Thinking of hiking the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island?
Looking for a tropical hike with beautiful scenery, fantastic swimming and beautiful beaches?
Want to enjoy a fantastic wilderness hike on a World Heritage Island?
If you want to hike out rather than be taken to hospital by chopper then DON’T climb the waterfalls, just enjoy the beautiful swimming holes at the base of them.
Swimming in these fresh water holes is one of the highlights of the Thorsborne Trail – we loved it!
Hinchinbrook Island is a rugged, outstanding feature of the north Queensland coast between Townsville and Cairns. Its cloud-covered mountains, reaching 1000m, support fragile heath vegetation. Patches of lush rainforest and extensive eucalypt forest descend to a mangrove-fringed channel in the west with sweeping bays and rocky headlands along the east coast.
Protected since 1932, Hinchinbrook is one of Australia’s largest island national parks (39,900ha). The island is within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and is separated from the mainland by the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel.
The 32km Thorsborne Trail, along Hinchinbrook Island’s east coast, is named after the late Arthur Thorsborne. Arthur and his wife, Margaret, shared a lifelong interest in nature conservation that included monitoring pied (Torresian) imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolor), which migrate to nest on local islands in summer. Environment & Resource Management – Qld Government
Yet another visitor to Hinchinbrook Island fell 50 metres (approx 150 foot) down Mulligan Falls and was rescued by his mates before he drowned in the swimming hole pictured above.
When we were there hiking the Thorsborne Trail a couple of years ago there was plenty of signage and warnings about climbing up waterfalls, guess some people just don’t take notice.
For more information on hiking the Thorsborne Trail this is the link to the official site or check out our posts listed below, we had a blast!