sea eagle
pied oystercatcher
gannet in flight
colourful nudibranch
school of fish
hard coral
hard coral
coral bommie
giant clam
giant clam


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Wildlife in the Keppel Bay Islands

Coming ashore you will encounter vegetation typical of much of the Queensland coast - dune grasses such as beach spinifex with casuarina trees growing above. But as you move inland the vegetation may be a low, stunted heath with grevilleas and grass trees in expsed areas, or behind the dunes it may be livistona palm forest with beach hibiscus, or in wetlands you will find melaleucas, or on the gentle slopes of the larger islands you may walk through eucalypt woodland.

The birdlife around the islands is vibrant. The species you may see include: sea eagles, ospreys, brahminy kites, pied and sooty oystercatchers, terns, cormorants, egrets and gannets. At night you're likely to be visited by curlews and in the morning kookaburras will wake you up.

It's a good idea to take snorking gear so you can have a closer look at the reef. Best times to do so are close to low tide, especially when the sun is high and the colours are most vibrant. Many species of hard and soft coral can be seen in addition to a variety of fish species, giant clams, sea snakes, nudibranchs and other invertebrates. Be aware that tidal currents can be quite strong, especially in the channels between islands such as that between Conical and Corroboree.