Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island National Park
Getting there and getting around
Access to the Thorsborne Trail is either by private vessel, launched from Cardwell or Lucinda (Dungeness), or by the water taxi services. Services vary according to demand, tide levels and time of year. For more information see the tourism information links below.
Walkers accessing the island by private vessel should obtain a copy of the Marine wonders of Hinchinbrook: a guide to using the Hinchinbrook transit lanes brochure produced by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Hinchinbrook Island is a rugged, outstanding feature of the north Queensland coast between Townsville and Cairns. Its cloud-covered mountains, reaching 1000m, support fragile heath vegetation. Patches of lush rainforest and extensive eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast.
Things to do
The Thorsborne Trail is not a graded or hardened walking track and in some areas is rough and difficult to traverse.
Fishing is prohibited in all freshwater streams, lagoons and creeks of Hinchinbrook Island National Park. Waters off the island are protected as part of the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Things to know before you go
Essentials to bring
Walkers need to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. Pack essential equipment and bushwalking gear including:
>>adequate water-carrying containers, as each person will use around four litres of water a day
>>waterproof pack liner or bags
>>warm and waterproof clothing
>>sturdy, reliable footwear
>>hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
>>basic first-aid kit including space blanket
>>Lucinda tide timetable
>>gas or liquid fuel stove with spare fuel
>>cooking utensils and equipment
>>torch or headlamp
>>high quality, lightweight and waterproof tent
>>insect repellent and clothing to avoid insect bites
>>biodegradable toilet paper and hand trowel
>>strong rubbish bag
>>lightweight sleeping bag
>>nourishing food that is compact and lightweight including nuts, dried fruit, pasta, rice, lentils, dehydrated foods, selected fresh vegetables, muesli, hard cheese, crackers, chocolate, pita bread and herbs and spices.
EPA Customer Service Centre
160 Ann Street, Brisbane
PO Box 15155, City East QLD 4002
ph (07) 3227 8185
fax (07) 3227 8749
Information for this National Park has been supplied courtesy of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service