Thorsborne Trail
  • Length: 32km

  • Duration: 2 days

  • Grade: 5

  • Style: One Way

  • Start: 55 Victoria St, Cardwell

  • End: 55 Victoria St, Cardwell

  • Location: Hinchinbrook Island National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 1,502 km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -18.26692938

  • Longitude: 146.0298443

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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.

Hike Summary

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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  • A safe crossing height is 2.3 metres on the tide chart. It doesn't have to be low tide for you to cross.
  • 2.3 metres will have water up to your knees and it will be about 20 metres wide.
  • Cross it just behind the wave break, the surf builds a little bridge there.
  • Some people suggest crossing the day before but this may diminish your experience because staying at George Point on your last night is really a last resort.

This can be subject to which port you leave from.

  • If you leave from Lucinda, then your return transfer is 10 minutes from George Point and getting into Lucinda is not an issue with tide.
  • If you leave from Cardwell, your return journey is 1 hour and 15 minutes from George Point and getting back into Cardwell is an issue with the tide.

Depart Mulligan falls at 6am so you get to mulligan creek at about 7 am. In the winter months, it’s still dark at 6am and there is no need to go to extremes.

5 thoughts on “Thorsborne Trail (32km)

  1. Agree that this trail can’t be recommended highly enough! Also would recommend the really useful ‘Thorsborne Trail’ app (including an invaluable ‘live’ GPS map), which is well worth downloading before your hike. The app offers loads of features and information, works both online and off-line, and was researched and developed by John, a highly knowledgeable local who provides boat transport to and from the island. It’s the only trail guide you’ll need and will answer almost any question you may have.

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