Low Isles

Situated 15 kilometres north-east of Port Douglas, the Low Isles comprise a four acre coral cay surrounded by 55 acres of reef. The reefs are very close to the island, which makes snorkelling an easy and enjoyable experience. The two small islands are separate but share the common reef.

The larger of the two, Woody Island, is uninhabited except for a large bird population. It is a vital habitat for many species.

The smaller of the Low Isles is a coral cay with a lighthouse that has been operating since 1878. Weather data has been gathered from the island since 1887, and scientific associations date back to 1928 when it was the base for a year-long scientific survey that examined the structure and ecology of the surrounding reef. This was the first scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world, and many current theories of coral reef ecology are based on the findings of this expedition.

There are 150 different species of hard corals in the waters surrounding Low Isles, although these are dominated by 15 species of soft corals. If you look closely, the feathery tentacles of soft corals can often be seen collecting tiny food particles from the water around them. Living amongst the corals is a large variety of fish, molluscs, sea cucumbers and other animals. Colourful blue, green and purple parrotfish are a common sight as well as angelfish, damselfish, anenomefish or clownfish, trevally, rabbitfish, sweetlip, moon wrasse and fusilleers, just to name a few! Plus, you might run into the resident turtles.

The lightstation (controlled by Queensland Parks and Wildlife) on the flat low lying western island, was completed and exhibited in 1878. The 18 metre tower was originally constructed on a timber frame with a galvanised sheath in the typical Queensland fashion, however Low Isles was the first to have porthole windows.

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Island Gateway Holiday Park

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At Island Gateway Holiday Park in Airlie Beach Whitsundays, Australia, you'll discover the wide range of accommodation styles and modern facilities. From camp sites and camp-o-tels, to Deluxe Spa, and Tropical Villas, you will find the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing the beautiful Whitsundays and Airlie Beach, or relax in the tropical pool.

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Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
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Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
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BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is truly 'Paradise found' in the Whitsundays. The region's most awarded resort holiday park, it's proudly famous for top quality accommodation from budget to spare no expense, for amazing facilities, including the new multi purpose function room The Palm House, activities and for their incredibly helpful, infectiously happy and caring staff.

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at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat

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at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat sets new standards of luxury adult only boutique accommodation in the Whitsundays. Adjoining Airlie Beach and nestled on Pioneer bay which features pristine turquoise waters surrounded by breathtaking rainforest, guests can expect a high level of privacy coupled with exceptional unobtrusive personalised service.

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at Whitsunday Vista Resort

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at Whitsunday Vista Resort offers you distinctive apartment style accommodation, located directly across from the Port of Airlie and adjoining Boathaven Bay. Relax and enjoy the Whitsunday Vista of turquoise blue waters from your private balcony with uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.

at Marina Shores

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