Hinchinbrook Island is a rugged, outstanding feature of the north Queensland coast between Townsville and Cairns. Its cloud-covered mountains, reaching 1,000 metres, support fragile heath vegetation. Patches of lush rainforest and extensive eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast. Protected since 1932, Hinchinbrook is one of Australia's largest island national parks (39,900 ha). The island is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is separated from the mainland by the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel.
The 32 kilometre Thorsborne Trail, along Hinchinbrook Island's east coast, is named after the late Arthur Thorsborne. Arthur and his wife, Margaret, shared a lifelong interest in nature conservation that included monitoring pied (Torresian) imperial-pigeons Ducula bicolor, which migrate to nest on local islands in summer. The trail is not a graded or hardened walking track and, in some areas, is rough and difficult to traverse. It should only be undertaken by fit and experienced walkers who are fully self-sufficient. The trail is managed under the minimal impact bushwalking and no-trace camping ethics. To help minimise impact and to maintain the wilderness setting, permits are issued for a maximum of 40 people on the trail at any one time. The largest group size is six.It is recommended, prior to hiking the trail, that all hikers obtain a copy of the QPWS Thorsborne Trail trail guide.
It is imperative that hiking details are left with a responsible contact person. This will assist in the event of an emergency situation or when hikers are overdue. The contact person must know:
1.how hikers are accessing the island e.g. private vessel or water taxi
2.the planned route
3.when hikers are due to return
4.the agreed time period after which the contact person will need to contact emergency services.
5.to phone Triple Zero (000) or 112 in an emergency or if hikers do not return within agreed time period.
If no longer hiking the trail, ensure to cancel bookings by contacting them. Information on cancellations assists in emergencies such as cyclones and wildfires.Visit Website
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