Hinchinbrook Island

Posted on 1st October 2020

Adventure seekers and nature lovers cannot help but be captivated and enthralled by the mesmerising beauty and unparalleled experiences that can be found on Hinchinbrook Island.

The rugged and untamed, yet tranquil and pristine wilderness on this completely uninhabited island is truly world-class.  How you choose to explore the untouched landscape depends only on whether you are more comfortable on land or water.

This “Jurassic Island” is home to one of the top 10 walks on the planet.  The unforgettable, arduous and fulfilling experience of Thorsborne Trail – a 32 kilometre trek through paradise – is both an epic challenge and a spiritual journey.  Hikers will cross long, sandy beaches, venture into the heart of rainforests of Milky Pine, Palm Figs and vines and bathe in the cool, clear waters of Zoe Bay and Mulligans Bay along the way.

Nature lovers will revel in the Island’s biodiversity, with over 66 species of birds, 22 species of butterflies, 29 different mangroves and many varieties of fish and crustaceans inhabiting this environmental haven.  Surrounding waters are also home to endangered dugongs who feed on the precious seagrass beds, awe-inspiring estuarine crocodiles, calm and serene sea turtles and many other marine creatures.

Those who appreciate history and culture may also witness the preserved, yet secluded evidence of the traditional custodians of the land – the Bandjin people – who lived and thrived on the island for thousands of years before European settlement. 

For the intrepid explorers who would rather discover this destination from the water, Hinchinbrook Island was voted as one of the top 10 places to see by kayak in Australia.  When paddling along the outside coast in a kayak, the majestic views are only matched by the thrill of spotting a crocodile or catching a glimpse of the various permanent and migratory marine animals that call Hinchinbrook Island and its surrounding waters “home”.   

The Island’s biodiversity, natural wonders and cultural heritage need to be protected and preserved.  For this reason, only 40 people are permitted to stay at any one time on Hinchinbrook Island, providing privacy, isolation and freedom for hikers and campers who seek to completely immerse themselves in nature, culture or adventure.

The natural environment, both wild and peaceful, is said to strengthen one’s connection to themselves, providing a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness.  Hinchinbrook Island has been referred to as the perfect place to restore mind, body and spirit, a place where visitors feel privileged to leave only their footprints and take only their memories…

Content provided by Hinchinbrook Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

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