Kent Island (Queensland)

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Kent Island
LocationCoral Sea
ArchipelagoBarnard Island Group
Total islands7
RegionFar North Queensland
Local government areaCassowary Coast Region

Kent Island is an island in the Australian state of Queensland located about 80 km North of Dunk Island and east of the Cowley Beach Training area (established 1977) and north of the South Barnard Islands. North west of Kent Island is Jessie Island, Hutchinson Island and Bresnahan Island.


The island is part of the North Barnard Islands which includes a total of five islands.[1] These islands are high continental islands which rise from the seafloor.[1]


The waters around the island were inhabited by the Mamu people.[1] A small lighthouse was built on the island in 1897.[1]

Protected area status[edit]

Kent Island is located within the boundaries of the Barnard Island Group National Park.[1] The island is considered significant because migratory birds rest here.[citation needed]

Recreational activities[edit]

The island is also a site for popular tourist kayaking and there have been sightings of humpback whales.

Camping is permitted on the island.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Barnard Island Group National Park:Nature, culture and history". Department of Environment and Resource Management. 27 July 2011. Archived from the original on 10 April 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
  2. ^ "Things To See and Do: Barnard Island Group National Park". Queensland Holidays. Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 25 October 2011.

Coordinates: 17°40′34″S 146°10′48″E / 17.676°S 146.180°E / -17.676; 146.180