Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Where the rainforest meets rocky volcanic headlands, Cape Hillsborough National Park teems with an abundance of natural beauty.
The rugged scenery, picturesque walking tracks and native wildlife are what make this destination a must to be explored.
Cape Hillsborough is most famous for being the focal point for an iconic Australian scene, wallabies at the beach during sunrise.
The morning sunrise at Casuarina Beach is an unforgettable Australian experience. Watch the sun rise from behind the Coral Sea and its tropical islands, while wallabies bound along the sand and feast along the water's edge.
Explore nearby walking tracks to view a plethora of colourful birds and butterflies, including the vivid Ulysses butterfly. Meander through a mangrove community, eucalypt open forest and vine thicket along the Diversity Boardwalk, or discover the 1.6 kilometre Juipera Plants Trail for a fascinating insight into local Aboriginal history.
At low tide, you can walk the causeway to Wedge Island, which has a small tranquil beach and coral reefs perfect for snorkelling. Just keep an eye on the incoming tide to avoid getting stranded.
Catch your own fresh marinara feast, with fish and crabs plentiful from Andrew's Point, Sandy Bay and Casuarina Beach.
A nearby nature resort offers a variety of accommodation options from caravan and camping to beachfront huts and motel units, the ideal location to base yourself to prepare for the morning beach sunrise.