Coronation Island (Western Australia)

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Coronation Island, also known as Garlinju, is located off the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. It encompasses an area of 3,817 hectares (9,432 acres).[1] It is located off Port Nelson in the Bonaparte Archipelago, as a part of the group of islands known as the Coronation Islands, which were named by Philip Parker King, the first European the visit the islands in 1820, after the anniversary of the late King's coronation.[1]

Coronation Island is located in Western Australia
Coronation Island
Coronation Island
Location of Coronation Island

The traditional owners of the area are the Wunambal peoples, in whose language group of Wunambal the name for the island is Garlinju.[2]

Careening Bay (Wunbung-gu[3]) is a bay on the island, where King careened his cutter, HMS Mermaid, to make repairs. While on the island, the ship's carpenter engraved the name of the ship on a Boab tree (known as the Bodgurri by the Wunambal[3]) that is still visible today.[4][5] Parker did not observe any of the local people, but made observations in his journal on the other signs of life that they observed. He described not only bark shelters on the beach, but more larger and more substantial buildings on top of the hill. He also observed the remnants of sago palm nuts, which were commonly eaten along the coast.[6]

There is a Makassan Islamic mihrab (prayer alcove) behind the boab.[3]

Careening Bay is within the Prince Regent National Park and a permit is required to visit the site.[3]

Priority flora found on the island include solanum cataphractum.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Status Performance Assessment: Biodiversity conservation of Western Australian Islands" (PDF). Government of Western Australia. 1 April 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  2. ^ T. Vigilante; et al. (2013). "Biodiversity values on selected Kimberley Islands, Australia" (PDF). Western Australian Museum. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "Wunbung-gu (Careening Bay)". Wunambal Gaambera Country. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  4. ^ "R&R Kimberley Adventure 2014 Week 23" (PDF). 31 July 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  5. ^ Collins, Ben (7 October 2020). "Boab tree bears markings of Phillip Parker King, an Australian explorer you may not have heard of". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Careening Bay". Parks and Wildlife Service (Western Australia). Retrieved 10 November 2020.

Coordinates: 14°59′34″S 124°55′20″E / 14.9927°S 124.9221°E / -14.9927; 124.9221