Russell Island (Frankland Islands)

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Russell Island
Location Northern Australia
Coordinates 17°13′41″S 146°05′38″E / 17.228°S 146.094°E / -17.228; 146.094Coordinates: 17°13′41″S 146°05′38″E / 17.228°S 146.094°E / -17.228; 146.094
State Queensland

Russell Island in North Queensland is part of the Frankland Islands which form Frankland Group National Park, 30 km north-east of Babinda, and south-east of Cairns. A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service campsite exists on the flat end of the island overlooking a beach; the other end of the island is steep with heavy jungle. Pythons are known to inhabit the island.

View from Russell Island

The Frankland Islands are teeming with permanent & migratory marine life, especially the Green Sea Turtle which nests on the island. Normanby Island, part of the Frankland Islands group offers a comprehensive reef system with a tropical island.

The islands are very popular with reef tour operators working from Cairns.