Transport & Travel
Airports: Townsville is the closest domestic airport to Hinchinbrook, while Cairns is the closest International airport.
Heli-transfers: Hinchinbrook Adventures offers 20 minute helicopter transfers from Townsville Airport to the Hinchinbrook Region. Select our Townsville Heli-Transfers booking.
Driver: we are also offer personal driver transfers or Hinchinbrook Coaches run daily coach transfers from both airports and booking can be made 24 hours in advance. Select our Townsville Private Transfers booking.
Hire cars: are another option available from both airports.
Train: if you’d like to arrive by train, both the Sunlander and Tilt Train travel through Cardwell from Brisbane and pick-ups can be arranged. Cardwell Private Transfers booking.
Visitors to the Hinchinbrook region don’t lack for choice when it comes to accommodation. Options range from family-friendly motels and comfortable caravan parks right through to charming B&Bs and 4-star suites.
Choose a beach front holiday park close to boat ramp access for Hinchinbrook fishing, or for something different, opt for a farm stay in the sugar cane fields. Pub accommodation can be a cost-effective and convenient choice for larger groups. For a more upmarket experience, enjoy a boutique bed and breakfast in a gorgeous tropical setting. For adventurous spirits, there are countless camping spots in stunning locations and Hinchinbrook houseboats and yachts are available for hire.
Hinchinbrook Island and Channel
Hinchinbrook Island is located off the northern coast of Queensland and it is separated from the mainland by the Hinchinbrook channel. Located east of the town of Cardwell and north of Lucinda, it is the largest island on the Great Barrier Reef and it is protected as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
The island is largely untouched and the sheltered Hinchinbrook Channel to the west of the island is lined with mangrove estuaries which provide excellent conditions for Hinchinbrook fishing. At the northern end of the island, Missionary Bay has 50 square kilometres of mangroves along its foreshore, and botanists have identified over 30 unique mangrove species here.
On its eastern coastline, Hinchinbrook Island is characterised by its pristine forests and secluded white beaches. It’s soaring mountain ranges peak at 1121 metres with Mount Bowen. The island is teeming with diverse plant and animal life, including several endangered species. The islands tropical climate is mild in the winter months and hot and humid in the summer season.
Girringun National Park
Girringun National Park is one of Australia’s most impressive natural wonders in the Hinchinbrook Island region. The park, which is located 110 kilometres north of Townsville, covers more than 1500 square kilometres. There are many amazing sights to be seen at Girringun National Park, including Wallaman Falls which towers 268 metres above the rainforest-clad peaks surrounding it.
Plunging off the Seaview Range, it is the highest single-drop waterfall in the country.
Most waterfalls can be accessed by foot or by air with Hinchinbrook Adventures helicopter and fixed wing scenic flights. Blencoe Falls is about 84km north-west of Cardwell; the Dalrymple Gap walking track is about 13km south of Cardwell; Mount Fox is about 75km south-west of Ingham; Princess Hills is about 124km south-east of Mount Garnet; Wallaman Falls is about 51km south-west of Ingham.
Wallaman Falls, located in the Girringun National Park, is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in the Hinchinbrook Island region. With a height of 268 metres it is the highest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Lookouts provide breathtaking views of Stony Creek and the Herbert River Valley below.
There is a diverse range of plant and animal life to be seen in the creeks and rivers surrounding the falls, including platypus, saw-shelled turtles and eastern water dragons. The park is also home to the southern cassowary and other endangered species. This place of natural, cultural and historical significance and is popular for Hinchinbrook camping, fishing and hiking due to its beauty and marine life.
Girringun National Park also lays claim to some of the most remote and pristine fresh water fishing spots in Australia. Fishing is permitted and species targeted in this area include Barramundi, Brim and Jungle Perch. North Queensland Hinchinbrook Adventures Heli-fishing tours are popular with locals and visitors. The park is also a favourite with bird watchers due to the abundant bird life it supports. It is included in the Wooroonooran Important Bird Area. Animal life in the area includes bandicoots, sugars gilders and red-legged pademelons.
Girringun National Park walks range from short treks for day-trippers to longer hikes of several days on the network of trails that make up the Wet Tropics Great Walk. Mount Fox can be traversed in a couple of hours by experienced bushwalkers and is well worth a look. This dormant crater still shows signs of its last volcanic eruption over 100,000 years ago in the massive rocks knowns as fusiform bombs, that are strewn around its rim. The mountain’s rainforest thicket provides an important habitat for the endangered Sharman’s rock-wallaby.
Herbert River Gorge
The Herbert River Gorge has some of the most diverse scenery in the Hinchinbrook region. The gorge crosses the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and connects it with and the drier upland areas.
Not only does the gorge have an abundance of peace and serenity, it also has some of the best freshwater fishing in the region, making it very popular with campers and fishermen. There are many great camping spots to be found along the waterways, and you can explore the gorge for days and never run out of new things to see.
Creeks and rivers offer great fishing spots, meaning you can catch your dinner and then cook it over the fire each night. Sooty Grunter, Jungle Perch, Brim and Barramundi. Are common in this area. North Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Adventures Heli-fishing tours operate May-November.
The gorge walk can be undertaken over several days or just one or two, depending on how far you want to go. You can follow the set path, or if you’re more adventurous go off-track and chart your course along the river. There is no shortage of beautiful places to set up camp for the night and Yamanie Creek has some lovely spots near the creek entrance.
Hikers are drawn to this area due to the variety of plant and animal life to be seen, and the pristine beauty of the landscape. The rivers in the gorge are lined with glue gums, melaleucas and she-oaks. Huge boulders that have been worn smooth over thousands of years are scattered along the waterways.
Careful observers in the dry season will note kangaroos resting in the shade of trees and hear the distant screeches of Sulphur-crested cockatoos. This is quickly reversed when the wet season arrives, and plants and trees bloom back into life.
Some of the bird species that inhabit the gorge include Sea-eagles, falcons, cockatoos and cormorants. Lucky visitors have been known to catch sight of a beautiful Ulysees butterfly in the woodlands of the gorge.