Low Isles is made up of two islands, Woody Island an uninhabited coral/mangrove island and Low Island, a sandy coral cay typical of the Great Barrier Reef. Low Isles is located 15 km (8 nautical miles) off the coast of Port Douglas and is an ideal spot for an inner reef adventure and island experiences. Low Isles is a protected coral cay and with strict visitor restrictions, you will enjoy your island paradise with only a small number of other guests. Here you will find an abundance of sea life and coral and is the home of a large population of turtles.
Things to do at Low Isles
A lighthouse was built on the coral cay in 1878. There was a continuous presence of lighthouse keepers on Low isles up until 1993, when the lighthouse became automated.
Between 1926 – 1929 Low Isles was the site of the first detailed scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world. The expedition, led by Dr C.M. Yonge aimed to study the life processes of coral and of the formation and maintenance of the reef. More than 20 renowned natural scientists spent up to 13 months at Low Isles. Results from the expedition were published by the British Natural History Museum in six large volumes. The expedition created a set of base line data, which is invaluable today for comparison with modern research, in order to study change on the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information and history on Low Isles, we recommend visiting the Low Isles Preservation Society website.