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Hinchinbrook Island

Which Jurassic Island can only 40 people explore at any one time?

Although the biggest island on the Great Barrier Reef, Hinchinbrook Island is completely uninhabited. To protect the Island's biodiversity and prevent damage to the environment just 40 people are permitted to stay at any one time.

If you have a desire for adventure, Hinchinbrook Island is your ultimate playground. It offers spectacular hiking and camping along the famous 32 kilometre Thorsborne Trail, internationally rated one of the top 10 walks on the planet. You will discover rainforests of Milky Pine, Palm Figs, and vines, with more than 66 species of birds, 22 species of butterflies, 29 different mangroves and many varieties of fish and crustaceans. To start your hiking expeditions on Hinchinbrook Island take a short ferry ride or private charter from Lucinda or Caldwell.

Another way to explore Hinchinbrook Island is by paddling along the outside coast in a kayak. Voted as one of the top 10 places to see by Kayak in Australia, the views are nothing short of spectacular and the long sandy beaches and extensive mangrove areas make Hinchinbrook Island an environmental haven for turtles, dugongs and many other marine creatures.

Hinchinbrook Island is the perfect place to restore body, mind and spirit. This is the Island to choose if you want peace, beauty, tranquillity and a hint of adventure.

Hinchinbrook Island
Hinchinbrook, Hinchinbrook Area
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Fox

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
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Located south-west of Ingham, Mount Fox was created by a violent volcanic explosion about 100000 years ago. In the explosion, a lava flow 10 metres thick spewed from the southern end of the crater and chunks of molten magma were thrown out of the volcano's vent. Today, the well formed crater, about 10 metres deep, is covered with sparse grasses and stunted trees amongst the eucalypt woodland environment. The pink and long-fruited bloodwoods are common in this area and vine thicket is found in a steep gully on the southern slopes. Mount Fox's tussock grass slopes shelter a number of small animals. On a cool day in the winter months, skinks and other reptiles can be seen basking on the volcanic bombs. During the hot summer months, the grasses provide protection from the sun and are ideal nesting places for ground-dwelling birds like the little button quail. After sunset, rufous bettongs (small wallaby-type mammals) emerge to feed on herbs and grasses. The large wing span of a wedge-tailed eagle can also be seen, as this bird of prey soars above the Mount Fox crater.

Wet Tropics Great Walk

Ingham, Hinchinbrook Area
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Passing through North Queensland's Wet Tropics World Heritage listed area, the Wet Tropic's Walk is located in Girringun National Park. Here the Traditional Aboriginal Custodians continue their close association with the land. A variety of walks are available including short walks, overnight adventures, and for more self-sufficient walkers, a unique wilderness experience. The walk begins at the breathtaking Wallaman Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Early risers taking a walk along the creek may be rewarded with a glimpse of a platypus or even a southern cassowary. The four to six day walk from Yamanie to Blencoe Falls offers a true wilderness adventure, and part of the walk follows the awe-inspiring, 60 kilometre long Herbert River Gorge. Enjoy half-day walks to view the Gorge and Blencoe Falls. The walk is approximately 100 kilometres long and traverses the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Are and Einasleigh Uplands bioregion. The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area is exceptional as one of only twelve World Heritage sites in the world the meet all four natural heritage criteria as set out in the World Heritage Convention.
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Approximately ten kilometres from the Kennedy Highway on Tully Falls Road, Ravenshoe the upper car park is a shaded spot to leave your vehicle. You will need personal insect repellent for the walk to the waterfalls then return to your vehicle - the most rewarding way to complete your walk. Then proceed further south to Tully Gorge Lookout over the 275 metre gorge, your best chance for falling water is just after a storm in the "Green Season".

Goold Island National Park

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
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Offshore from Cardwell, in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, this tall forested island features granite outcrops overlooking white sandy beaches. Dugong and sea turtles feed on seagrass beds in shallow waters surrounding the island. The area is significant to Aboriginal people and the island contains reminders of their special culture, including middens and fish traps. Relax, bush camp and picnic on the Spit (Western Beach) and enjoy superb views of nearby Hinchinbrook Island. Explore the island on walking tracks, ranging from four kilometres to 15 kilometres return, through open eucalypt woodland and rock-hopping around the beaches. Explore patches of rainforest flourishing in rocky gullies. Watch mudskippers and crabs amongst the mangroves. In summer, listen for Pied Imperial-pigeons as they feed in the rainforest then fly off in the afternoon to nest on nearby Brook Island.

Misty Mountains Wilderness Walking Tracks

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
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The Misty Mountains wilderness walking tracks are a 130 kilometre network of short and long wilderness tracks takes visitors through pristine, high altitude rainforest with crystal clear creeks, waterfalls and panoramic views.The tracks cross the Walter Hill Range and the Cardwell Range, extending from the coastal plain to the tablelands. The area forms part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and is recognised for its diversity of rainforest types, plant species and outstanding landscape features. Four long tracks—the Koolmoon Creek, Cannabullen Creek, Cardwell Range and Gorrell tracks—make up the Misty Mountains wilderness walking tracks. Sections of some of the tracks are accessible for shorter walks. Walkers must be well prepeared, self-sufficient and responsible for their own safety. Tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. A reliable form of communication is essential and satellite phones and PLBs (personal locator beacons) are the most effective.

