Low Isles Weather

Low Isles Beach

Low Isles Snorkelling… Because Low Isles has a protected lagoon, the water here is generally much more calm than it is on the outer Great Barrier Reef.  That means it’s the best for snorkelling, exploring and sailing.
On very rare occasions we do have to cancel our Sailing & Snorkelling trips out to Low Isles.  Generally this is only in very high winds (borderline cyclonic) or severe weather.

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.

 

 

Go Green & Save the Turtles

Go Green! Save the Turtles bag artwork created by Low Island caretaker, Jenni Fox and sponsored by Sailaway to increase awareness of environmental best practices and assist funding of other educational materials i.e. information leaflets and interpretive centre on island near lighthouse. These medium sized durable, reusable bags are made of strong beautiful natural calico material and bags printed with “Save the turtles” artwork with Sailaway logo and message, proudly supporting Low Isles and turtle sustainability. Go Green – Go Sailaway!

Available only at the Sailaway Reef & Island Tours Marina base $7.50, plan to pick up one when checking in for boarding passes 30 mins prior to departure and perfect to use on Low Island and back home.