Explore the Barnard Islands on your Great Barrier Reef Holiday

Secluded Beaches backing onto dense rainforest.
Birthplace of the Great Barrier Reef.

Boasting shallow Reef, sandy beaches & dense Rainforest, the beautiful Barnard Islands are only minutes off the coast of Kurrimine Beach, just north of Mission Beach & accessible by private boat or Kayak.

The Barnard Island Group comprises seven continental islands—Bresnahan, Hutchinson, Jessie, Kent and Lindquist (North Barnard islands) and Sisters and Stephens (South Barnard islands).
The islands lie 5–10km offshore from Kurrimine Beach.

For your Barnard Islands adventure, there is accommodation available at the Kurrimine Beach Motel, Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park, King Reef Resort, the Cowley Beach Caravan Park and the Etty Bay Caravan Park.

Contact Coral Sea Kayaking for guided kayaking adventures to the Barnard Islands and more!

Camping and accommodation
Camping is permitted on Stephens and Kent islands only. Campers must be self-sufficient.
Camping permits are required and fees apply for Stephens Island. Kent Island is a Commonwealth island and no camping fees apply. To protect nesting seabirds, access to Stephens Island (PDF, 125K) is restricted to the sand spit and camping area on the western side of the island from 1 September to 31 March.

Be sure to check for PARK ALERTS before venturing out on any camping expedition.

Barnard Islands - Great Barrier Reef Holidays

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