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Michaelmas Cay, Cairns
(4.4/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Beautiful reefs. Unfortunately there are no more trees on the Cay (as of the cyclone in 2011) but still a good place to relax and see the many birds on the cay, and the vast aquatic life that can be s...  more »
  • The coral and shellfish wer so colourful at this cay. The fish were plentiful and breathtakingly beautiful. The staff on Ocean spirit were friendly, helpful and very hard working. Everything was as ad...  more »
  • We went on this tour with friends. Its a couple of hours out with briefings and getting gear organised. The Cay where tourists can go is small but filled with birds nesting feeding everything. We were...  more »