Cardwell Rainforest & Reef Visitor Information Centre

Cardwell by the Sea - memories to last a lifetime

Situated midway between Townsville and Cairns, Cardwell comes as a most pleasant surprise as the highway emerges right beside the sea, with magnificent views out to Hinchinbrook Island - the world's largest island National Park, with a jagged chain of mountains forming its backbone.
 
Cardwell is the gateway to the Hinchinbrook experience of untamed wilderness, superb beaches, deserted islands, coral reefs and what is without doubt, the best boating, fishing and wilderness locality along the North Queensland coast.
 
Hinchinbrook Passage is an idylic part of the world for fishing, a maze of mangrove-lined creeks teeming with fish such as barramundi and mangrove jack not to mention the abundance of oversized mud crabs.  Charter operators and guided cruises to Hinchinbrook Channel and Hinchinbrook Island operate daily or on demand and there are also boats for hire for those wishing to go it alone.
 
Cardwell is steeped in rich history and glorious scenery where two the world heritage areas meet - The Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics.  It is the perfect destination to linger longer.


Bruce Hwy, Cardwell (midway between Cairns and Townsville)

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