Michaelmas Cay, Cairns

4.3
#1 of 8 in Nature in Cairns Region
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. Make Michaelmas Cay a part of your Cairns vacation plans using our Cairns trip builder .
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  • every visitor needs to learn how fragile this world is. we learned to appreciate our environment and should be good stewardship. a dive into the sea was a fantastic experience.  more »
  • We stopped here on our day cruise on the great barrier reef and what a wonderfully beautiful experience. The birdlife was exceptional to watch, especially the young chicks. The snorkelling was good va...  more »
  • This was one of our stops on our Seastar Great Barrier Reef snorkeling tour. I'm a bit intimidated in the ocean and the idea of not having land nearby is a bit anxiety inducing for me. Even though it ...  more »

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