Dunk Island

Camp on a lush continental island

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NOTE: Dunk Island Resort & Daytripper Cafe was damaged
during TC Yasi in February 2011 and is currently closed. Scheduled re-opening date is unknown (as at Dec 2012)

Dunk Island is a compact lush forest-clad island with central Mt Kootaloo summit rising 271m above sea level. Part of the Family Group of Islands sitting 4km offshore from Mission Beach, Dunk is the largest of the group.

Home to the original beachcomber and writer EJ Banfield, back in the late 1800’s Banfield and his wife Bertha lived on Dunk for 30-plus years. He published his book Confessions of a Beachcomber in 1908, swiftly followed by two more tomes, based on observations gleaned from his meticulously recorded details of island life.

These days islanders are more the ‘drop in and chill out’ kind, bedding down on the beach sand capmsites in the National Park. Picnic tables, BBQ’s, flushing toilets and hot showers make up the campsite facilities (Daytripper Cafe still closed as at Dec 2012). The shaded campsite is located near the sand spit reaching westwards towards the mainland. Like all NP campsites, generators and open fires are not permitted

Walking trails traverse the island. An easy 3km return walk to Muggy Muggy Beach winds through rainforest, coastal woodlands and mangroves before terminating at a small sandy cove. Beware of doing this walk at high tide, which might require a wade through water.

A more challenging walk is the 7km return trek to Mt Kootaloo summit (271m). A steep ascent through lowland rainforest changes into eucalypt forest as you gain elevation. There’s a short diversion near the summit to a lookout which offers splendid island views. Keep an eye out for the dazzling blue Ulysses butterfly on your way through the forest.

Dunk Island is in a GBRMPA Green Zone which means no fishing.


  • snorkel
  • dive
  • swim
  • nature walks
  • rainforest
  • camp

Getting there:
Sea – Ferry or water taxi from Mission Beach
Air – Charter flight from Cairns

At A Glance

Camping permit pp per night
Open all year round (weather permitting)

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