Do I need a passport to go to Willis Island?

As long as you’re not going anywhere else ‘outside’ Australia other than Willis Island, you won’t need your passports, or go through immigration. Duty free concessions are only available if the cruise is calling at a port outside Australian waters.

Does anyone live on Willis Island?

Out beyond the Great Barrier Reef, about 280 miles east of Cairns, Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in Coral Sea Islands Territory. The weather station there has been continuously inhabited since 1921, except for about 10 months in 2011-12 when Cyclone Yasi chased meteorologists away.

What is the capital of Coral Sea Island?


Capital administered from Canberra by the Department of the Environment, Sport, and Territories
Government territory of Australia
Area less than 3 sq km of land, scattered over a sea area of about 780,000 sq km
Population a staff of three to four at the meteorological station on Willis Island

Where is a Coral Sea?

The Coral Sea is the body of water east of the Great Barrier Reef, bounded by Papua New Guinea to the north, the Tasman Front to the south, and the west Pacific island chains of the Solomons, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the east.

Where is Willis Island Queensland?

the Coral Sea Islands Territory
Willis Island is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory, an external territory of Australia, located beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea. The island is located some 450 kilometres (280 mi) east of Cairns, Queensland.

Do you need a passport to cruise from Australia to New Zealand?

For international cruises that visit at least one foreign port, each guest is required to have a passport valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the date of the cruise return. In addition, travel on our cruises will not re-validate an Australian or New Zealand re-entry visa.

Who owns Coral Sea?

Paul Darrouzet
Paul Darrouzet is an Australian entrepreneur and the owner of Coral Sea Marina Resort based in the heart of the Whitsundays. Paul purchased Coral Sea Marina Resort in 2013 and set about implementing his vision of a world-class destination marina at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday islands.

How many people live in the Coral Sea islands?

Coral Sea Islands

Commonwealth of Australia
Population 4 (2018)

What makes the Coral Sea so special?

Spectacular Marine Life The Coral Sea is a global ‘biodiversity hot spot’ because of the number and diversity of large ocean predators—sharks, tunas, marlin, swordfish and sailfish—found in its waters.

What is the Coral Sea known for?

The Coral Sea extends 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) down the Australian northeast coast. The sea was the location for the Battle of the Coral Sea, a major confrontation during World War II between the navies of the Empire of Japan, and the United States and Australia.

Who named Willis Island?

They are 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Bird Island, separated by the Stewart Strait. They were discovered on 14 January 1775 by Captain James Cook and named for Cook’s midshipman Thomas Willis, the crew member who first sighted them.

What is the best time of year to cruise to New Zealand?

Best Time For New Zealand Cruises New Zealand is best enjoyed during the peak summer months of December, January and February, although the cruise season officially kicks off in early October, with most of the major activity winding down toward the end of April.

Where is Willis Island?

Willis Island is part of the Coral Sea Island Territories, a mostly uninhabited chain of islands east of Cairns. Located on the outskirts of the Great Barrier Reef, Willis Island is also a destination for wildlife sightings and coral reef diving. The Meteorological Bureau weather monitoring station on the island has existed since 1921.

Is Willis Island a good place for a family holiday?

It’s an excellent family holiday location with fun activities in abundance. There’s a great bistro on Willis Island’s main street, a real great place for a night out with the kids and child friendly guides of Willis Island’s cultural sites for hire at the tourism info centre.

What makes Willis Island so special?

Being next door to the Great Barrier Reef means the area surrounding Willis Island is filled with magnificent coral and marine life. Green sea turtles call the reef and the island home.

Why don’t cruise ships dock on Willis Island?

Our cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, listed Willis Island as a port, but we didn’t actually dock there, in part because we would have swollen the 19-acre island’s population from four to more than 4,000!