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Hinchinbrook Island is Australia’s biggest national park - so it’s no surprise that it’s a paradise for bushwalkers. Dominated by the rugged 1,121m-high Mt. Bowen, it offers no shortage of delights for those who come to wander, including tropical rainforest, uncrowded beaches and freshwater rock pools, not to mention the exceptional Thorsborne Trail. On the mainland, Port Hinchinbrook in Cardwell is the gateway to the island and has an awesome marina to depart from, while Cardwell itself has cafes, shops and other handy places to go. Want to feel like an intrepid explorer? Then book your Port Hinchinbrook hotel with us!
Port Hinchinbrook is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which is famous for being home to a diverse range of species. Hinchinbrook Island is filled with different animals such as dugongs, turtles, scrub fowls and goannas. It was once the home of the Bandjin people, who had a diet high in fish (makes sense, considering where they lived), and to this day, you’ll find rocks arranged into fish traps there. If you’ve seen the movie Nim’s Island, now’s your chance to go location-spotting, as some of the scenes were filmed on Hinchinbrook.
Thorsborne Trail is the most exciting adventure on Hinchinbrook Island, a 32km track that usually takes about four days to complete. It winds along the coast of the island from Ramsay Bay, a beautiful, quiet beach with dramatic green peaks rising in the background to George Point. Along the way you’ll pass amazing sights like Zoe Bay, where a waterfall flows into a large swimming hole. Feel like cooling off? You will. Spot the brightly coloured butterflies flying around the greenery as you wind your way through cloudy mountains, beaches, swamp and jungle. Only 40 hikers are allowed on the trail at any one time, so you may have to book a while in advance, but at least it will never become unbearably crowded. If you don’t feel like a camping adventure, try a shorter – but still challenging - walk like the 10km mission from Little Ramsay Bay to Zoe Bay.
Need to refuel after all that exercise? Dine on seafood at a restaurant in Cardwell or have a beer in a local pub. If you’re into sightseeing, head to the nearby town of Lucinda to see the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere. That is, if you ever want to leave the island. Book your Port Hinchinbrook accommodation with us and enjoy a real escape on Hinchinbrook Island.
Hotels in Hinchinbrook Island start at AU$84 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.