Where is Hinchinbrook?
Hinchinbrook is a generic term for the area surrounding world heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island in tropical North Queensland, Australia. The island is quite large (430 square kilometres) and the fishing can be accessed at several places. We generally launch from Port Hinchinbrook boat ramp, located by the quaint seaside village of Cardwell. Cardwell is half way between Townsville to the south and Cairns to the north and is about 170km from both of these cities. The Hinchinbrook Channel has been closed to commercial fishing since 1998 and the area has been voted the most scenic fishing destination in Australia. We have it all. Great fishing amidst spectacular scenery.
How do I get to Cardwell?
Both Cairns and Townsville have domestic airports and you can fly into either. From there most clients hire a vehicle. Alternatively a greyhound bus service runs four times a day and Queensland Rail run a train service 5 days per week to Cardwell from both Townsville and Cairns.
Greyhound bus bookings can be made here.
Information on rail services can be found here.
For all you need to know about the Hinchinbrook region visit Cardwell’s award winning information centre website Great Green Way Tourism.
Where is the best value for money?
If absolute beachfront is your scene, the Beachfront Motel is the one for you but be sure to book early. Bookings can be made here: Beachfront Motel
One step across from the beach are the Beachcomber “Ocean Villas”. They have an ocean view and sleep 7 with full cooking facilities. Beachcomber also has a great restaurant. Bookings here.
If you like a pub atmosphere, great pub meals and bottle shop at your door, Lyndoch Motel and Yasi Bar may be your scene. Across the road from the supermarket. Bookings here
Can I stay waterfront?
If the lap of luxury is your scene, there are a couple of waterfront properties to rent in Port Hinchinbrook, about 2km south of Cardwell itself. Royal Palms is a four bedroom home overlooking the marina. Bookings here.
Anchora (previously Andrew Ettinghausen’s “Sandleigh”) has been meticulously repaired post cyclone Yasi and sports spectacular views of Hinchinbrook Island and the channel. It also has it’s own pontoon. Bookings click here.
Inspirations 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments on the marina are equally luxurious although smaller than the other two options. Bookings here.
NB. There is no longer a restaurant at Port Hinchinbrook so if you wish to eat out you will need a car or take a nice beachfront walk. You will also have to travel into Cardwell for groceries.
Short term holiday rental homes and units in Cardwell and Port Hinchinbrook are also available through
Click the link for the latest listings. Hinchinbrook Real Estate holiday rentals.
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