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Willis Island, Australia
Willis Island, Australia | © Warren Major

Willis Island: tourist information

The Coral Sea Islands Territory comprises the many small islands spread over a huge sea area of approximately 780,000 sq km, extending east and south from the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, and include Heralds Beacon Island, Osprey Reef, the Willis Group, and fifteen other reef/island groups. In 1969, the Coral Sea Islands became a territory of the Commonwealth under the Coral Sea Islands Act. In 1987, the boundaries of the Territory were extended around Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs.

Discovered in 1803, they were briefly exploited for guano in the 1870s and 1880s but were soon abandoned due to a lack of permanent water. During the 19th century many ships were wrecked in the area due to constantly shifting sand cays, and the reefs and islands have often been named after the ships which foundered there. They are still uninhabited today, apart from a large population of sea birds, and the occasional meteorologist on Willis Island. Unmanned weather stations, beacons, and a lighthouse are located on several other islands and reefs. Occasional tropical cyclones sweep over the islands from November to April, leaving the sand and coral based mass with little or no vegetation.

The coral and sand islands are quite small with some grass and low vegetation cover. There is no fresh water. Two species of sea turtle nest in the area, and at least twenty-four bird species have been recorded. A Migratory Birds Ordinance is in force, and gives effect to the Australia-Japan and Australia-China agreements on endangered and migratory birds. In 1982, the Lihou Reef and Coringa-Herald Nature Reserve were declared by the Commonwealth Government to protect the wildlife in this part of the Territory. In 1987, Elizabeth and Middleton reefs were declared a marine national nature reserve. All wildlife in the Territory is now legally protected under Part III of the National Parks and Wildlife Regulations.

Location

  • Country: Australia
  • Capital: Canberra
  • Government: Australia
  • State/Region: Coral Sea Islands
  • Time Zone: +10 GMT
  • Language: English
  • Latitude: -16.2999995
  • Longitude: 149.9912452
  • Est. Population: 4
  • Currency: Australian Dollar
  • General: Emergency phone: 000
  • Willis Island, Australia
    Willis Island, Australia | © Cape Ships

    Willis Island Cruise Port Schedule

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    Willis Island, Australia
    Willis Island, Australia | © Cape Ships

    Willis Island in the News

    Port rating and occupancy

    Port of Willis Island ranks 247th in the world in terms of the number of tourists visiting it.

    Number of cruise ship calls in the coming year: 40.

    The total number of tourists (passengers) of cruise ships in the port of Willis Island in the next 12 months is 128286.

    According to the popularity rating among more than 1,000 cruise ports in the world, Willis Island ranks 212.

    Weather in Willis Island

    Oct 3
    Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 77°F (25°C)
    Clear (clear sky), small wind
    Oct 4
    Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 77°F (25°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Oct 5
    Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Oct 6
    Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Oct 7
    Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Oct 8
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Rain (light rain), small wind
    Oct 9
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), small wind
    Oct 10
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Rain (moderate rain), small wind

    Current water temperature in Willis Island now is 78°F (25.5°C)

    Water temperature data provided by seatemperature.net.

    Annual Weather

    Jan
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Feb
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
    Mar
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Apr
    Min/Max temp: 77°F (25°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    May
    Min/Max temp: 72°F (22°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Jun
    Min/Max temp: 70°F (21°C) / 77°F (25°C)
    Jul
    Min/Max temp: 68°F (20°C) / 77°F (25°C)
    Aug
    Min/Max temp: 70°F (21°C) / 79°F (26°C)
    Sep
    Min/Max temp: 73°F (23°C) / 81°F (27°C)
    Oct
    Min/Max temp: 75°F (24°C) / 82°F (28°C)
    Nov
    Min/Max temp: 79°F (26°C) / 84°F (29°C)
    Dec
    Min/Max temp: 81°F (27°C) / 86°F (30°C)
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