Palm Island - Palm Island, QLD

Palm Group

This island, largest of the Palm Group, is 57 kms north of Townsville, has an area of 40 square kms. It is partly surrounded by a fringing coral reef, exposed at low tide. The island was once the largest aboriginal settlement in Queensland. Launches operate between Townsville and the island.

Palm Island is often called a "tropical paradise" because of its natural beauty. Palm Island, also known as Great Palm Island, or by the Aboriginal name Bwgcolman, is
home to 4,000 Indigenous Australians, making it the largest Aboriginal community in Australia.

Palm Island is the main inhabited island of the Palm Islands group and consists of small bays, sandy beaches and steep forested mountains rising to a peak of 548 metres. The group was named by Lieutenant James Cook in 1770, a reference to the indigenous cabbage tree palms. It is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and whales can be seen in Palm Passage. Palm Island, one of many offshore islands, was mentioned in early 20th century tourist brochures as worthy of viewing on a coral coast cruise.


Accommodation-wise, there are hotels, motels, holiday units, cottages and many more.
Other facilities on Palm Island include a selection of interesting shops Retail grocery store & fast-food outlet, bakery, restaurants and service station.



Palm Island, QLD, 4816