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Michaelmas Cay, Cairns

4.3
#5 of 12 in Parks in Cairns
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 cruise on the catamaran with snorkeling/diving/swimming on the beach itself was not bad. But this little island full of birds at first charms, then ... Since the space for humans is tiny, there's a little shade and the continuous noise of the verses of the birds is annoying ... loses much charm. The stretch of barrier where, despite being outer, is pretty moribund. Obviously the boat team presents you all in glowing terms, but the reality is another.
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  • This cay is a must visit/see/enjoy. The whole trip, spending time with friends,family, enjoying the beauty and colors of underwater world, relaxing...is unforgettable. Not to forget helpful crew and d...  more »
  • Amazing and sandy island cay for Sea birds living place; Clear water for snorkeling and diving; colorful and difference sharp coral under the seas. a lot turtles and so many species of reef fish swimm...  more »

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Though Cairns seems to offer an endless selection of cozy rooms, most budget-friendly options remain fully booked through the high season, stretching from June to September. Reserve early if you want a hotel room packed with amenities, or look for alternative lodgings in the city's smaller inns. As the backpacker capital of northern Queensland, Cairns features dozens of economical hostels providing comfortable beds and free Wi-Fi. For something far more luxurious, look for centrally located rental apartments with spacious rooms and harbor views.
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