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Separated from the mainland by the narrow Hinchinbrook Channel, the entire island is zoned as a National Park. Access to the park is strictly limited and, when much of Queensland teems with tourists, here you can truly experience untouched nature.
The high season of the island is during the Australian winter (May-October), when the weather is cool and pleasant. Services in the low season are limited and both ferries and the island's sole resort stop operating in the February-March cyclone season.
The only regular means of access to the island is Hinchinbrook Island Ferries 1 (http://www.hinchinbrookferries.com.au/) from Cardwell on mainland, 2 hours south of Cairns. Boats leave at 9 AM and return at 5 PM, daily in the high season (May-Oct), three times weekly in the low season (Nov-Apr). A day cruise or overnight return is $85, one-way transfers to the northern start of the Thorsborne Trail are $59. Pickups from the southern endpoint can also be arranged, call 07 4777 8307 for details.
The only means of transport on the island are the ferry and on foot.
The beaches of Hinchinbrook Island are, in a word, spectacular. All located on the eastern side, starting from north the most commonly visited are:
Missionary Bay, on the northwestern side of the island, contains a large mangrove swamp famous for its dugongs (sea cows) and infamous for its crocodiles, although you'll have to be quite lucky to spot either one.
The Thorsborne Trail is a 32-kilometer trail that winds the length of Hinchinbrook Island from Ramsay Bay in the north to George Point in the south. Most hikers complete the course in 4 days (3 nights), although this depends on experience and weather conditions. There are no facilities on route (although drinking water can usually be taken from mountain streams) and hikers must be completely self-contained, including food, fuel stoves (open fire not allowed) and camping equipment.
A permit is required and must be reserved well in advance in high season, as a maximum of 40 people are allowed on the trail simultaneously. Contact the Queensland Department of Environment Rainforest and Reef Centre in Cardwell, tel. 07 4066 8601 or online (https://www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks/iaparks/gds/IAGDS020.do?parkId=211). You must also arrange to be picked up from George Point in advance, as there is no scheduled service.
Note that the permit covers only the Thorsborne Trail. Special permits are required for other destinations, particularly Mt. Bowen (1142m).
In addition to trekking, fishing is popular at a number of sites in and around the park. Snorkelling and even scuba diving are also possible, but visibility tends to be comparatively poor.
There are no shops in the island. Some basic necessities are available for sale at the PI Resort.
Eat & Drink
Most visitors' means of accommodation is camping. In addition to the basic campsites along the Thorsborne Trail, there are three popular campsites outside the trail:
Note that both Macushla and Goold Island require permits, obtainable in Cardwell or online (https://www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks/iaparks/gds/IAGDS020.do?parkId=82).