Welcome to North West Island
North West is a spectacular 106-hectare coral cay, the second-biggest on the reef. Like much of the Capricornia Cays National Park, it's a remote tropical haven, growing steadily more popular as a walking and camping destination. It is also an important site for nesting green turtles and birds; every October, hundreds of thousands of wedge-tailed shearwaters (70% of the east-coast Australian breeding population) descend on the island to nest, squabble and scare the wits out of campers with their creepy night-time howls. It's hard to imagine that North West was once a guano mine and home to a turtle-soup cannery – it really is paradise rediscovered.