The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Hinchinbrook Island

A favourite spot for a cool rest after the climb

View from Thorsborne Trail – Hinchinbrook Island

So many stunning aspects on Hinchinbrook Island remember your camera!

Sometimes we are approached by inquisitive Humpbacks

Note: If you wantONLY Ferry Transfer, head on over to ourPrices, Book & Paypage now.

If your choice is self-drive and you needaccommodation, visit ourLinks and Resourcespage for a great selection

PLB(Personal Life Beacon) also available (Use ourContactpage for PLB enquiries)

Thanks to our association withhelloworld Ingham, we now offer a service where you can bookeverythingyou need for your trip withonecall or email.

Call Rashelle at helloworld Ingham (Phone +61 (0)7 4776 5677) or email[emailprotected]and she will get you sorted for all or any of the above.

Note: If you wantONLY Ferry Transfer, head on over to ourPrices, Book & Paypage now.

If your choice is self-drive and you needaccommodation, visit ourLinks and Resourcespage for a great selection

PLB(Personal Life Beacon) also available (Use ourContactpage for PLB enquiries)

Thanks to our association withhelloworld Ingham, we now offer a service where you can bookeverythingyou need for your trip withonecall or email.

Call Rashelle at helloworld Ingham (Phone +61 (0)7 4776 5677) or email[emailprotected]and she will get you sorted for all or any of the above.

Sometimes we are approached by inquisitive Humpbacks

Zoe Bay is a favoured destination for our visitors

Hiking the legendary Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island

Considering walking the World famousThorsborne Trail?  Famous not because of a destination flooded with travelers but for quite the opposite. The regulated number of trail walkers gives you the chance to connect with and appreciate the raw beauty of a tropical island regarded by many as one of Australias premier walks!  The iconic Thorsborne Trail on HinchinbrookIsland traverses an incredible diversity of terrains and ecosystems; from rugged tropical ranges, waterfalls, rainforest, rocky shorelines, open woodlands and stunning beaches.There is no infrastructure except food boxes and toilets for your convenience at the campsites.It is Nature at its best!We are a ferry business that operatesto both the Northern and Southern access points of theThorsborne Trailfrom Cardwell and Lucinda.

This is the ONLY app for hikers either walking or thinking of walking the iconic Thorsborne Trail.

Department track notes – Tide charts – GPS tracking – Water sources – Tidal creek crossings.  And many other features.

Click Here to open the Parks Permits area. Opens in a new tab so you can refer back here for further instructions

Ignore the first row, and go to Select park.  Tip: type hinc into the field and you can easily select

Scroll down and click on the Green Button that says

A popup will appear showing 3-14 days depending on your device, starting with the date you selected. Find your preferred dates that are available, or change the date and hit the search button.  Proceed to booking when you find your dates.

We transfer you to or from either the Northern (Ramsay Bay) or Southern End (George Point) of the Thorsborne Trail. We will pick up and deliver from/to Lucinda. You may prefer to use us for your northern transfer at the start because you can leave your vehicle in Lucinda. (We are the first ferry service to implement the more scenic, convenient and cost-effective transfer from Lucinda for Thorsborne Trail walkers).

Please note: We do transfer from Cardwell and return to Cardwell also.

Start and finish at peaceful, scenic Lucinda with secure parking and choice of accommodation.

HIKING the Thorsborne Trail is considered one of Australias best. Stunning beauty, Terrain varies from pristine beach to rocky mountain, deep forest, and tidal creeks. Completely natural.

CAMPING The most beautiful of all Australias islands. Our favourite place in the whole world, a place that has been part of our consciousness forever and a place you should not miss while in Australia.

We are permitted to transfer day visitors to three separate locations. All transfers depart Cardwell or Lucinda and are weather dependent. Your safety is our priority. Check out the destinations available.

This adventure was the highlight of our trip. John went above and beyond in his service and personal dedication to ensuring we had an amazing time. He is a wealth of knowledge about the area and also very passionate about wildlife.

We loved our time with him and were blown away by the beauty of the island. Couldnt recommendAbsolute north chartershighly enough. Great local experience. Thanks for an incredible time Matt and Steph

We just want to say a big thank to you and your staff.

The information you provided before our trip to Hinchinbrook Island was spot on.

We thank you for your knowledge and insight into the Island and your dedication to your clients when walking the Thorsborne Trail.

We shall return to continue our adventure

An adventure hike is by definition sure to turn up the unexpected. When you are completely relying on your own resources, preparation is key. And as every location is different, its LOCAL KNOWLEDGE that will help make you more comfortable, and ensure a happy hike.

Skipper John is the man with the local knowledge. Hes lived here all his life, knows the island like the back of his hand, and freely imparts his vast store of useful insights to his clients.

Go with Skipper John a man who takes seriously his duty of care while you are on the island really the only safe choice.

byRobert De RooyJanuary 3, 2019Hikers Blog21 Comments

We have just completed our 6th hike of the 32km Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island. This is something we have done each year since 2010 and will continue to do as we all live only about 2.5 hours drive from Cardwell.

This year John, the owner of Absolute North Charters, asked if we could write a guide to help other hikers better prepare themselves for what lay ahead of them walking the trail. Most information on the web is from hikers who have walked the Thorsborne Trail once only, our information is from 6 consecutive years of hiking the island.

bySarah Rich BrownAugust 31, 2017Hikers Blog0 Comments

Our gratitude goes to Sarah and Rich Brown from for permission to repost their June 2017 series of articles. – John This diary is one part of a 5 part information guide/review/blog in walking the Thorsborne trail on Hinchinbrook island. I…

HINCHINBROOK ISLAND Thorsborne Trail Logistics

byJohnFebruary 18, 2017Skipper Johns Blog0 Comments

We have been getting a lot of enquiries from HIKERS/BUSHWALKERS about actually getting to HINCHINBROOK ISLAND to HIKE the THORSBORNE TRAIL from major cities around the country.

With that in mind, we think it would be beneficial to all potential HIKERS to try to fill in the gaps concerning airports, shuttle bus services and FERRY SERVICES that exist to help.

byJohnFebruary 12, 2017Skipper Johns Blog2 Comments

Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook: Ferry Booking. Hi All, I have been surfing the Internet for a while today looking to find out what kind of information is out there for bushwalkers doing Hinchinbrooks Thorsborne trail. I have discovered that there is some wrong…

byJohnMarch 5, 2017Essential InformationSkipper Johns Blog0 Comments

Hinchinbrook Island The status of National Park given to Hinchinbrook Island has been in effect since 1932 as it was recognised very early as a place of rare beauty and irreplaceable importance in the dynamics of our natural world.  Moreover, Hinchinbrook offers a…

byStephen CuttingJanuary 24, 2017Hikers Blog0 Comments

Hiking The track up to the Cradle Mountain Plateau in Tasmania is a bit tough. There is a short section of almost vertical climbing over rocky terrain.  There is even a chain embedded in the rock to help.  Of course, adding a 20kg back does make it a bit more…

byJohnJanuary 5, 2017Essential InformationSkipper Johns Blog0 Comments

More than a dozen small bites of essential Thorsborne Trail information that can make the difference between a smooth enjoyable hike and an uncomfortable one.