Cardwell is located 186km south of Cairns and is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, Australia’s largest island national park of 14km in length. On a clear day the views across the Hinchinbrook Channel to the island are superb.
Island ferries and cruises depart daily from Port Hinchinbrook south of town. Take a day trip to the island or spoil yourself and indulge at the island resort. Hiking enthusiasts may be interested in tackling the 32km Thorsborne Trail, exploring the island on foot over 4 days. Bookings and registration can be done at the Rainforest and Reef Centre in the centre of town.
The Rainforest and Reef Centre provides a wealth of information on the area. Murals and interpretive displays present the town’s attractions in a unique and pleasant way. Call in to the centre for local knowledge, tour bookings and fishing tips.
Fishing is a popular pastime here, especially boating in the Hinchinbrook Channel and its many creeks. Launch your own boat, hire a boat or take a chartered fishing tour and chase the highly sought after Barramundi and Mangrove Jack.
Mud crabs are also common catches. Set your pots off the jetty in town and enjoy ocean and island views or try your luck in the mangrove lined creeks of the Hinchinbrook Channel. If all else fails sample some local seafood in town, just look for The Big Crab.
If barbequing is more your style enjoy the facilities at the Coral Sea Battle Memorial Park located beside the beach on Coral Sea Drive. The park commemorates the soldiers and Red Cross servicemen of World War II.
This coastal township is a convenient stopover between Cairns and Townsville and offers plenty of accommodation to suit all budgets. Access to Hinchinbrook Island and the fishing possibilities are the draw cards to this seaside town.