taking in 60,901 square kilometres in South Western Queensland, "Barcoo" is the seventh largest shire in Queensland that offers an outback experience not to be forgotten. Travellers will encounter magnificent red sand hills, brilliant white ghost gums, rock formations, natural open grass lands and river flats.

The three small townships of Barcoo include Jundah, Stonehenge and Windorah. These towns have history dating back as far as the 1870's. Pioneer graves, historic sites such as the JC Hotel Ruins, Magee's Shanty and Battle Hole are some of the iconic landmarks within this region.

Home to the Shire's Administration Centre, Jundah is located on the banks of the Thomson River, just 30 kilometres above the "Barcoo Junction". This is where the Thomson and Barcoo River also meet to form Coopers Creek. Tranquillity is also the draw card to this quiet little town that has a population of 110 people. The historic building built in 1899 hosts a mural painted by school children in 1990 and the Barcoo Shire Museum depicts interesting relics from the past.

Stonehenge is a quaint little town located 67 kilometres to the north of Jundah and situated on a Stoney ridge overlooking the Thomson River. The area boasts scenic views and astonishing landscapes.

35 kilometres below the "Barcoo Junction", Windorah is the last stop before Birdsville and rests on the edge of Coopers Creek flood plains. Close by, magnificent red sand hills rise from the black soil plains and present a majestic picture. The Information and Cooper Art and Craft Centre continue to provide a great information for visitors.

A variety of events and functions are held within the shire and include the International Yabby Races at Windorah, Woolly Caulfield Cup Sheep Races at Jundah and the Bronco Branding at Stonehenge. Visitors will experience genuine country hospitality amidst the communities whilst travelling the country roads.

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Fitzroy Island National Park

Fitzroy Island, Cairns Area
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This island national park, located close to the mainland, is rugged with diverse landscapes featuring granite outcrops, open woodlands, rainforest, mangroves and coral beaches. The island and its surrounding waters form part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
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Michaelmas Cay, part of Michaelmas and Upolo Cays National Park, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Michaelmas Cay is a small, low sand cay, covered by grasses and low-growing plants.

Agincourt Reef

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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Agincourt Reef, off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef, is a series of many smaller reefs with at least 16 different dive sites. The Channels offer interesting swim-throughs and caves, while The Gardens are renowned for their exceptional abundance of brightly coloured reef fish.

Hope Islands National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
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This island national park includes East and West Hope islands as well as Struck Island and Snapper Island. East and West Hope islands are low-lying cays. West Hope Island is a shingle cay formed from piles of loose shingle (coral debris) on which only the most hardy plants such as mangroves survive.

Green Island National Park

Green Island, Cairns Area
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This small rainforest-clad coral cay is surrounded by coral reefs and is one of the Great Barrier Reef's most popular destinations. A true coral cay, it was formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef.

Mackay Cay

Cape Tribulation, Douglas Area
The snow white sand and the crystal clear waters of Mackay Cay act as the ultimate holiday backdrop. As a small sand island approximately fifty kilometers from Port Douglas, Mackay Cay is located on the north west corner of the Mackay Reef.

Jorgey's Patch Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
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Accessible on a day trip from Cairns, Jorgey's Patch features a variety of terrains for divers to explore, including bommies, ridges, gutters and ledges. In depths between 10 and 25 metres, divers will find an abundance of reef fish on this reef, including fusiliers, angelfish, wrasses, anemone fish and rock cods.

Barracuda Bommie Dive Site

Port Douglas, Douglas Area
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With a name like Barracuda Bommie you would expect to see barracuda at this dive site, and fortunately it rarely disappoints. Located on the Agincourt Reefs, off Port Douglas, Barracuda Bommie is a giant pinnacle of coral that rises from the sandy sea floor at 26 metres.

The Oasis Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
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Divers exploring The Oasis at Milln Reef, off Cairns, have a choice of exploring coral gardens in the shallows or a series of bommies in deeper water. The bommies are quite spectacular, rising from 20 to 30 metres and coloured by beautiful whip corals, soft corals and gorgonians.

Green Island Fringing Reefs

Cairns, Cairns Area
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Green Island, located off Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef, is a true coral island surrounded by sandy beaches and a huge coral reef system. Four metres above sea level, 606 metres long, 200 metres wide and half a kilometre in circumference.
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