Hinchinbrook Island is situated north of Lucinda and east of Cardwell, separated from Queensland, Australia's northern coast by the tight Hinchinbrook Channel. The island is part of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and protected within Hinchinbrook Island National Park, except for a tiny abandoned resort area. Hinchinbrook Island is the largest on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the biggest island national park in Australia with an area of 393 km2 (152 ml2). Its highest point is Mount Bowen 1,121 m (3,678 ft).
Hinchinbrook Island and Hinchinbrook Channel, plus the coastal plain south to Herbert River Delta is an exceptional biogeographical region. Due to conservation efforts the region embraced Nature Tourism i.e. ecotourism. Port Hinchinbrook Marina, located south of Cardwell, provides year round boating access to the Channel, Great Barrier Reef and offshore islands.
Along the east coast of Hinchinbrook Island is the recognised world-wide 32 km (20 miles) long Thorsborne Trail. It was named in honour of Arthur and Margaret Thorsborne, environmental activists.
Marine nature based activities on the island include sailing, sightseeing cruises, outrigger canoeing, snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming. Sea kayaking is practicable east of Hinchinbrook; west, the island is saltwater crocodile habitat. Fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts target the region for mudcrabs, prawns, lobster, benthic, estuarine and pelagic species.
Camping on Hinchinbrook Island is by permit only. Open fires are not permitted. Tourist numbers are restricted in order to preserve biodiversity and limit environmental degradation. Day trip hikers and campers must be aware that saltwater crocodiles are protected species and present in islands' waterways.
Environmental and conservation activists continue to monitor tourist numbers, boat activities, marina dredging activities, coastal canal development, coastal infrastructure development and wilderness values of Hinchinbrook Island National Park.
Highlights: National Park, Rainforest wildlife
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