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Great Barrier Reef Travel Guide

Dunk Island

A member of the Family Islands, this 2,397-acre island is divided by a hilly spine that runs its entire length. The eastern side consists mostly of national park, with dense rain forest and secluded beaches accessible only by boat. Beautiful paths have been created through the rain forest, where you might be lucky enough to glimpse a Ulysses butterfly—a beautiful blue species with a wingspan

that can reach 6 inches. Dunk is 4½ km (2 miles) from Mission Beach on the mainland, so it’s easily accessible to day-trippers and short-term campers. There are toilets, hot showers and picnic facilities at the Spit but beyond that, you’ll have to bring your own supplies—food, plenty of drinking water, insect repellent, extra clothes, hat, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, and sturdy shoes for exploring island trails.

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