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Cape Hillsborough

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.

Cape Hillsborough
Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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Cape Hillsborough National Park Camping Ground

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$11.90 - 11.90
Basic camping is available at Smalleys Beach camping area, which can be reached via a signposted gravel road off Cape Hillsborough Road. This small camping area has picnic tables, toilets, town water and some sites suitable for caravans. Fires are permitted only in off-ground fire containers and within the camping area. Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are preferred and recommended. Fires are not permitted anywhere else in the park, including on the beaches. All campers must carry sturdy rubbish bags to remove all rubbish from the park. Generators are not permitted anywhere in the park. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$29.00 - 210.00
Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a haven in an ecological setting, providing budget to mid-range accommodation and facilities. The resort fronts Casuarina Bay with National Park on three sides, creating a secluded environment where you can relax, go fishing, or take a walk in the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and more than 150 species of birds and dozens of butterflies can be observed. Wake to the sounds of nature. Enjoy peace and tranquillity, fresh air and a sky full of stars. Discover the delights of being 'far from the maddening crowd'. Laze on the beach or by the pool, set amongst lush tropical vegetation. Watch the birds make friends with wallabies and kangaroos, and share the evening with possums. Throw in a line, catch a crab or simply relax with a good book. For stress-free breaks, bird watchers, nature lovers, photographers and artists, family getaways, paradise is within easy reach at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.
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