Cape Hillsborough National Park
Roughly 50 kilometers north of the tropical city of Mackay, lies a
quiet piece of fabulous natural area that forms the Cape
Hillsborough National Park. Containing superb, clean beaches and
some of the most diverse plant and animal life along the coastal region,
Cape Hillsborough is the perfect place to stop and see nature at it's
Cape Hillsborough is a very popular spot for families from Mackay to
go and have a picnic, walk the clean beaches or go on an adventure walk
through some magnificent rainforest with stunning views. Here we showcase
a few of the delights that await the visitor to the Cape Hillsborough
Cape Hillsborough Kangaroos
Sit yourself down at a table for lunch and you will be joined by a
host of Australian
native wildlife. Kookaburras, scrub turkey, kangaroos, all like
to join you and see if you will share. (Please don't feed them as they
are wild animals.) They are among the friendliest bunch of animals you
can find anywhere and you can almost put your hand out to give them
a pat, they are that tame.
To the right is an image of a female wallaby with a Joey in her pouch.
The best times to see the kangaroos is in the mornings on the beach
or in the afternoons when it is cooler. Most mornings they will actually
be on the beach and make great photo opportunities. (Click on the image
for a larger size.)
and beautiful, Cape Hillsborough National Park has several beaches where
you can spend a quiet day relaxing on the sand. The main beach is very
large and you will always find a spot just for yourself. During week
days, you sometimes have the feeling that you are totally alone.
Hillsborough Nature Resort occupies an area at the end of the public
reserve. Camping is only available in the resort, which also has motel
style rooms plus cabin accommodation. There is a cafe where food and
drinks are available to the public.
Accommodation may not be 5 star style, but the management are very
friendly, rooms are clean and comfortable, the pool is fantastic and
the beach is the spot to be every morning to see the kangaroos. Staying
at Cape Hillsborough Resort is highly recommended.
The public picnic area includes shaded tables, free barbecues, toilets
and cold showers.
Smalleys Beach is a deeper beach with a different grain of sand
than that of the main beach. The beach runs right around to Ball Bay.
There is limited camping facilities, toilets and cold showers. You need
to take your own cooking stove as there are no barbecues provided. Town
water is now available at Smalleys Beach.
of the best nature walks is the one at Hidden Valley. Accessible by
4WD vehicle or a 7 km walk. Hidden Valley has a semi permanent waterhole
that was used by the Yuibera people thousands of years ago.
Parks and Wildlife Service has constructed a circular walking track
through the rainforest around the waterhole and erected signage telling
visitors of the flora used by the aborigines for various uses.
The image to the right shows a tree in Hidden Valley that was encased
by a strangler vine. Somehow it has escaped the vines clutches, yet
still bears the scars.
There are nature walks at either end of the public picnic area that
take you on fabulous tracks overlooking the deep blue sea. Please make
sure you wear appropriate walking shoes and take plenty of water as
they are quite steep in places and during hot weather you can easily