Just 5Km off the coast near Cardwell south of Mission Beach and North of Townsville, Hinchinbrook Island is the largest National Park Island in the Great Barrier Reef and is completely uninhabited to protect the Island’s biodiversity and prevent damage to the environment.
Now that the resort at Cape Richards is closed, just 40 people are permitted to stay at any one time. The island is 37.4 Km and 10Km wide and is an ideal base from which to explore the tropical marine and island environments.
Take a day to cruise through the mangrove everglades, which are some of the richest and most varied in Australia and an important breeding ground for many marine animals. There’s so much to experience at Hinchinbrook Island, dive the Great Barrier Reef, go snorkelling, take a walk through the virgin rainforest to isolated beaches (there’s 11 beautiful, sandy beaches) or fish the world renowned waters.
There’s day cruises to other parts of the National Park as well as fishing charters, so there’s plenty to do on your exotic vaction to Hinchinbrook Island.
What Was Hinchinbrook Island Resort Like?
The resort won the 2004 North Queensland Tourism Award for Eco-Tourism. Over the years it has been smashed by Cyclone Yasi, looted by vandals and destroyed by fire.
The Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge and Resort offered guests the opportunity to experience the luxury of splendid isolation in one of the world’s last untouched tropical wilderness environments.
All accommodation in the Wilderness Lodge was designed to blend in with the outstanding, natural tropical landscape. From the water, only a very keen eye could pick any sign of this delightful luxury eco-resort nestled amongst the rainforest overlooking Orchid Beach.
The Lodge offered accommodation in spacious timber treehouses. They were spacious, modern and architecturally designed and were nestled in the rainforest and connected by a winding, timber boardwalk. Each tree house had its own timber patio; were designed to ensure your privacy and are all take advantage of the breathtaking views.