Michaelmas Cay, Cairns

4.6
#1 of 8 in Nature in Cairns Region
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. Make Michaelmas Cay a part of your Cairns vacation plans using our Cairns trip builder .
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  • Very nice hike two hours of navigation will reach a small island where they disembark and can snorkel. Also available a boat with floor display where you can see the barrier reef. A trip not to be missed when visiting Cairns
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  • remarkable little cay in the middle of the oceans with lots of marine life surrounding the area like turtles sting rays and sharks  more »
  • Three of us were at the head of the queue and waited to board a catamaran heading for Michaelmas Cay. Great Barrier Reef had attracted us all the way from Japan. We had booked the snorkeling program w...  more »
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  • A perfect place for beginner snorkeling and diving. You can slowly enter the water from the Cay shore, see baby sharks and turtles, and lots of birds. The corals are great there as well, and plenty of curious fishes
  • An amazing experience really beautiful
  • Birdwatching lovers can't be missed by the place. Large numbers of shore birds and it is one of the great reproductive site and habitate of them birds. Great snorkelling and diving spots.
  • Wonderful, beautiful and peaceful
  • Beautiful spot

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