Coral Sea > Coral Sea

The Coral Sea Marine Park is one of the world’s largest marine parks, and lies off the coast of Queensland. The marine park has a diverse array of habitats, such as coral reefs, sandy cays, deep sea plains and canyons, as well over 15,000 square kilometres of reef which supports distinct communities of marine flora […]

Indian Ocean Territories > Christmas Island

Christmas Island Marine Park extends from the island’s shoreline to the limit of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (AEEZ), approximately 200 nautical miles from shore. The marine park adjoins the marine boundary of Christmas Island National Park. The tropical waters and fringing coral reefs that surround Christmas Island contain a mix of coral reef species from […]

Indian Ocean Territories > Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Marine Park extends from most of the islands’ shoreline to the limit of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (AEEZ), approximately 200 nautical miles from shore. The tropical waters that surround the Cocos (Keeling) Islands contain a mix of coral reef species from both the Indian and Pacific Oceans and over 600 species of […]

North > Arafura

Arafura Marine Park is Australia’s most northerly marine park. Within its boundaries lie multiple tributary canyons of the Arafura Depression – remnants of an ancient drowned river system. These steep-walled canyons create a diversity of substrate types, and funnel nutrient-rich waters upward from the deep ocean which enhance productivity and support complex ecosystems, including populations […]

North > Arnhem

The Arnhem Marine Park park lies off the coast of west Arnhem Land, and is a dynamic region with with localised upwellings. The gently sloping shelf within Arnhem Marine Park is topped with a number of pinnacles, and the dynamic habitats this geomorphology creates are of high commercial and conservation value. In addition to providing […]

North > Gulf of Carpentaria

The Gulf of Carpentaria Marine Park, adjacent to the Wellesley Islands, is culturally important for the Lardil, Yangkaal, Kaiadlit and Gangalidda people who have responsibilities for sea country here. The park overlaps the Wellesley Island Sea Claim and Thuwatha/Bujimulla Indigenous Protected Areas. Gulf of Carpentaria Marine Park protects submerged coral reefs, soft sandy seafloors, undersea […]

North > Joseph Bonaparte Gulf

Joseph Bonaparte Gulf Marine Park is shaped by huge tides (up to seven metres), ebbing and flooding across the shallow muddy seafloor. The tidal waves are compounded by monsoonal winds and cyclones, creating a physically dynamic environment with very turbid waters. It is among the shallowest of the Australian Marine Parks, consisting of broad shelf […]

North > Limmen

Limmen Marine Park is thriving with live, with some of the highest diversity and abundance of species all the northern Network. A key ecological feature in the marine park is the Gulf of Carpentaria coastal zone, where nutrients from rivers flowing into the coastal zone support high productivity and abundant biota. Also within Limmen Marine […]

North > Oceanic Shoals

Oceanic Shoals Marine Park is the largest of the marine parks in the North Network. It represents an important habitat for threatened marine turtles such as the flatback, olive ridley, and loggerhead turtles, and contains four Key Ecological Features that contribute to the enhanced productivity and high biodiversity observed in this area. This includes the […]

North > Wessel

Wessel Marine Park, in the Gulf of Carpentaria, lies offshore from the tip of the Wessel Islands to Cape Arnhem. The marine park is valued for its biodiversity and aggregations of protected species of marine turtles and seabirds. It protects the Arafura Sill, a seafloor barrier restricting movement of water into the Gulf of Carpentaria. […]