Thorsborne Trail
  • Length: 32km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: 55 Victoria St, Cardwell

  • End: 55 Victoria St, Cardwell

  • Closest Town:

  • Location: Hinchinbrook Island National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 1,502 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -18.26692938

  • Longitude: 146.0298443


Thorsborne Trail is a 32km, grade 5 One Way hike located in Hinchinbrook Island National Park Queensland. The hike should take approximately 2 days to complete.


The Thorsborne Trail is a 32 kilometre walking trail within Hinchinbrook Island National Park. Hinchinbrook Island is a rugged, outstanding feature of the north Queensland coast. Its cloud-covered mountains, reaching 1,000 metres, support fragile heath vegetation. Lush rainforest and eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast. Located within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Thorsborne 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, experienced and well-prepared 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. Before setting out, all walkers should obtain a copy of the QPWS Thorsborne Trail guide.

About the region

Hinchinbrook Island National Park is situated along the Cassowary Coast Queensland, Australia. The nearest capital city is Brisbane approxrimately 1240 Lucinda is 135km or 1.5 hours drive north of Townsville being the closest North Queensland provincial city. Cairns a Far North Queensland provincial city is two and a half to 3 hours drive north from Cardwell. The main geographical features in the park are the rugged Hinchinbrook Island, including Mount Bowen.

The Hinchinbrook Island National Park includes 393 km² area of Hinchinbrook Island, being Australia’s largest island National Park. The continental island has a mountainous interior providing diverse refuges for endemic and Endangered Species.

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