Low Isles History & Facts

Low Isles History…

What is Low Isles?

Low Isles is situated on a large,  200 hectare, oval shaped, coral platform.  Low Isles consists of a small coral cay, a large mangrove island, mudflats, seagrass beds, and coral reefs.

Where is Low Isles?

The Low Isles are located approximately 8 nautical miles from Port Douglas, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.  Located within the Marine National Park Zone of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Low Isles and its historic lighthouse were registered on the Commonwealth Heritage List in June 2008 in recognition of their place in Australia’s cultural and Indigenous heritage and are is also under the protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

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Weather & Reef Research

Weather data has been collected on Low Isles since 1887 and scientific associations date back to 1928 when it was the base for a year long scientific survey which studied the structure and ecology of the surrounding reef.

This study was the first detailed study of a coral reef from Low Isles anywhere in the world and many current theories of coral reef are based on the findings of this expedition.

Low Isles Lighthouse

Low Isles Lighthouse & Research StationToday the University of Queensland operate a Great Barrier Reef research station housed in what was previously the assistant lighthouse keeper’s house.

This centre provides exciting and stimulating reef research projects for scientists and students and more importantly plays a pivotal role in eco sustainable reef management.

Safe Snorkelling Haven

The islands are surrounded by 5.5 acres of coral reef very close to the islands, making it an ideal area for snorkellers.

Wildlife

Living amongst the corals in the blue lagoon are a large variety of reef fish including angelfish, damselfish, anemones, giant trevally, sweetlip, fusiliers and many green turtles are sighted daily.

The mangrove habitats of Low Isles virtually uninhabited Woody Island is a vital habitat for a wealth of bird species, including large, white Herons – a bird watchers delight.

Walking Trails

Taking the Island Heritage Walk is a ‘must do’ when visiting Low Isles. Learn about the history of Low Isles and its environment.