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Willis Island
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Willis Island

Willis Island is a small, uninhabited coral cay located in the Coral Sea, off the eastern coast of Australia. The island is part of the Coral Sea Islands Territory, an external Australian territory, and is situated approximately 320 km northeast of Cairns, Queensland. It is the only permanently inhabited island in the territory, with a weather station and a lighthouse operated by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The island is a flat, low-lying coral cay, just over 1 km in length and 0.4 km wide. It is surrounded by a reef and has a lagoon in the centre. The island is covered in vegetation, including pandanus trees and low shrubs.

Willis Island has a long history of maritime exploration and settlement. The first recorded sighting was by Captain James Cook in 1770. The island was later named after Captain Henry Willis, who was the commander of the HMS Fly, which surveyed the area in 1843.

In the late 19th century, the island was briefly inhabited by a small group of guano miners, who harvested seabird droppings for use as a fertiliser. The island was also used as a base for whaling ships.

The island has been used as a weather station since 1941, and is the only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory. It is also home to a lighthouse, which was built in 1892.

Willis Island is an important breeding site for seabirds, including several species of tern, noddies and boobies. It is also home to a variety of other wildlife, including sea turtles, sharks, and various species of coral.

The island is an important part of Australia's maritime history and is a popular tourist destination for those wishing to explore its unique wildlife and remote location.

Excursion tips for a day in Willis Island

As a tourist visiting Willis Island in Australia, there are a variety of activities you can take part in on a single day. These activities include:

1. Bird watching: Willis Island is home to a variety of seabirds, such as terns, noddies, and frigatebirds, making it a great spot for bird watching.

2. Exploring the island: Take a guided tour of the island and learn about its history and the unique wildlife that call it home.

3. Snorkeling: Take a snorkeling tour and explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life that surround the island.

4. Fishing: Go fishing in the waters surrounding the island and catch a variety of fish, such as tuna, mahi-mahi, and wahoo.

5. Boating: Rent a boat and explore the nearby islands, or take a scenic boat tour around the island.

6. Kayaking: Take a kayaking tour and explore the mangroves and bays around the island.

7. Swimming: Take a dip in the crystal-clear waters and cool off from the hot Australian sun.

8. Relaxing: Relax on the beach and soak up the sun or take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline.

9. Dining: Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the island's restaurants or cafes.

Experience Willis Island with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Willis Island. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Willis Island

Willis Island in Australia experiences a tropical climate throughout the year, with hot and humid summers, warm and wet winters, and two distinct monsoon seasons. During the summer months (December to February), temperatures can reach up to 30°C and humidity levels can be as high as 90%, with occasional storms. In the winter months (June to August), temperatures are more moderate and the humidity is lower, with the occasional shower. The two monsoon seasons (March to May and September to November) bring heavy rains, high winds and large waves. Overall, the climate in Willis Island is tropical and humid, with plenty of rain throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Willis Island

Our weather forecast for Willis Island helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 21.7 °C
33.8 m/s
33.5 m/s
95.1 %
16.2 m
80.9 %
1,014 hPa
06:28:38
17:44:15
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 22.4 °C
min: 20.7 °C
34.6 m/s
34.6 m/s
47.1 %
24.1 m
62.3 %
1,017 hPa
06:28:29
17:44:34
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 22.2 °C
min: 20.3 °C
38.2 m/s
40.0 m/s
93.5 %
24.1 m
59.9 %
1,018 hPa
06:28:19
17:44:52
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 22.2 °C
32.0 m/s
32.0 m/s
68.8 %
24.1 m
61.7 %
1,017 hPa
06:28:08
17:45:11
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 22.8 °C
33.8 m/s
33.8 m/s
76.2 %
24.1 m
61.8 %
1,017 hPa
06:27:56
17:45:29
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 23.7 °C
min: 22.8 °C
37.4 m/s
37.8 m/s
67.3 %
24.0 m
63.3 %
1,017 hPa
06:27:43
17:45:47
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 23.6 °C
min: 22.4 °C
40.7 m/s
40.7 m/s
93.4 %
23.1 m
71.4 %
1,016 hPa
06:27:29
17:46:05
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 24.1 °C
min: 23.5 °C
37.1 m/s
37.1 m/s
88.2 %
24.1 m
71.6 %
1,015 hPa
06:27:14
17:46:23
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 23.9 °C
30.6 m/s
29.9 m/s
100.0 %
24.1 m
76.4 %
1,013 hPa
06:26:58
17:46:40
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.9 °C
min: 24.6 °C
28.8 m/s
29.2 m/s
62.3 %
24.1 m
85.0 %
1,012 hPa
06:26:41
17:46:58
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 25.0 °C
min: 24.6 °C
21.6 m/s
23.5 m/s
67.3 %
24.1 m
87.7 %
1,011 hPa
06:26:23
17:47:15
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.4 °C
min: 24.6 °C
13.4 m/s
14.3 m/s
82.3 %
24.1 m
85.2 %
1,009 hPa
06:26:04
17:47:31
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 24.7 °C
min: 23.2 °C
28.1 m/s
30.6 m/s
40.8 %
24.1 m
71.6 %
1,009 hPa
06:25:44
17:47:48

