With the park being hugged by the pristine Cape Hillsborough Beach, there are numerous swimming locations which you or your family can explore and enjoy.
The park overlooks the Hillsborough Channel in the Coral Sea. The beach at Cape Hillsborough is protected by the lower end of the Whitsunday Islands. Popular snorkeling and swimming locations can be found around Wedge Island, Orchid Rock and the foot of Cape Hillsborough. Spectacular soft corals and a wide range of fish, turtles, crustaceans and other sea life can be observed. Swimming in the winter months is delightful. In addition to Casuarina Bay (Cape Hillsborough Beach) there are several local beaches which provide beautiful swimming locations. All which can be discovered during your stay at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.
The official ‘stinger season’ in north Queensland starts in October and runs through to April. There have been no incidents of stings from the Irikandji or Chironex jellyfish at Cape Hillsborough. However, when swimming in the North Queensland ocean, it is advised that protective suits or clothing be worn.
The park pool is open all year, and is recommended for swimming during the summer months. The 23 metre pool offers something for everyone. A shallow area for toddlers to play with a huge mushroom shower and monster worm spray, deeper areas for the more active and great pool side lounges to relax and unwind.
Freshwater swimming hole:
In the wet season you may be lucky enough to see the waters of Cascade Creek flow down a series of falls along the beachcomber cove walking track into a swimming hole. Follow the water that flows from the swimming hole as it emerges from the pandanus palms and trickles across the beach. You have to be lucky to experience this delightful swimming hole as it often lasts only 24 hours after the rains.