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Molle Islands National Park
Queensland
IUCN Category II (National Park)
South Molle hiking.JPG
Track on South Molle Island, 2007
Nearest town or city Airlie Beach
Area 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi)
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Website Molle Islands National Park
See also Protected areas of Queensland

Molle Islands is a national park in North Queensland, Australia, 913 km northwest of Brisbane. The park covers several continental islands a short distance offshore including Long Island, Tancred Island, Repair Island, Planton Island, Goat Island, Denman Island and the majority of North Molle Island, Mid Molle Island and South Molle Island. The park features white sandy beaches, open eucalypt forests, rainforest-clad gullies and grasslands. The traditional owners of the islands were the Ngaro people.

Environment

Planton Island
Planton Island, 2007

211 different species have been identified in Molle Islands National Park. This includes two vulnerable species, the coastal sheath-tailed bat and the beach stone-curlew.

Recreation

Sandy Bay - South Molle Island
Sandy Bay, South Molle Island, 2007

On South Molle Island and Long Island there are marked walking tracks. Most are graded easy and some are suitable for mountain biking. Viewing wildlife, swimming and snorkelling are other popular recreational activities.

Access

The park is accessed by boat from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour. Tour operators provide day tours and ferry transfer is available from nearby resort islands.

Facilities

There are numerous locations available to campers. Some have picnic tables and toilets. Open fires and ash-producing stoves are banned.

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