Sensitive Locations in the Hinchinbrook Planning Area
Within the Hinchinbrook Planning Area there are some Locations that are particularly sensitive because they have an exceptional combination of natural, scientific, cultural and World Heritage values. There are special management arrangements in place to protect these values. The Sensitive Locations are:
- Bowden (Budg-Joo) Island,
- Brook Islands,
- Coombe Island,
- East coast of Hinchinbrook Island,
- Eva Island,
- Hudson (Coolah) Island,
- Missionary Bay,
- Mound (Purtaboi) Island,
- Mulligan Bay,
- Picnic Beach Location,
- Ramsay Bay,
- Shepherd Bay,
- Smith Island,
- Wheeler (Toolgbar) Island, and
- Zoe Bay.
They can be located on the Sensitive Locations maps (see Download Map).
If your permit allows you to access the Hinchinbrook Planning Area, then it is likely that you will be able to visit the Sensitive Locations. However, so that the number of vessels and aircraft visiting these special places is sustainable, there are controls on the number of times most tourism operations can visit, including a booking arrangement.
Can I visit a Sensitive Location?
For most operations, you may operate to a Sensitive Location provided:
- you book to access each Sensitive Location
- you do not access the same Sensitive Location more than 50 days per year
- you are not a motorised water sports operation
- your vessel is less than 35 metres.
Can I have greater access?
You can operate without booking and more than 50 days per year if:
- you hold an individual exemption through your permit (check for any endorsements or letters of authorisation)
- you conduct a non-motorised craft operation, a passenger transport operation, a guided interpretive tour, a hire operation, a craftless operation (e.g. piggy-back operation) or a bareboat operation.
How many vessels can book?
For most Sensitive Locations there is a maximum number of commercial tourism vessels that can be booked to access the Sensitive Location in a day (see Table).
Vessel Booking Limit
|Open Tour Operations and Long Range Roving Operations (combined)||Limited Tour Operations (50 days access a year to the area)|
|Bowden (Budg-Joo) Island||1 per week||1 per week|
|Brook Islands||1 per week||1 per week|
|Coombe Island||No access||No access|
|East Coast of Hinchinbrook Island||1 per week||2 per week|
|Eva Island||1 per week||1 per week|
|Hudson (Coolah) Island||2 per week||2 per week|
|Macushla||2 per week||1 per day|
|Missionary Bay||2 per week||1 per day|
|Mulligan Bay||No further access||1 per week|
|Picnic Beach Location||No further access||No further access|
|Mound (Purtaboi) Island||No further access||No further access|
|Ramsay Bay||1 per week||1 per week|
|Shepherd Bay||1 per week||2 per week|
|Smith Island||No access||No access|
|Wheeler (Toolgbar) Island||2 per week||2 per week|
|Zoe Bay||1 per week||
1 per week
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