Millstream Falls National Park

Ravenshoe, Tablelands Area
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Plunging over the edge of a columnar basalt lava flow, Big Millstream Falls is reputedly the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. Lying in the rain shadow of the eastern dividing ranges, the dry open woodland here is in stark contrast with the rainforest which is only kilometres away. This area is rich in World War II history. Camp sites were constructed for the Battalions of the 7th and 9th Divisions between 1943 and 1945. Picnic in the shady day-use area among the blue gums and ironbarks, or walk down to the viewing area above Millstream Falls. Explore their history as you wander the World War II Heritage track past the camp site remains, where informative signs tell of the conditions at the time and show how the soldiers lived, worked and played. Ride mountain bikes or trail bikes through the park's internal roads and firebreaks. At Little Millstream Falls, view these beautiful falls from just near the car park or enjoy a different perspective by walking the narrow path to the base of the falls.

Juwun Walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk

Cardwell, Cassowary Coast Area
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The Juwun walk starts near Blencoe Falls, in Girringun National Park. Blencoe Falls is a spectacular waterfall that plunges 90 metres to a pool before cascading a further 230 metres to the base of the Herbert River Gorge. The Juwun walk is a strenuous walk through the Herbert River Gorge. From Blencoe Falls, walkers travel through open forest before steeply descending into the Herbert River Gorge to the Blanket Creek bush camp. From here walkers follow the river to the Yamanie pick-up point. There is no designated walking track along the gorge beyond Blanket Creek. The Juwun walk is suitable for experienced, self-sufficient walkers with a high level of fitness. Remember to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you expect to return. Estuarine crocodiles inhabit the waterways. Remember to be croc-wise. In the event of an emergency, communication equipment is vital. You should carry at least one form of communication equipment. Personal locator beacons (PLBs) and satellite phones are the best option on this track. Mobile phone coverage is unreliable. Juwun walk, Wet Tropics Great Walk Grade: difficult. Distance: 43.5 kilometres one way. Time: allow 4–6 days.

Blencoe Falls, Girringun National Park

Mount Garnet, Tablelands Area
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This park features the stunning Blencoe Falls, where Blencoe Creek plunges 90 metres into a pool before cascading a further 230 metres to the bottom of Blencoe Gorge before joining the Herbert River in the spectacular Herbert River Gorge. Towering cliffs and rugged ridges are covered in open forest while vine-thicket rainforest scattered with hoop pines clads the gullies and upper slopes of the gorge. Set up camp and enjoy the short walks and lookouts around Blencoe Falls. The gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walk also starts here, with 110 kilometres of tracks including short and overnight walks. Blencoe Falls is remote and visitors must be self-sufficient. Take adequate communication equipment and be careful around cliffs, steep slopes and rock faces along the tracks and at the lookout.
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This walk crosses the Herbert River before reaching the Yamanie pick-up point. Remember to tell a responsible person where you're going and when you expect to return. Let them know your route and contact them on your return. Have a contingency plan in place if you fail to contact them by the agreed time. If you change your plans, inform them. Grade: Difficult. Distance: 37.5 kilometres one way. Time: Allow two days. Day 1-Henrietta gate pick-up point to Stony Creek camp site From Henrietta gate pick-up point walk 5.2 kilometres to Lemon Tree Gully. After passing through the gully, walk six kilometres to Henrietta Creek. Fill water bottles here as there is no water until the campsite, 13 kilometres away. Day 2 Stony Creek camp site to Yamanie pick-up point From the camp site, walk 4.4 kilometre to Garrawalk Creek. Crocodiles can be found here. Be aware! They're most active at night. Walk another three kilometres to a grove of cycads. The Yamani turn-off is a further 1.8 kilometres along. Follow the signs to the pick-up point, and enjoy a 9.5 kilometre walk through open forest, along the high banks of the Herbert River to the Yamanie pick-up point.
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Buujan Quiinbiira walk, Girringun National Park (Wallaman Falls section). The Buujan Quiinbiira (Boo-jun quin bee-rr-ar) walk starts at Wallaman Falls and winds its way through open forests and past palm-filled gullies before crossing the Herbert River to reach the Yamanie pick-up point. Walkers must be self-sufficient and have the right equipment and bushwalking gear. Always tell someone your walking plans and when you expect to return. Mobile phone coverage is limited. Distance: 37.5 kilometres one way. Time: Allow two days. Grade: Difficult. Day 1-Wallaman Falls to Pack Trail camp site (23.3 kilometres) From Wallaman Falls, follow an old forestry track through a range of landscapes including she-oak dominated country, open forest and rainforest. Or, from the Wet Tropics Great Walk information shelter, wander down the road and across the Stony Creek bridge to the start of the walk. Day 2-Pack Trail camp site to Yamanie pick-up point (14.2 kilometres) Re-live the past by walking part of the Dalrymple Track forged in the 1860s by George Dalrymple and his team. The track provided an essential route for bullock teams hauling basic supplies from the Port of Cardwell to the frontier homesteads. Be prepared for a steep decent on unstable surfaces.
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