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Hinchinbrook Island. Photo: © Steven Nowakowski

Hinchinbrook Island National Park

Tropical Island wilderness walk

Separated from the mainland only by the narrow Hinchinbrook Channel, the rugged peaks of Hinchinbrook Island National Park rise abruptly from the sea, signalling the island’s wild nature. Hinchinbrook is home to the world-renowned wilderness walk, the Thorsborne Trail. This trek is not for the novice or faint-hearted, but if you are an experienced hiker up for a challenge, you will be smiling with an incredible sense of achievement as you conquer 32km of some of Australia’s most scenic island coastline. Discover sweeping bays, sandy beaches, extensive mangroves, fragile heaths, dense forests and lofty summits. Restore body, mind and soul on the journey, on which only a limited number of hikers are allowed at each time. The three to five day trek will challenge and delight you.

Location and getting there

8km E of Cardwell. Access is by private boat or water taxi from Cardwell or Lucinda.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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