Cruises to Willis Island

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Scheduled ship calls in Willis Island, Australia
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Aug. 23rd 2024 Friday, 23rd of Aug. 2024 Coral Princess 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
Sep. 15th 2024 Sunday, 15th of Sep. 2024 Carnival Splendor 10:30 am 11:30 am
Sep. 29th 2024 Sunday, 29th of Sep. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 2nd 2024 Wednesday, 2nd of Oct. 2024 Carnival Splendor 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Oct. 30th 2024 Wednesday, 30th of Oct. 2024 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Nov. 15th 2024 Friday, 15th of Nov. 2024 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Nov. 18th 2024 Monday, 18th of Nov. 2024 Ovation of the Seas 09:30 am 10:30 am
Nov. 19th 2024 Tuesday, 19th of Nov. 2024 Crown Princess 12:00 pm 01:00 pm
Nov. 22nd 2024 Friday, 22nd of Nov. 2024 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Nov. 24th 2024 Sunday, 24th of Nov. 2024 Queen Elizabeth 10:00 am 10:30 am
Nov. 30th 2024 Saturday, 30th of Nov. 2024 Crown Princess 08:00 am 09:00 am
Dec. 13th 2024 Friday, 13th of Dec. 2024 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Dec. 17th 2024 Tuesday, 17th of Dec. 2024 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Jan. 8th 2025 Wednesday, 8th of Jan. 2025 Quantum of the Seas 09:00 am 10:00 am
Jan. 18th 2025 Saturday, 18th of Jan. 2025 Queen Elizabeth 10:00 am 10:30 am
Jan. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Jan. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Jan. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Jan. 2025 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Feb. 4th 2025 Tuesday, 4th of Feb. 2025 Crown Princess 08:00 am 09:00 am
Feb. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Feb. 2025 Diamond Princess 09:00 am 10:00 am
Feb. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Feb. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Feb. 23rd 2025 Sunday, 23rd of Feb. 2025 Carnival Splendor 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
Mar. 15th 2025 Saturday, 15th of Mar. 2025 Crown Princess 09:00 am 10:00 am
Mar. 19th 2025 Wednesday, 19th of Mar. 2025 Carnival Splendor 11:30 am 12:30 pm
Mar. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Mar. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Apr. 2nd 2025 Wednesday, 2nd of Apr. 2025 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Apr. 7th 2025 Monday, 7th of Apr. 2025 Royal Princess 09:00 am 10:00 am
Apr. 12th 2025 Saturday, 12th of Apr. 2025 Crown Princess 12:00 pm 01:00 pm
Apr. 20th 2025 Sunday, 20th of Apr. 2025 Crown Princess 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
May 12th 2025 Monday, 12th of May 2025 Carnival Splendor 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
May 16th 2025 Friday, 16th of May 2025 Crown Princess 12:00 pm 01:00 pm
Jun. 2nd 2025 Monday, 2nd of Jun. 2025 Carnival Splendor 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
Jun. 30th 2025 Monday, 30th of Jun. 2025 Carnival Splendor 09:30 am 10:30 am
Aug. 10th 2025 Sunday, 10th of Aug. 2025 Carnival Splendor 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
Sep. 13th 2025 Saturday, 13th of Sep. 2025 Carnival Splendor 12:00 pm 01:00 pm
Sep. 23rd 2025 Tuesday, 23rd of Sep. 2025 Carnival Splendor 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
Oct. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Oct. 2025 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Oct. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Oct. 2025 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 13th 2025 Thursday, 13th of Nov. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 10:00 am 11:00 am
Nov. 29th 2025 Saturday, 29th of Nov. 2025 Crown Princess 02:00 pm 03:00 pm
Dec. 6th 2025 Saturday, 6th of Dec. 2025 Grand Princess 09:00 am 10:00 am
Dec. 12th 2025 Friday, 12th of Dec. 2025 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Dec. 20th 2025 Saturday, 20th of Dec. 2025 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Jan. 17th 2026 Saturday, 17th of Jan. 2026 Voyager of the Seas 09:00 am 10:00 am
Jan. 22nd 2026 Thursday, 22nd of Jan. 2026 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Jan. 23rd 2026 Friday, 23rd of Jan. 2026 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am
Feb. 10th 2026 Tuesday, 10th of Feb. 2026 Voyager of the Seas 09:00 am 10:00 am
Feb. 12th 2026 Thursday, 12th of Feb. 2026 Carnival Luminosa 10:00 am 11:00 am
Feb. 19th 2026 Thursday, 19th of Feb. 2026 Celebrity Edge 11:00 am 11:59 am
Mar. 8th 2026 Sunday, 8th of Mar. 2026 Grand Princess 09:00 am 10:00 am
Mar. 13th 2026 Friday, 13th of Mar. 2026 Carnival Luminosa 09:30 am 10:30 am

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