Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006
About the Reserve
The Coringa-Herald and Lihou Reef National Nature Reserves lie directly east of Cairns, far north Queensland. Coringa-Herald is about 400 kilometres from Cairns and the Lihou Reef about 700 kilometres. Together, the reserves cover 17,290 square kilometres of islets, cays and seabed.
Both reserves come under IUCN (World Conservation Union) category Ia – strict nature reserve. They are managed to maintain ecological processes and systems and to protect the habitats and biodiversity of the reserves from the pressures associated with human use.