Beachcomber Cove Track
  • Length: 2.2km

  • Duration: 1.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough

  • End: Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Cape Hillsborough National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 1,001 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -20.92023657

  • Longitude: 149.0461922

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Beachcomber Cove Track is a 2.2km, grade 3 Return hike located in Cape Hillsborough National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 1.5hrs to complete.

Summary

Beachcomber Cove track is located within Cape Hillsborough National Park. This ruggedly scenic park includes rainforest, eucalypt forest, beaches, rocky headlands covered in hoop pines, and volcanic rock formations.

The 2.2 kilometre return Beachcomber Cove track starts from the northern end of the Cape Hillsborough picnic area and passes through open eucalypt forest and remnant rainforest with hoop pines, ferns and vines. The track ends at Beachcomber Cove, where walkers can enjoy pleasant views from a lookout on top of the ridge. At low tide, you can return to Cape Hillsborough picnic area along the beach. Near the picnic area, you can often see kangaroos on the beach in the late afternoon. At high tide, you will need to retrace your steps along the track. Check tide times before setting out and allow one and a half hours to complete this walk of a moderate grade.

About the region

Cape Hillsborough is a national park in Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.

The park is 837 km northwest of Brisbane. The park is a peninsula of volcanic origin, covered largely by rainforest; the maximum elevation is 267 m. The cape at the tip of the peninsula was named by Lieutenant James Cook during his first voyage to the Pacific in 1770; the name is in honour of Wills Hill, Earl of Hillsborough who was President of the Board of Trade and Plantations from 1765 to 1765. The nearest major town is Mackay, about 40 km to the southeast.

The park is located within the O’Connell River water catchment area and the Central Mackay Coast bioregion.

On National Parks Day 2010 (Sunday, 28 March 2010) the Queensland State Government announced the addition of 204 hectares to the park.


For more information on this hiking trail, please visit Queensland.com