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Population 4 (2018)
Time zone UTC+10:00, no value

The Coral Sea Islands is a federal territory off the northeast coast of Australia, just east of the Great Barrier Reef. They were separated from Queensland in 1969.



Scattered over some 1 million square kilometers of ocean, the Coral Sea Islands were declared a territory of Australia in 1969. They are uninhabited except for a small meteorological staff on Willis Island. Automated weather stations, beacons, and a lighthouse occupy many other islands and reefs. These tropical sand and coral reefs and islands are an important nesting area for birds and turtles.

The Coral Sea was the location of the Battle of the Coral Sea in the Second World War.

Get in


By plane


There are no airports in the Coral Sea Islands.

By boat


There are no harbours in the Coral Sea Islands however you may be able to dock somewhere.

Get around


Your only way to get around is by walking or by your own private boat.

See and do

  • Coral Sea Marine Park. There are coral reefs to explore, much of them are in better shape than the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Sea Marine Park (Q55639476) on Wikidata Coral Sea Marine Park on Wikipedia



Exchange rates for Australian dollars

As of May 2024:

  • US$1 ≈ $1.5
  • €1 ≈ $1.6
  • UK£1 ≈ $1.9
  • CA$1 ≈ $1.1
  • NZ$1 ≈ $0.9
  • Japanese ¥100 ≈ $0.9

Exchange rates fluctuate. Current rates for these and other currencies are available from

As the Coral Sea Islands is an Australian external territory, the Australian dollar is the official currency, but there is no economic activity in the Coral Sea Islands.



There are no public accommodations in the Coral Sea Islands you will have to either leave or set up a tent.

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This park travel guide to Coral Sea Islands is a usable article. It has information about the park, for getting in, about a few attractions, and about accommodations in the park. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.