Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island

North Queensland
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Simply Incredible!
The walk (32KM) takes you from Lucinda by boat(Absolute North Charters-John: 0419 712 577) and on a magical ride around the western side of the island to the north and then meander through the river systems to your arrival.
The journey starts with your walk on the beach taking in the beautiful colours of the Pacific Ocean and then shortly you depart into the rain forest of the Island. You meander through an array of different conditions, gradients, difficulties and various stunning scenery. There are bays, rocky outcrops, fresh water pools and amazing waterfalls. The trip will take you very comfortably four days to complete but we chose to do it in three(not strained). This hike has everything for everyone. Take your time, breath it in and feel a part of the World Heritage Listed Island/Walk.
There are only 42 people to be on the walk at any given time so book ahead with NPWS to secure your time/ days for the month you wish to walk. I loved it and will be doing it again soon.

Bird Watching
Picnic Facilities
Scrambling or Climbing
Swamp or Wetland

Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk? Absolute North Charters - John: 0419 712 577


Which maps cover the area? Google Maps, QPWS.

Route/Trail notes

A detailed description of the walk! You can walk North to South or South to North. The tracks are signed just enough and are non intrusive on your walk giving you the best feel of walking in nature.


Do you need any permits? What's the cost? QPWS will require you to purchase camping ermits for $8 per day.

Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?


An incredibly beautiful hike. The track is well defined and not particularly difficult (medium to hard) but it is the creatures that make it scary (crocodiles, snakes!). We took 3 nights and 4 days, although an extra night in Zoe Bay would have been really nice because it's stunning. Drinking water was difficult to find in September, particularly on the first day of the trail, up to a 25 minute walk to find it, so recommended taking a large bladder or water bag so you don't have to make so many trips.

Leith on 4 Sep, 2018

Fantastic walk at this time of year. Still a bit warm but the creeks are flowing better and the swamp is a bit more of a challenge.

Spidy on 25 Mar, 2016

Simply amazing!!!!!

Christian on 28 Aug, 2014


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