Coasts & Marine


Island Rescue Australia

Reef Catchments is part of the Island Rescue Alliance, a growing collation of government and non-government organisations, investors, and individuals who aim to conserve and restore biological diversity on Australia’s islands.

The mission of Island Rescue Australia is to work together to conserve the unique biodiversity supported by Australia’s islands, and in doing so, to enhance and sustain the social and economic prosperity of island communities.

Regional Islands

The islands of the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac region are home to some of the worlds most beautiful and critically endangered habitats in Australia including beach scrub and littoral rainforest. The islands also provide habitat or nesting ground for vulnerable animals including the Proserpine wallaby and the  green and flatback turtles  and the beach stone-curlew .

Islands provide unique opportunities in conservation due to the ability for feral animals and pests to be eradicated completely. Islands have successfully had threatened animals reintroduced and are now seen as safe harbours for conservation into the future.

Our Islands however are under threat from development, climate change, invasive weeds and marine debris, all of which threaten to disrupt the delicate ecosystem balance.

Island Expeditions

Wildmob and Reef Catchments work in partnership with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate and conserve the islands of the Mackay, Whitsunday, Isaac regions. With a focus on education, Wildmob run Island Conservation Expeditions which provide volunteers the opportunity to contribute to a hands on program focused on island rehabilitation and conservation.

To date, island works have focused on weed treatment and marine debris removal. Read more about the program and get involved here at Wildmob.

Island Conservation

Ecobarge and Reef Catchments work together to target marine debris through reducing land-based litter and physical litter removal on islands of the Whitsundays. To date, Ecobarge has removed an incredible 124,090 kg of marine debris from the Whitsunday Islands since 2009! This program undoubtedly saves countless numbers of marine life each year from cruel injuries and even deaths caused by litter.

The program is run by volunteers- you can become involved at Ecobarge.

Cape Hillsborough near MackayCape Hillsborough

This photogenic national park includes rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches, rocky headlands (covered in hoop pines), and volcanic rock formations. Visitors can camp and enjoy a variety of bush walks, one of which leads to a lookout on top of a steep hill. A marine park adjoins this site.

Visitor guide Mackay coast and island national parks

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Key Contacts

Olivia Brodhurst, project officer with Reef Catchments at Proserpine

Olivia Brodhurst, Isaac

P (07) 4945 2321
M 0429 033 541
E Olivia Brodhurst

Cass Hayward

P (07) 4968 4206
M 0429 155 841
E Cass Hayward