North West Island

North West Island

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North West Island

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North West Island is a coral cay in the southern Great Barrier Reef, located 75 kilometres northeast of Gladstone, Queensland. North West Island forms part of Capricornia Cays National Park and with an area of 1.05 kmĀ², the island is the second largest coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef. It is part of the Capricornia Cays Important Bird Area.


Guano was mined on North West Island during the 1890s. Turtle soup canneries operated on the island from 1904 to 1914 and 1924 to 1926. The environmental importance of North West Island was recognised when it was included as part of Capricornia Cays National Park in 1994.

In September 2009, Jacob Lollback died while spearfishing off North West Island.

In mid April 2010, it was suspected that the 2010 Great Barrier Reef oil spill had reached North West Island. Small globules of oil were found along a 1 km long section of a beach. Clean-up crews were removing the oil by 14 April. A Maritime Safety Queensland spokesperson doubted the oil could have arrived on the island from the MV Shen Neng 1 so quickly, claiming the oil was from an earlier spill.

2010 -Gladstone State High School developed ways of managing the environment better, and in a more sustainable way, by submitting proposals to The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Flora and fauna

The vegetation of the island is...
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