Tropical Coast of Queensland

Goldsmith Island

Goldsmith is the largest island in this group of continental islands off Mackay, protected in Smith Islands National Park. Goldsmith has a rocky coastline and is covered in low open forest and woodland with brush box trees and a wattle and grasstree understorey. Long, sandy beaches on the island s northern and western sides are fringed with pandanus trees and coastal she-oaks. The islands and surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and are protected.

Things to do: Bush camp on Goldsmith Island. Bookings are essential in holidays. Toilets and picnic tables are provided. Take fresh water, a fuel stove for cooking and insect repellent. Open fires and generators are prohibited. Remove all rubbish to the mainland.

Two bays on the north-western side of Goldsmith Island provide a sheltered anchorage for small craft. Go snorkelling over the fringing reef. The waters that surround Smith Islands National Park are popular for boating and fishing. Fringing reefs, rocky headlands and seagrass beds offer many opportunities for the recreational angler. With 16 islands in the national park, there are many coves and beaches that can be explored by boat.

Beware of marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months.

Getting there: Goldsmith Island is 30km north-east of Seaforth. Access is by private boat or water taxi.

Further information: QPWS, DPI Building, 30 Tennyson Street, Mackay, Queensland. Ph (07) 4944 7800.