Cape Hillsborough National Park

wallabies on beach
Campers watching wallabies in the early morning

Cape Hillsborough National Park and Eungella are both just north of Mackay, which means they are a little too far from Townsville for an easy weekend trip, but both are beautiful and I decided to take advantage of four clear days to visit them last week. I came back (as my regular readers will no doubt have expected) with lots of photos and will spread them across several posts, beginning with these Cape Hillsborough landscapes.

There is a happily low-key camping ground and resort nestled in the coastal scrub behind the beach within the national park – the sort of place that Aussie parents have been taking their kids camping for the last fifty years. Bird life is abundant and Agile Wallabies (Macropus agilis) move freely around the camp-ground and picnic areas; they regularly feed on the beach at dawn, too, although I have no idea what they might be finding there.

wallabies on flat beach
Agile wallabies – what are they eating?
beach and headland
Looking along the beach on a drizzly morning to the northern headland
beach and headland
The northern headland in full daylight
forested hills
Looking inland from the beach in the golden light of late afternoon
rock wall around sand floor
Remains of aboriginal fish trap, Cape Hillsborough National Park. A stone wall links natural outcrops to enclose a large shallow pool which drains at low tide.

A short drive from the camping ground takes the visitor to the remains of an aboriginal fish trap and an indigenous food trail. A boardwalk and walking trail through the mangroves are a similar distance from the resort, on the road to Seaforth.

Also, a walking track to the north of the resort leads over the ridge to Beachcombers Cove and loops back (except at high tide!) to its starting point via the beach. And at low tide it is possible to walk out along the natural causeway, on the horizon in my first two photos, to the island at its end.

Future posts will look at some of these excursions.

3 thoughts on “Cape Hillsborough National Park”

  1. Malcolm
    Cape Hillsborough looks and sounds great. Myself and 2 friends are going down
    on Monday for a few days, only time the three of us can get to-gether. What road would you advise, is the shorter route with the unsealed section be OK for a normal sedan. Also I have been wondering about an Aquarium volunteers visit to Cromarty Wetlands, any contacts, Mark Stoneman? Found your great little Newsy Magazine while searching for the Wetlands. Checking out all the ‘urban birds’ Seems to be a few bower birds around no bowers in my small yard. Would that be right.

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