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You will find lots of things to do in Cardwell

Hinchinbrook Island Queensland


Explore Hinchinbrook Island, the world’s largest island national park. The Island is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Have a wilderness experience by walking the world-renowned 32km Thorsbourne Trail located on the Island.

The island’s cloud-covered mountains support fragile heath vegetation. Rainforest and eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-lined channel in the west with bays, beaches and rocky headlands along the east coast.

Heading into Cardwell from the South you will find Port Hinchinbrook.  The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar is open every Wednesday to Sunday.  Live music on Fridays and Saturdays plus “Nibbles Hour” from 4pm to 6pm.  Superb food and a  view not to be missed!   Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort, right next to the public jetty has been awarded the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Choice for Townsville and Surrounds three years in a row. The motel rooms have stunning views of the Hinchinbrook Channel where fishing and boating is simply world class.

  • Enjoy a walk along the beach and the Cardwell Jetty and watch for Dugong & Turtles
  • Try catching a barramundi by fishing off the Jetty or Beach
  • Visit the Historic Cemetery located on Gregory Street
  • Step back in time by visiting the Historic Cardwell Post Office & Telegraph Station.
  • Learn about the Aboriginal history in the Keeping Place of the Cardwell area at the Girringun Cultural Centre
  • Visit the Coral Sea Memorial Park on Coral Sea Parade
  • Enjoy a BBQ on the waterfront or grab some local fish & chips to eat at the several picnic areas along the Cardwell Foreshore
  • Visit the Hinchinbrook Regional Art Gallery
  • Play golf or bowls at the Cardwell Country Club
  • Have a game of basketball, tennis or cricket at the local sports facilities
  • Visit Edmund Kennedy National Park 4km North of Cardwell
  • Enjoy a swim at the freshwater swimming holes – Don’t miss the Spa Pools!

blue_pools_cardwell_north_queensland Where else on a week day can you have a magnificent swimming hole all to yourself?  Cardwell Spa Pools, cool, refreshing and set in Heritage National Park, is just one of the places you’ll find on your visit to Cardwell, door-way to the Cassowary Coast.

All of the swimming holes along the Cardwell Forest Drive are crocodile, shark and stinger-free, but be careful of the slippery and submerged rocks, as they may be hazardous. 

 The rock pool is easily accessed on the Cardwell Forest Drive. The Spa itself is a natural depression in the creek bed that causes the water to bubble and swirl like a Jacuzzi.

All of the swimming holes along the Cardwell Forest Drive are crocodile, shark and stinger-free, but be careful of the slippery and submerged rocks, as they may be hazardous.

  • Take a walk along Dalrymple Gap Walking Track
  • Cardwell Park Rest Area.  Right on the beach, with stunning views out to Hinchinbrook Island, you will find a well-shaded area with food and coffee vans and toilet facilities.  Perfect for a quick stop and to let your furry friend take a walk.

Surround yourself with forest, waterfalls and swimming holes, and experience everything that this area has to offer.

The Cardwell Forest Drive is roughly a 1-2 hour drive, including all stops. The trip starts at the state forest behind Cardwell. You can drive through pine plantations to the Cardwell lookout for an amazing view out to Hinchinbrook, Goold, Garden and the Family Group Islands. And additional 1.60 km return walk yields magnificent views of the Hinchinbrook Channel.

Blue spa poolsContinuing along the forest drive and Attie Creek, where you’ll find picnic facilities with a shady swimming hole nearby that is suitable for youngsters. If you’re up for it, take the 15 minute walk up to the 25-metre falls at Attie Creek. Absolutely amazing place. It’s a bit of a hike up to the top but well worth it.

Next stop from Attie Creek is Dead Horse Creek, where you’ll also find picnic areas. Walk up the Creek for a few minutes, and you’ll come to the first of many pools, which are perfect for swimming. Continuing along, and the creek bed becomes steeper and more spectacular.

The Historic Precinct should not be missed. It’s worth spending an hour or two, history buff or not, to view the fascinating memorabilia – such things as the old telegraph and telex machines, long gone from our memories!

Don’t forget the Fishing!!!  

Google reviews
Lots of old history to see, also knowledgeable staff. Can ask about local family history also.
2 reviews 8 months ago
This museum was a delightful find today. We spent at least an hour looking at all sorts of fascinating exhibits., and all for a donation entry. Wonderful.

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