Dunk Island lies just 4 km off South Mission Beach and with a ridge line of over 200 m high, it is clearly visible from the mainland. Captain Cook sighted and named this ‘Tolerable high island’ in June 1770. A regular ferry service now operates from Narragon Beach to the... Read more
Dunk Island lies just 4 km off South Mission Beach and with a ridge line of over 200 m high, it is clearly visible from the mainland. Captain Cook sighted and named this ‘Tolerable high island’ in June 1770. A regular ferry service now operates from Narragon Beach to the island, accommodating day-trippers as well as longer term guests. Most of the island is part of the 730 ha Dunk Island National Park. However, the western corner has been partly cleared and includes a 500 m long, low, sandy, cuspate foreland. This area houses a tourist resort and landing strip. There are two beaches on either side of the foreland - Pallon on the south and Brammo Bay on the north.Brammo Bay (D2) on the north side of the foreland is even more protected, owing to its northerly aspect. Consequently the island jetty and settlement, including the resort, are located along its 1.2 km long sandy shore. The beach is relatively narrow at high tide, while at low tide sand and reef flats are exposed, particularly toward the centre and eastern end. The jetty is located at the western end where the water is deeper.
Both beaches are relatively safe, with usually calm to low wave conditions. Best swimming and snorkelling over the reefs is at high tide, with the flats exposed at low tide.
The jetty is a favourite spot, providing access to the only deep water close to shore; otherwise use a boat to go out over the reef at high tide.
Dunk Island was immortalised by the beachcombing author E. J. Banfield, who lived on the island in the early 20th century. It remains a primarily natural environment, now preserved by its largely national park status.Read less
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