half-way between Townsville and Cairns, Cardwell is the centre
of a vast natural wonderland - world heritage rainforests,
waterfalls, swimming holes, wilderness tracks, white water
rafting, canoeing, crabbing, fishing and prawning.
is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, Australia's largest
Island National Park. Uninhabited, except for an eco lodge
at Cape Richards, the island abounds in flora, fauna, crystal
streams, palm-fringed beaches and mangrove waterways.
The Thorsborne Trail along the island's eastern
side is a world renowned four to five day hiking track. The
less energetic or those pressed for time can see the island
on a day cruise or scenic flight.
your boat into the sheltered waters of the Hinchinbrook Channel or venture seaward
to nearby islands or to the Great Barrier Reef. Take a scenic flight, a cruise,
or go snorkelling or scuba diving. From Cardwell, branch out on self-drive trips
or coach tours to Mission Beach, Tully Gorge, Wallaman Falls (Australia's highest
single drop waterfall) or the remote Blencoe Falls. Also within easy reach are
adventure trips: white water rafting, sea kayaking and skydiving to name a few.