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The Cervantes Islands are a small group of islands in Western Australia, found to the south west of Cervantes.

Island group

The Cervantes Islands are a group of three individual islands:

  • North Cervantes Island with an area of 284 hectares (701.8 acres) located 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mi) from the mainland with a maximum elevation of 8 metres (26 ft)
  • Middle Cervantes Island with an area of 0.45 ha (1.1 acres) located 2.6 km (1.6 mi) from the mainland.
  • South Cervantes Island with an area of 0.71 ha (1.8 acres) located 2.7 km (1.7 mi) from the mainland.

The group sits within the Jurien Bay Marine Park and the Turquoise Coast islands nature reserve group, a chain of 40 islands spread over a distance of 150 kilometres (93 mi).

The islands are named for an American whaling ship that was wrecked off the North island in 1844. The ship was named after the writer Miguel de Cervantes.

The Australian sea lion is known to inhabit the islands.

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