A bit about the Hinchinbrook Area....
Things to do
Let us organise your fishing adventure to the reef or local estuarys. We have 3 very knowledgable fishing guides and 3 different hire boats to choose from to suit your needs.
Have your own fishing boat? Our parking area is big enough to accommodate both your car and boat trailer at no extra cost.
Dont have sea legs? There is more than enough fishing activity in the channel.
Across the deep and narrow Hinchinbrook channel is Hinchinbrook Island - Australia's largest island National Park. Covered in extensive biodiverse mangroves to the west and beautiful beaches to the east, the island is home to some of the most spectacular and varied wildlife in Australia.
Activities on the Island include hiking through the stunning rainforest, bird spotting, relaxing on the many pristine beaches and visiting the Island's lookout to watch the sunset. Keep an eye out for the local dolphins and turtles that maybe swimming by.
Access to Hinchinbrook Island is by either private vessel, launched from Cardwell or Lucinda (Dungeness), or by the commercial ferries which transport people to both ends of the Thorsborne Trail (a 32 kilomtre picturesque hiking trail set in the backdrop of the rugged Mount Bowen offering views of untouched natural beauty with what some consider to be the best of what Australia has to offer). Services vary according to demand, tide levels and time of year.
Mount Bowen is at the centre of Hinchinbrook Island and rises 1,121 metres above sea level. This is the island's highest point and was once a volcano. It was here that hiker, Warren MacDonald, was trapped under a one-ton slab of stone for two days. He later went on to write a book - One Step Beyond - about his adventure.
Paluma Range National Park
Approximately 1 hour drive south is the Paluma Range National Park - home to Jourama Falls, Crystal Lake and Lake Paluma. Paluma Range National Park is the southern gateway for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Jourama Falls is a picturesque waterfall framed by rainforest. Mount Spec rises 1000 m above the Big Crystal Creek floodplain.
Heading an hour inland, takes you to Wallaman Falls - Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall. The falls are located with the Girringun National Park - one of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area series of national parks, and is a gazetted World Heritage site. Wallaman Falls is Australia’s highest single-drop waterfall
Lucinda is the closest town, just 1.5km away and situated near the southern end of World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island. A sugar-exporting town, Lucinda is noted for its 6 km-long sugar jetty, the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and the world's largest bulk sugar loading facility. At 5.76 kilometres in length and supported by more than 660 concrete and steel pylons, the jetty is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece with its length actually following the curved contour of the earth.
A 25 minute drive southwest takes you to the town of Ingham. With over half the towns population of Italian decent, it's no wonder it's annual Australian Italian Festival has become one of the most popular events in the region.
Ingham is also home to Lee's Hotel which was made famous by Slim Dusty's song, 'Pub With No Beer'. You could lose your afternoon visitng the many cafes and restaurants, as well as the TYTO Regional Art Gallery.