Goldsmith Island, Smith Islands National Park

Smith Islands National Park is located within Queensland. The largest island in the National Park is Goldsmith Island. Smith Island, for which the National Park is named, is one of the smaller “triplet” islands in the Family Group of islands. The islands in the national park are the Family Island grouping, which are continental islands.

The National Park covers an area of 18.7 square kilometers. The aboriginal name for Smith Island is Kurrambah.

Natural environment

Goldsmith Island’s coastline is rocky, its land is covered by low forest and bushland (with brush box trees, as well as grasstree and wattle making up the understorey), and the northern and western coasts are ringed with long, sandy beaches.

Activities (Nature and Wildlife Interest)

The Smith Islands National Park is quite undeveloped. Visitors can undertake typical outdoorsy activities, such as bushwalking, camping, animal viewing, birdwatching, boating, swimming, and snorkeling by the fringing reef.

There are two protected bays on Goldsmith Island where you can anchor your boat, both of which are located on the north-western shore.

Accommodation

There is no accommodation on Goldsmith Island, however there are camping facilities.

Camping

Bush camping is possible on Goldsmith Island. The island has established campsites with toilet facilities and picnic tables. Booking is essential during the high season. Campers are advised to bring fresh water, insect repellant, and a fuel stove for cooking (open fires are not allowed). Generators are prohibited.

Getting There

Smith Islands National Park is located 862km northwest of Brisbane. Goldsmith Island, which is the Smith Islands National Park’s largest island, is located 30km north-east of Seaforth and off the coast from Mackay.

Visitors can reach the island only by private boat or water taxi.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park declared Smith Island to be a “Sensitive Location” environmentally, limiting visits to the island to twice a week.



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