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hinchinbrook island
Hinchinbrook Island
blencoe falls
Blencoe Falls
cardwell beach
Cardwell Beach
cardwell fishing
Incredible Fishing

Cardwell, the village by the sea, offers the Hinchinbrook Island, National Park and Great Barrier Reef, with reef diving, sailing, game - reef fishing, reef cruises, snorkelling, reef viewing with accommodation available at caravan parks, motels, camping, backpacking, units, cabins, and trailer parks. Cardwell is the oldest settlement in North Queensland being settled in 1864, is on the Bruce Highway about half way between Townsville and Cairns.Off shore, 20 tropical islands are easily accessible by boat including the famous Hinchinbrook Island. Many national parks, and permits may be needed.

Between October and May, marine stingers along the North Queensland coast make swimming a risky pastime, however, the mountains behind Cardwell hold some excellent crystal clear streams and holes. There's also some magnificent waterfalls, and World Heritage Rainforests.

About 7 kilometers south on the highway is the popular Five Mile Swimming Hole. Barbeque facilities are available, and access is by turning on the Cardwell side of the bridge.

The Dalrymple Gap Walking Track is a memorial to the courage and tenacity of the men who pioneered the northern wilderness. George Elphinstone Dalrymple founded Cardwell in 1864 as a port to service his pastoral interests in the Valley of Lagoons, in the upper Burdekin River catchments. Following a section of the original road, the walking track (10 kms long.) is between the Damper Creek Bridge on the Bruce Highway and the exotic pine plantations on Abergowrie State Forest. The track passes through open eucalypt forest with rainforested creeks, and dense rainforest that follows the cascading waters of Dalrymple creek.

Not overwhelmed by commercialism, Cardwell's identity has remained intact and more importantly, the local fish and crabs have retained their local flavour. In fact the fishing is just as good now as it was when Adam was a pup.

With the Highway passing through town, visitors have the choice of frequent bus or rail services, as well as their own car. Accommodation wise, Cardwell lacks nothing. Visitors have the choice of first class motels, caravan parks, cabins and a pub.

With an area of 39,000 hectares, Hinchinbrook Island is the world's largest island National Park. Its absolute splendor, unique mangrove system including 32 different varieties and rugged topography is something not to be missed.

Other off shore islands out of Cardwell include Brook, Goold, Garden, Family, Dunk and Palm groups, with safe waters inside the Hinchinbrook Channel. A car park is provided at each end of the track, so it is possible to be dropped off at one end and picked up on the other side. A permit must first be obtained from either the Ingham or Cardwell Forestry Offices.

Behind Cardwell, a short 9k circuit drive into the foothills will take you to picnic and BBQ facilities, the lookout, swimming holes and walking tracks. Blenco Falls Forestry Land is surrounded by open eucalypt forest which is broken by valleys sheltering refuge pockets of rainforest. These spectacular 92 metre falls are 83 kms. from Cardwell and can be reached on DRY WEATHER ONLY access road.

13 kms. north of Cardwell turn left at the Kennedy Store. The falls are in a remote area, a good two hours drive from the highway. There are NO facilities so don't get caught short. Follow the bitumen for 6 kms. then turn right into Kirrama Road. This is now a gravel road winding up the range beneath the rainforest ceiling. 20 kms from the highway is a lookout over the Kennedy Valley near a monument to surveyor, George Tucker.

Proceed a further 29 kms. turning left a couple of kms. beyond the sawmill. From here it is 22 kms. to the falls. It really is spectacular, and the drive is enjoyable too.

A little further north of Kennedy is the turn off to Murray Falls with a 10 M drop and spectacular sculptured rocks which can be viewed from a safety platform.


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North Queensland has it all ... the Great Barrier Reef ... World Heritage tropical rainforests,
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