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Wilson Island intro.Wilson Island is located in Queensland's Capricornia Cays National Park, part of the famous Great Barrier Reef. The park consists of eight coral cays, located around 45 miles from Gladstone, in mainland Queensland. Travellers can get here by taking a boat from Gladstone via one of the other coral cays, Heron Island. Wilson Island hotels come in the form of a permanently-tented resort, which can only house up to 12 people at any one time. Tents overlook the ocean, offering easy access to the reef for snorkelling. Unfortunately, the island closes every February so that birds can nest, while children under the age of 13 are not allowed. Staying on the island will mainly appeal to wildlife fanatics. Guests staying here have the opportunity to see some unique birdlife, such as the Capricorn silvereye, while there is also a chance to see green turtles come ashore to lay eggs from November to March. From June to September, guests can see the winter migration of humpback whales.