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Cardwell lies in the heart of the Great Green Way driving route, and is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island – the largest Island National Park in Australia. Made up of a diverse range of landscapes, Cardwell is the perfect place to relax or be adventurous. Settled in 1864, Cardwell was the first settlement north of Bowen and is the only town in the world where two world heritage listed areas adjoin. The first being the wet tropics world heritage area, starting north of Townsville and finishing south of Cooktown. And the second – the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park world heritage area. Cardwell offers a range of attractions, site seeing, annual events and historical places to visit. The Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Visitor Information Centre has a magnificent interpretative display capturing all the flora and fauna native to the area.

Staff at the Centre provide expert advice on points of interest, along with information on the region’s history. Cardwell also offers a wide range of accommodation. Cardwell’s Port Hinchinbrook provides a state of the art Marina, public boat ramp and repairs and maintenance facilities for anglers and boaties. It is widely acknowledged that Cardwell is ranked second to none when it comes to all-weather and all-tide boating and fishing in the north. The public boat ramp is free of charge. With 22 islands off the coast and the spectacular Hinchinbrook channel offering 45 kilometres of fully protected boating and fishing- it’s a boaties paradise.

Some of the key attractions of Cardwell is:

  • The Foreshore:  Recently re-opened after extensive cyclone repair work has been carried out, the Cardwell Foreshore, is a perfect place to relax and rewind.
  • The Cardwell Forrest Drive.  The Cardwell Forest Drive is a 26 km scenic drive, starting at the town centre and covering lookouts, fresh water swimming holes and idyllic picnic spots.  Easy to follow signs mark the way and you’ll discover delights such as Cardwell Lookout, Attie Creek Falls, Dead Horse Creek and Spa Pool along the way.  Its beautiful water holes, natural spa pool and picnic facilities provide an enjoyable drive for all with wonderful bird watching and bush walking opportunities.
  • Five Mile Creek Swimming Hole.  7 km south of Cardwell, just a short drive off the highway there is a beautiful swimming hole, picnic and barbecue area.  A favourite spot for the locals.

The Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Visitor Information Ventre is located at:

142 Victoria St, Cardwell

Phone:  07 4066 8601

Opening Hours:

Sunday:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Monday:  9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Tuesday: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Wednesday:  9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Thursday:  9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Friday:  9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday:  10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Public Holidays: 10.00am to 1.00pm


Things To Do

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