Hinchinbrook Island – Thorsborne Trail – Day 4

Leg: Little Ramsay Bay to Nina Bay
Distance: 3.6 km
Maximum Elevation: 74m
Time taken: 1-2 hrs

Today was almost a rest day as we only had to cover a short distance. It was up late, a wander on the beach and then we packed up and were away by 1030. The travelling was relatively easy to Nina as all our packs were getting light. Vinnie had almost run out of the type of food he liked, so he has having to make hard decisions about what he would and would not eat. Below is the campsite at Nina where we camped under a HUGE tree, again right on the beach.

Beach cricket was enjoyed in the afternoon

using a coconut and a palm frond as a bat. We also had several games of bocce using the plentiful empty coconut shells. It was great to have arrived early and to have the whole afternoon to enjoy the beach and the fantastic scenery.
It was a late night for the Hiking Bloggers as we tried to listen to the Geelong / Collingwood preliminary final. We had taken a small radio and speakers just for this momentus occasion. Unfortunately the reception was awful and we only heard one minute in ten of the broadcast, the tension was huge as the game was very close and we paced up and down Nina Bay with the radio held in the air trying to pick up a Sydney radio station!! We finally heard the result 10 minutes after the game had finished and going to bed that night, knowing Geelong would be in the Grand Final the following Saturday, topped off our last night on the island. Go Cats!

 

Comments

  1. SCOTT says

    NICE SITE ,LOTS OF GOOD TIPS ,ALWAYS LOOKING FOR GOOD LIT E FOOD ANY IDEAS .AND DO YOU LIKE THE GOLITE SERIES OF PACKS

    • Frank says

      Hi Scott,
      Thanks for dropping by the site. Sorry, don’t have any experience with the Golite series of packs. We both have One Planet.

  2. SCOTT says

    THANKS FOR THE PROMPT REPLY . LOVE HINCHENBROOK ISLAND ,AM GOING BACK FOR 3RD TRIP IN AUGUST. LAST YEAR THE WATER WAS SO BAD ,I WAS DRINKIG OUT OF SCUM AND TADPOLE FILLED POOLS ,A LITTLE BLEACH HELPED AND NOT SICK AT ALL WAS VERY SURPRISED,IT WAS LIKE MY OWN ISLAND DIDNT SEE ANY ONE FOR 3 DAYS,TOOK WAY TO MUCH STUFF ,I MEAN WHO NEEDS A SLEEPING BAG IN CAIRNS IN OCT ,THIS TIME NO TENT JUST A MOSSIE NET AND SILK LINER WILL DO ,INSECTS ARER VERY BAD BUT WELL WORTH THE TRIP

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Hinchinbrook Island – Thorsborne Trail – Day 1

Leg: George Point to Sunken Island Reef
Distance: 9.5 km
Maximum Elevation: 120 metres

Following a very early start we were all keen to get on the Thorsborne Trail and start the walk. The group comprised 3 experienced walkers, one who had walked a “few” years ago, a 16yo with 2 walks under his belt and Vinnie, a 10 year old with too much ENERGY and too light a pack.

The picture below is of us landing at Picnic Beach , George Point.


The first section is beach walking and an easy stroll. The weather was excellent and we found it quite hot and sweaty work.

 

The track heads along Mulligan Bay until about 300 metres from the end. The turn off to Mulligan Falls is clearly marked. There are a couple of small river crossings on the beach that required boots off to cross. The Trail then continues through a section of light rainforest, with a steady climb at the end, to Mulligan Falls campsite. This is a very open area with a lot of campsites. It is in the “bush” with the great advantage of being right next to the Falls. We were blown away by the swimming hole and all had a swim before lunch. This was the best swimming hole we had EVER swum in and the water was cool enough to refresh us and incredibly clear and pristine, great swimming!


From here we had decided to push on to Sunken Island Reef campsite. This was because we had heard the rat’s were particularly annoying at Mulligan Falls and we had plenty of time in the day to get some more km’s under our belts. There was another small swimming hole on the way and we all stopped again for a swim as it was quite warm (around 30 degrees C) and the water was just great!

The picture below is looking back towards Mulligan Bay from the climb up to Mulligan Falls

Sunken Island Reef campsite is not the best area on the walk. It is quite a steep “down” to get to the beach from the main track (30 minutes) The track is un-formed and very slippery at times due to loose rock and steep sections. The camp site has a lot of rubbish (either through rubbish being washed up on the beach or junk left around by previous walkers or kayakers)

The water supply, while we were there, was also poor and required a long walk to the end of the beach and then a rocky walk 100 m upstream to get sufficient flow to fill our water containers safely. I am sure following good rain this would improve.

All that being said, the views were great, the beach excellent for a stroll or swim and we did not see or hear any rats.

The picture below is Clare and Sue having an evening stroll along the beach

 

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