Mast Head Island

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Mast Head Island is a hidden gem nestled in the Southern Great Barrier Reef, approximately 60 kilometers north-east of Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. This remote coral cay offers an escape to nature reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe's adventures.

Facilities & Amenities

  • Suitable For Tents


  • Campfires allowed

Additional rules

1) Fires: Prohibited (open and closed). Gas or liquid fuelled stoves for cooking purposes are permitted.

2) Generators: Not permitted.

Things to know

The island is accessible only by boat, making it a secluded destination for those seeking an authentic wilderness experience. Visitors can use private boats or book a trip on a commercial vessel, departing from Gladstone. The camping area on Mast Head Island is a self-sufficient haven situated on the island's western side. It provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature with limited amenities but stunning surroundings. While there are no defined campsites, up to 50 people can camp in the open area under the shade of casuarina trees. You can stay for a maximum of 21 consecutive nights. The camping area has a sandy surface, perfect for tent camping. Minimal facilities are provided. Campers are encouraged to bring all necessary supplies, including food, water, a first-aid kit, insect repellent, sun protection, a reliable torch, and sturdy rubbish bags. Portable chemical toilets are recommended. Open and closed fires are strictly prohibited. However, you can use gas or liquid-fueled stoves for cooking. Mobile phone coverage on the island is unreliable. It is recommended to have marine VHF radios or satellite phones for communication.



Mast Head Island is not just about its natural beauty; it's also a vital nesting site for loggerhead and green turtles. The island is home to a diverse seabird population, providing opportunities for birdwatching. Enjoy short walks around the cay, especially during low tide, when you can walk on the reef flat. Spot seabirds as you explore the island's diverse ecosystem. The island is surrounded by an outstanding coral reef, making it an excellent spot for snorkelling and diving adventures. Explore the crystal-clear waters and coastline of Mast Head Island at your own pace by canoe or kayak. Take your boat out for a spin and explore the surrounding waters. The clear waters invite you to take a refreshing dip. Fishing enthusiasts can try their luck in the waters around the island.


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