Hinchinbrook encompasses an area just north of Ingham at the entrance to the Hinchinbrook Channel. It contains a diverse range of National Parks, coastal wetlands and tropical rainforests—making it a must see destination for nature lovers. Wallaman Falls in the Girringun National Park is Australia’s highest, permanent single drop waterfall at almost 300m.
This National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and contains some of the Earth’s oldest rainforests. If you plan to camp in the park ensure you arrange your camping permit before you arrive at the camping area. Hinchinbrook Island is a bushwalker’s paradise and Australia’s largest National Park island.
It is located only 8km off the coast of Cardwell and can be accessed by ferry from the Port Hinchinbrook Marina. Home of the Thornsborne Trail, numbers to the island are limited and camping grounds are provided in designated areas. If you plan to hike the Thorsborne trail, full details and maps are available on the National Parks website.
The estuarine waterways around Hinchinbrook are a haven for those who like fishing as they provide the perfect breeding ground for many species, including barramundi. The area is also close enough to the reef for a spot of game fishing, with many charter companies offering day trips.