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Hinchinbrook Island, Qld
Hinchinbrook is basically two large islands joined by a long sand isthmus which has developed so there is a narrow sandy beach facing south, then a few substantial dunes and a vast, impenetrable mangrove swamp cut by sinuous channels.
The largest island National Park in Australia, it is 52 km long, 10 km wide and it covers an area of 37 379 hectares making it the largest island on the Great Barrier Reef. Highest peak is the 1095m forest clad peak of Mt Bowen. The island consists of old volcanic peaks covered in a wilderness of rainforest sheltering a wealth of wildlife.
Hinchinbrook is basically for walkers and for people who enjoy the quietness of virgin rainforest and pristine beaches. The channel which lies between the island and the mainland is a flooded river valley and is notable for its extensive areas of mangroves.
The Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service, located near the jetty at Cardwell, can give advice on their suggested two- and five-day walks on the island, tel: (07) 4066 8601.
Campsites, toilets and boardwalks have been placed strategically along the trails to make the journeys easier. Boats can be hired for those people who want to sail over to the island for a day.
There is a resort with serviced cabins located at Cape Richards on the north-eastern corner of the island. Location 190km south of Cairns 160 km north of Townsville
To get there, catch a launch from Cardwell, it takes 40-45 minutes. Townsville to Cardwell is 1 1/2 hours drive. Cairns to Cardwell is 2 1/2 hours drive.