Frankland Group National Park

National Parks and Reserves

Surrounded by extensive fringing reefs, the five islands of Frankland Group National Park feature rocky outcrops, dense rainforest, mangroves and coastal vegetation, making them a haven for wildlife. Featuring outcrops of weathered and eroded green and white metamorphic rock, the islands are part of the coastal mountain range which was separated from the mainland by a rise in sea level 6000 years ago.

The islands support a large array of bird life including numerous seabirds as well as pied imperial-pigeons, fruit doves, varied honeyeaters and white-breasted woodswallows. A colony of spectacled flying-foxes roosts on Russell Island.

The fringing reefs surrounding the islands are home to a diversity of reef life including both hard and soft corals. Manta rays and sea turtles have been spotted in nearby waters, part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Visit in your private vessel from Mulgrave or Russell River boat ramps or go with a commercial tour operator.

Comb the shores at low tide to see intriguing ocean treasures washed up by the sea. Snorkel or dive and enjoy the underwater wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Camp overnight on Russell Island to truly experience this peaceful island group. Camping permits are required.


Caravan / Camper Trailer / Campervan Sites / Campsites Family Friendly Public Toilet


Birdwatching Boating Camping Snorkelling Swimming Walks


World Heritage


Free Entry

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Swamp with mountainous backdrop at Enbenangee Swamp.

Eubenangee Swamp National Park

Babinda, Cairns

Estuary with mangroves and mountains in background.

Russell River National Park

Bramston Beach, Cairns

Cruising the Musgrave River

Russell Island Camping transfers by Frankland Islands Reef Cruises

Deeral, Cairns

Frankland Islands Dive Site

Frankland Islands Dive Site

East Russell, Cairns

Tinny on sand on island in Frankland Group

Frankland Group National Park

Deeral, Cairns

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