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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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  • We went on the Ocean Spirit cruise. Crew & everyone we're fine, but we got to Michaelmas Cay & snorkelled but there was nothing to see, so a waste of money. We did see coral in the semisubmersible boa...  more »
  • Great place to see both marine life as well as the thousands of birds that call this place home. A fabulous place. 
  • I went to Michaelmas Cay as one of three stops with Silverswift. Silverswift was a class act for safety but I expected to see beautiful coral reefs but everything was bleached a tan color. We saw no c...  more »