Hinchinbrook Shire North Queensland
If tropical rainforest, eco-adventures, cultural heritage and beautiful beaches are on your list for the perfect holiday, Hinchinbrook in the Herbert River Valley is a destination must. This scenic region is just an hour’s drive north of Townsville and is a wonderland of nature based attractions in a vibrant cultural setting.
Numerous walking tracks, historic sites, as well as national parks for picnics, photography and bike riding beckon you to explore this piece of North Queensland.
TYTO Wetlands is a unique 120 hectare natural wetland area that is home to over 230 species of birds, tropical plants and native wildlife. Extensive walking tracks allow visitors to explore the park at their own pace, with a new cultural precinct linking the lagoons to the nearby TYTO Wetlands Centre. The precinct offers waterfront dining options, community gardens, and a birds-eye view of the area by climbing the 11m observation tower.
Those looking for a day’s adventure should visit Australia’s tallest sheer drop waterfall, Wallaman Falls. Girringun National Park is the gateway to the Wet Tropics Great Walks and home to the shy platypus and endangered southern cassowary. A little further north is Broadwater State Forest, which offers tropical rainforest, open eucalypt forest and exotic pine plantations.
Lucinda is the closest mainland connection to Hinchinbrook Island with the neighbouring channel a protected environment for the dugong.
The Hinchinbrook Shire also encompasses the traditional country of the Nywaigi, Warrgamay and Bandjin Aboriginal peoples. Visit Mungalla Station, near Forrest Beach, to hear stories about the Indigenous and European history of the area.