The best ways to discover Hinchinbrook Island

This pristine island is perfect for a proper adventure.

Off the coast of Cardwell, this Jurassic landform only receives about 7000 visitors a year. But that’s what makes it special.

As there are no hotels, only true adventurers think of visiting the island. There are a few great ways to explore.

By foot

Immerse yourself in the island’s wilderness by tackling Hinchinbrook by foot. Take the Thorsborne Trail, Queensland’s premier island bushwalking experience. It covers about 32km, which takes most people three nights and four days.

It’s not an easy walk, as you’ll need to carry all your gear, but it’s worth it. Swim in waterfalls, make it to the top of Nina Peak for a bird’s eye view of the island, then descend to mangrove-lined creeks.

By boat

Bring your own or rent a boat to take you to Hinchinbrook. The huge benefit of your own boat is the fishing. The waters of Hinchinbrook are rich with barramundi – just watch out for the crocs. Spend your days fishing before returning to your campsite to cook your catch.

The other great thing about a boat is it will enable you to access some amazing camping spots on both sides of the island.

By kayak

Join in a seven-day kayak tour for a unique experience of Hinchinbrook. This is as luxurious as it gets on the island, with your own dedicated camp chef, along with three-course dinners and wine.

With only three to four hours a day spent paddling, there’s plenty of time to relax or explore the island.

RACQ Travel can help you plan your next Australian adventure. Talk to one of our knowledgeable RACQ Travel consultants to plan your next holiday on 1300 096 166.

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