Wilson Island (Queensland)

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Wilson Island
Nearest town or city Gladstone
Coordinates 23°18′16.07″S 151°54′56.26″E / 23.3044639°S 151.9156278°E / -23.3044639; 151.9156278Coordinates: 23°18′16.07″S 151°54′56.26″E / 23.3044639°S 151.9156278°E / -23.3044639; 151.9156278
Area 0.02 km2[1]
Managing authorities Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

Wilson Island is one of eight vegetated coral cays in the Capricornia Cays National Park.[2] It is located north of the Tropic of Capricorn,[3] approximately 72 kilometres north east off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland and 15 kilometres from nearby Heron Island.[4] It is part of the Capricornia Cays Important Bird Area.[5] It is also part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Wildlife[edit]

Wilson Island is an important turtle and bird rookery fringed by a white coral beach and covered with pisonia forest.[6] The Capricorn Silvereye, a small bird endemic to the southern Great Barrier Reef, is present. From November to March, the island is home to wedge-tailed shearwaters and green turtles laying their eggs. The island is closed during the month of February for the bird nesting season.[7] From January to April, baby green turtles hatch and make their way into the sea, while from June to September, humpback whales can be seen going to and from their winter feeding grounds.

Resort[edit]

The island's primary land use is as an exclusive resort, which is run by Delaware North.[8] A total of twelve guests can stay on the island at any given time, with six tents providing accommodation.[9] Access to Wilson Island is by boat from nearby Heron Island, which is also owned by Delaware North.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilson Island fact sheet". Delaware North. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Capricornia Cays National Park". EPA/QPWS. Archived from the original on 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Capricornia Cays National Park map". Department of Environment and Resource Management. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wilson Island Getting There". Delaware North. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  5. ^ "IBA: Capricornia Cays". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-06-12. 
  6. ^ Gough Henly, Susan (2007-09-15). "Barefoot bliss". The Age. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Wilson Island, Great Barrier Reef". Delaware North. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  8. ^ Welcome to Delaware North Companies International. Retrieved on 27 February 2012.
  9. ^ MacDermott, Jacqui (2003-06-01). "It's a jungle out there, so order a G&T". The Observer. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 

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