Significant Bird Sites around Hinchinbrook
Birds are an important and integral part of the ecosystems of the Hinchinbrook area and some places in the area are an important stopover for migratory birds such as seabirds, shorebirds and the Pied Imperial Pigeon.
There are special management arrangements to help protect the Significant Bird Sites of the area.
Where are the Significant Bird Sites?
The Significant Bird Sites are mainly in the Brook Islands Group, with some further north and one to the east of Hinchinbrook Island (see Download Map).
When can I visit?
Because roosting and nesting birds are very vulnerable to disturbance, there are some times of the year when you will not be able to visit these sites. For most sites, you must not visit between 1 October and 31 March (inclusive). There are three important islands in the Brook Islands Group that you must never visit (see table below).
|Closed All Year||Closed between 1 October and 31 March (inclusive)|
|North Island (Brook Islands)
Middle Island (Brook Islands)
Tween Island (Brook Islands)
|South Island (Brook Islands)
Mound (Purtaboi) Island
Pee Rahm Ah Island (Battleship Rock)
How close can I go?
During the restriction period it is best to stay well away from these islands. If you need to visit the waters around the islands during the restriction period then, when using a vessel, you must not approach at more than 6 knots within 100 metres of the Mound (Purtaboi) Island bird site; or 200 metres of any other Significant Bird Site.
If you operate an aircraft then you must not operate below 1500 feet (above ground or water) when within 1000 metres lateral distance of a Significant Bird Site during the restriction period for that site.
How can I help protect birds?
If you and your visitors have the opportunity to view birds in the Hinchinbrook area then please make sure you follow the responsible reef practices for seabird watching.
Hinchinbrook Settings Map 1 Settings, significant bird site, transit lanes and cruise ship anchorages - 319.9 kb
Hinchinbrook Settings Map 2 (Family and Brook Islands) Settings, significant bird sites and no anchorage areas - 543.6 kb
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