National Parks


QLD Mackay - Cape Hillsborough National Park

Rock-strewn, sandy beaches, hoop pine-dotted hillsides plunging towards the sea, subtropical rainforest and mangrove-fringed wetlands make Cape Hillsborough one of the most scenic parks along the central Queensland coast.

Open eucalypt forest with a grassy understorey covers the hills and headlands while sheltered valleys and creeks support lush rainforest. Patches of low heath grow on exposed slopes. West of the picnic area, mangrove forests provide an important breeding and feeding ground for marine wildlife. The surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Rhyolite boulders scattered over the headlands and foreshore are a reminder of volcanic activity millions of years ago.

The Juipera people lived in this area for thousands of years and have left behind reminders of their special connection to the Cape. Cook named the Cape in June 1770 after the Earl of Hillsborough.


Cape Hillsborough is off the Bruce Highway north of Mackay. Take the Seaforth Road 20km north of Mackay and continue 20km to the Cape Hillsborough turnoff then a further 10km to the park

Further Information

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
PO Box 15187
City East Q 4002

13 QGOV (13 74 68)