National Park status has seen Hinchinbrook Island remain relatively uninhabited and in pristine condition. The Thorsborne Trail has a limit of 40 visitors per day while the Hinchinbrook Island Resort and Orchid Beach have no restrictions on visitor numbers. Activities on the Island include hiking through the stunning rainforest, bird spotting, relaxing on the many beaches, and visiting the Island’s lookout to watch the sunset. Keep an eye out for dolphins and turtles that maybe swimming by.
Australia’s largest island National Park, Hinchinbrook Island, is separated from the mainland by the deep, narrow, mangrove-fringed Hinchinbrook Channel, scoured from sand and mud by strong tidal currents. Rising to 1121 metres in the centre of the island are the jagged battlements of Mt Bowen, largest in the chain of rugged granite crags forming the backbone of the island’s southern half. Hinchinbrook Island is one of the world’s most diversely beautiful wilderness areas.
This 39.3 sq. km island lying off the Cardwell coast, halfway between Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland Australia, is Australia’s largest island National Park. The island has a rich aboriginal history and was first seen by Europeans in 1770 when Captain Cook sailed past. Its rugged skyline is dominated by 1121m Mt. Bowen which towers over a rainforest wilderness, mangrove-lined shores and spectacular golden sandy ocean beaches. Hinchinbrook Island has been separated from the mainland by the deep, narrow mangrove fringed Hinchinbrook Channel for approximately 100,000 years and has remained in relatively uninhabited, pristine condition. It is this unique pristine condition that has caused the Australian Government to select this island as an area for special protection. Only small sample areas of the island have been opened for visitor access for very limited numbers. Whether its for a day visit or a weeks trekking, visitors to Hinchinbrook can choose from hiking through the majestic and unspoiled rainforest, relaxing on one of the secluded golden sand beaches or merely capturing the islands splendour from the comfort of a vessel whilst cruising through the magnificent Hinchinbrook Channel.