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Michaelmas Cay, Cairns

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Island Wildlife Area
An important breeding site for terns, Michaelmas Cay is a protected area teeming with life. The terns are sometimes joined by turtle species that nest along the cays. These nesting sites are a vital resource for scientists studying these species, and you'll often see photographers snapping photos or scientists jotting down notes. The area where the birds live is densely vegetated due to the abundant bird droppings (an excellent fertilizer), in contrast to the rocky terrain of the rest of the cays. Add Michaelmas Cay and other attractions to your Cairns trip itinerary using our Cairns trip builder.
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  • The whole family had a wonderful day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, it was an overcast and cloudy day, it rained at one stage but it did not stop us from snorkelling, we seen 5 sea turtles and...  more »
  • My life list trip to the Great Barrier Reef did not disappoint! Lots of fish and beautiful color! We traveled on the Seastar tour boat, and everything was first rate. It wasn't too crowded, and the lu...  more »
  • The is a good place to begin snorkeling. First the Cay is a sand island that is a bird sanctuary. A small part is designated for our use. We put on our flippers and mask and walked into the water. The...  more »