Cape Hillsborough is one of the most scenic mainland locations on
the central Queensland coast; it features rock-strewn, sandy beaches,
hoop pine-dotted hillsides plunging towards the sea, subtropical
rainforest and mangrove-fringed wetlands. But what visitors like best
is the rare treat of viewing wallabies on the beach around sunrise or
late evenings. They go down to the water's edge to nibble seed pods
that have been washed up onto the beach overnight.
Where is it?: Cape Hillsborough National Park is about 50km north-west of Mackay by road.
Cape Hillsborough National Park is also home to a colony of 150 –
200 ghost bats, one of four colonies identified in Queensland. They
occupy at least three caves in the park during winter. Also observed at
Cape Hillsborough is approximately 22 Mammals, 25 Reptiles and 8
Eastern Grey Kangaroos and many types of Wallabies live in the park.
The most common wallaby is the Agile (Sandy) Wallaby and Whip-Tail
(Pretty face) Wallaby. The shy Brush-Tail Rock Wallaby can sometimes be
seen in November on the far side of the causeway and beach.
The attractive beach is backed by a small parkland area featuring a
picnic area and facilities. This is also where the Cape Hillsborough
Resort is located, which offers budget to mid-range accommodation and
facilities. Further camping facilities can be found at Smalleys Beach
within the National Park. Camping spaces and water are limited, so you
must register with the National Park before camping. There is also a
small shop where you can buy food and groceries..
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A popular walk is out to Wedge Island via the Andrews Point walking
trail, however, this can only be done at low tide. A recent addition to
the Park is the Environmental Walk that starts about 500 metres inland
from the picnic area. This 1.2 kilometre track is a self-guided walk
along a boardwalk and through mangroves. It incorporates four elements
of diversity - wildlife, genetics, community and culture.
Smalley's Beach: situated approximately 35 km north of Mackay, this
secluded beach is located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and
offers limited camping sites. Facilities include toilets, and small
secluded sites. Water must be brought with you. Camping is by self