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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.

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Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach. Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.

Hibiscus Coast

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Waking to greet the spectacular ocean sunrise is the best way to become truly immersed in the ruggedly natural paradise of the Hibiscus Coast. 20 kilometres north of Mackay lies the Hibiscus Coast which includes the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough. This is the perfect place to find a quiet beach or picnic table and enjoy the sounds of nature. Cape Hillsborough National Park is where the rainforest meets the coastal water of the Coral Sea, with a beautiful beach shared with the local wallabies, scenic nature walks and spectacular views. The Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort offers beachside accommodation and facilities. At low tide you can walk from the Cape Hillsborough beach to the Wedge Island Reef via a causeway. Wedge Island is fringed with nearby coral, a popular snorkelling destination. Just remember to return before the tide starts coming in as the causeway will recede underwater. Camp on a remote island in Newry Islands National Park. Launch your boat from the Victor Creek boat ramp. Abandoned resort ruins are located near the camp site on Newry Island.

Smalleys Beach

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Smalleys Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites. Facilities include toilets, and small secluded sites. Water must be brought with you. Camping is by self registration. A gravel road can be accessed from Cape Hillsborough Road to Smalleys Beach to camping sites. Camping sites have great access to the picturesque beach and walking trails.

Newry Islands National Park

Newry Island, Mackay Area
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Newry Islands National Park lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, an area of outstanding natural beauty and irreplaceable value. Pearl-coloured beaches, exposed rocky headlands, open woodlands and dense rainforest, all surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef—Newry Islands National Park is truly world class World Heritage. Newry Island was once home to one of the earliest resorts in the area. Wander along the island’s resort trail past the resort ruins and contemplate a bygone era. Take a walk on Newry Island’s circuit track through rainforest and open forest. Vantage points along the way offer spectacular views of nearby islands and the mainland. Enjoy a picnic on the island’s western side overlooking Rabbit Island. Camping is available on Newry, Outer Newry and Rabbit islands. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. Book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as spearfishing, anchoring, fishing and collecting.

Ball Bay

Ball Bay, Mackay Area
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The picturesque beach settlement of Ball Bay is located 35 kilometres north of Mackay. Ball Bay offers secluded camping on a small grassy campground. The facilities include toilets, cold beach showers, wood barbecues and drinking water, however animals are not allowed. Fish off the beach in this small piece of paradise, surrounded by lush bushland. Ball Bay offers easy and close access to Cape Hillsborough National Park bushwalking tracks. In the early hours of the summer months it is possible to see Flatback turtles hatching.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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At Cape Hillsborough National Park, rainforest literally meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, providing unique habitats for plants and animals. Rugged, rainforest-clad hills plunge to rocky headlands of rhyolite boulders. Created by volcanic activity, the boulders separate white sandy beaches in this scenic and peaceful park. Watch the sunrise on the beach and meet friendly wallabies as they search for treats that the ocean washed up overnight. This is the perfect opportunity to get beautiful photos of the sunrise over the national park and get up close to these playful creatures. Learn about the history of the park and the Yuibera (Yuwi) Aboriginal people who continue their traditional use of the rich natural resources found here. The 1.2 kilometre Yuibera trail illustrates traditional coastal life. Observe more than 150 species of birds and 25 species of tropical butterflies and along the award-winning Diversity boardwalk, see shell middens from Yuibera feasts. Camping, cabins and motel rooms are available at the nearby tourist park and national park camping at Smalleys Beach

Cape Hillsborough

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.
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