Howick Island

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Howick is located in Queensland
Etymology Sir Charles Grey, Viscount Howick[1]
Location Coral Sea
Coordinates 14°30′11″S 144°58′26″E / 14.50306°S 144.97389°E / -14.50306; 144.97389Coordinates: 14°30′11″S 144°58′26″E / 14.50306°S 144.97389°E / -14.50306; 144.97389
Total islands 19
Major islands
  • Beanley Island
  • Bewick Island
  • Hampton Island
  • Ingram Island
  • Newton Island
  • Combe Island
  • Stapleton Island
  • South Barrow Island
Area 4.8 km2 (1.9 sq mi)[2]
Highest elevation 56 m (184 ft)[3]
State Queensland
Population uninhabited

The Howick Island is the southernmost and an uninhabited island in the Howick Group National Park that is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Far North Queensland, Australia.

The island is located in the Coral Sea and is situated about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south-east of Cape Melville. The area of the island is approximately 480 hectares (1,200 acres).[2]


The island group was named by Lieutenant Charles Jeffreys RN, captain of HMS Kangaroo, in 1815, possibly after Sir Charles Grey, Viscount Howick, a soldier.[1]

Ion Idriess' first novel, Madman's Island, was published in 1927 and is semi-autobiographical based on the author's experiences on Howick Island.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Howick Island". Queensland place names search. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Map of Howick Island, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Howick Group National Park Management Statement 2013" (PDF). Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nightmare on Howick: Madman's Island by Ion Idriess". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957). National Library of Australia. 12 November 1938. p. 20. Retrieved 30 October 2015.