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Palm Island is a locality consisting of an island group of 16 islands, split between the Shire of Hinchinbrook and the Aboriginal Shire of Palm Island, in Queensland, Australia. The locality consists of the Palm Island group, also known as the Greater Palm group, which was originally named the Palm Isles.

Great Palm Island is the largest island in the group, and is most often referred to as just "Palm Island". An Aboriginal community is located on this island, which is also called by the Aboriginal name "Bwgcolman". The term "Palm Island" is sometimes used to refer to the island group, sometimes the Aboriginal Shire, and sometimes Great Palm Island, but as most of the other islands are uninhabited, the majority of sources are actually referring to Great Palm only, sometimes along with governance issues relating to the Shire Council.

There are 16 islands in the group. Only Great Palm has a significant population of permanent residents; the rest, apart from Orpheus Island, which has a tourist resort and research facility, are uninhabited.
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