Hinchinbrook Island, Cardwell

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Hinchinbrook Island lies east of Cardwell and north of Lucinda, separated from the northern coast of Queensland, Australia by the narrow Hinchinbrook Channel. Hinchinbrook Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and wholly protected within the Hinchinbrook Island National Park, except for a small and abandoned resort. It is the largest island on the Great Barrier Reef. It is also the largest island national park in Australia.Natural heritageHinchinbrook Island is made up of late Palaeozoic igneous rocks. The main 16 km long pluton in the east of the island, the Hinchinbrook Granite, is composed of various hypersolvus granites and intrudes volcanics, granodiorites, and granites. The island and coastal ranges are thought to have been thrust up as blocks with subsidence between them to form the coastal plain with the summit level of the island being an older dissected surface that has been uplifted to approximately 1 km (0.6 mile) or more above sea level. The Hinchinbrook Channel that separates the island from the mainland is considered to be fault controlled.
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  • June 29, 2017
    Fantastic hike. Beautiful scenery and places to swim along the way. Terrain was undulating with few steep climbs and varied from beach, rock hopping, roots, mangroves and creek crossings. John from Ab...  more »
  • November 12, 2016
    We headed across for a 4 night / 5 day hike at the start of September. What a place – the hiking is relatively easy but as speccy as you’ll find. Taking the longer boat trip from Lucinda at the start ...  more »
  • October 16, 2016
    We had to tick this hike off our bucket list and had heard great reviews from friends who had done the Thorsborne Trail... and it didn't disappoint. We (2 adults and a 12 year old) decided to take 6 d...  more »

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