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Hinchinbrook Island National Park - Cities, Towns and Localities
Australia’s largest Island national park, Hinchinbrook is rugged and densely vegetated with mountain peaks soaring over 1,000 metres high. Located only 4 km off the mainland from Cardwell it is easy to get to and has a myriad of activities for the adventurous.

The Island is home to many different plant and marine habitats mangroves, huge seagrass beds, and fringing coral reefs. On the island itself you will find Mount Bowen rising 1,142 m high covered in fragile heath plants, gorgeous sandy beaches, luxuriant rainforests, and tall eucalypt bushland interspersed by rocky granite headlands.

A single resort is located on the island at Cape Richards there are also camping grounds, picnic areas, toilets, gas barbecues scattered at different locations around the island. All access to the island is by private charter boat only.
 

There are many short walking tracks on the island and for the fitter and more experienced bushwalker there is the Thorsborne Trail a 32 km hike traversing some of the most scenic island country you will ever see. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Many species of birds and native animals abound on the island as do marine species such as dugong, turtle, dolphins and crocodile. Marine stingers are also present during the warmer months. Mosquitoes and other stinging insects are common in this area.

The island was called home for thousands of years by the Bandyin Aboriginal group. Rock fish traps are all that is left of their habitation in the area. Unfortunately almost the entire population of Aboriginals were destroyed by conflict with early settlers and disease brought in by these settlers.

The entire area is now part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. All camping is by permit only, educational groups must also book in advance.

Open fires on island national parks or beaches are not permitted.

Check out our listing of Hinchinbrook Island accommodation. Contact the local Parks and Wildlife Service or visit the QLD National parks, marine parks and forests website. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service - Cardwell

Web: www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/hinchinbrook/index.html

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Hinchinbrook Island National Park Attractions

Hinchinbrook Island Resort
• Freecall: 1800 777 021 (within Australia) • Web: www.hinchinbrooklodge.com.au
Thorsborne Trail
• this famous 32 km trail meanders through the natural environment providing a walk that is truly through the wilderness and traverses some of the island most scenic views.
Waterfalls: Mulligan Falls and Zoe Falls
• great scenic falls where the run-off from the surrounding peaks tumble down smooth rocks into deep, cool pools.
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