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Michaelmas Cay, Cairns

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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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  • If you can get here, do it, you will not be disappointed. Our cruise on the SeaStar was by far our best experience in Cairns  more »
  • This was the first stop of an all day reef cruise and well worth the stop, beautiful sandy island and good snorkeling in the shallow waters.  more »
  • We selected Ocean Spirit as our trip to the GBR, and have no regrets. The crew was fantastic, the boat was beautiful, and the snorkeling was sublime. This is not just a reef, its a beautiful beach and...  more »