3 ways to turn screen time into family holiday time

1. Jump off the couch and into the water 🌊

You have the option of the beautiful ocean at your door step or our new twin water slide! 💦


2. Walk away from technology and walk our bush trails instead 🌲

Did you know we have FOUR walking trails to choose from?

Andrews Point, Beachcomber Cove, Yuibera Plant Trail and Diversity Boardwalk, p.s. If you walk Andrews point trail aim for low tide and you can walk across to wedge island, but make sure you wear appropriate shoes 👟


3. Put down the phone, pick up mini golf 

Purchase a $5 day pass at reception and help yourselves to mini golf and more at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park!


Rainy Day Activities

When it’s raining some of your camping adventure plans can get dampened. Fear not though, you can still enjoy your camping trip! Below we have collated a number of activities which you and your family can enjoy while the weather is not so sunny (days like today).

  1. Play board games – In the TV and reading lounge we have a number of board game which you can borrow and use during your stay.
  2. Make hot chocolates – Nothing warms you up more than a hot chocolate on a cold rainy day.
  3. Make you way to the Cape Hillsborough Diner – Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee and perhaps a delicious sweet treat. Or you can opt for some lunch available between 10am and 2pm daily.
  4. Tell stories – Reminisce old camping stories and share your experience with other campers.
  5. Play card games – Get your competitive side out and see who the best card player is.
  6. Have a movie marathon – Indulge in all your favourite movies, while you sit back and listen to the rain fall.
  7. Go for a rainy-day stroll once the clouds disappear – everything looks so different during and after rain, see what animals and creatures emerge or what watering holes appear.
  8. Read a good book – In our reading and TV lounge we have a book sharing library, where you can borrow books to read during your stay at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.

Rainy days like these are the perfect opportunity for you and your family to disconnect and reconnect with each other whilst listening and enjoying mother nature.

Tourism Awards

The tourism award season has rolled around once again. And this year Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park has taken the opportunity to enter in both the Mackay and Queensland Tourism Awards for the first time. This is an exciting venture and opportunity to be able to showcase and display our slice of paradise to a number of tourism entities.

The presentation ceremony of the Mackay Tourism awards has recently taken place and we were thrilled to be awarded Gold in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category. It’s not only rewarding but heart-warming to be recognised amongst the top tourism operations in our region.

In the coming weeks the award ceremony for the Queensland Tourism Awards will take place. This is an exciting chance to be able to compete against some of Queensland’s very best caravan and holiday parks. As well as showcase and recognise other organisations and individuals in the tourism sector.

As a part of the Queensland Tourism Awards Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Parks story has been captured by the team at Tourism Tribe in a Media Release which can be found in the following link.

Mackay Region - Tourism Award logo

Our success and nomination in both the Mackay and Queensland Tourism Awards would not be possible without the support of each and every one of our guests. We thank you greatly, and hopefully we can bring home the Queensland GOLD to share with you all.


Summer Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect time of the year to head to the beach and try and beat the Australian summer heat. Although heading to beach is the best part of summer, it is also time to remember and refresh yourself and your family on some summer safety tips. Thus, ensuring your beach experience is remembered for all the right reasons.

10 Summer Safety Tips
  1. Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat, slide on some sunnies, slurp lots of water, seek some shade.
  2. When entering the water wear light clothing, as heavy clothing can affect your ability to swim.
  3. If in doubt, don’t go out. Assess the ocean and your ability to swim before entering the water.
  4. Avoid swimming in the ocean at dusk, dawn or during the night. Only swim in pools if the area is well lit.
  5. Do not consume alcohol and swim or engage in any maritime activity.
  6. Never go fishing or swimming alone, safety in numbers.
  7. Be vigilant when exploring rock pools, sea creatures still inhabit these areas.
  8. Read all the safety signs.
  9. Always enter the water feet first and slowly, as you never know how deep the water is or what could be lurking below.
  10. When visiting the natural environment remember to only take photographs and leave only footprints’, thus ensuring the delicate ecosystem is not disturbed.

Summer is the perfect time of the year to have fun in the sun at the beach. Follow these 10 tips as a guideline to ensuring your holiday experience is a rememberable one.

Summer safety tips have been adapted from: Surf Life Saving Queensland Fact Sheetand Water Safety Handbook 8th Edition.

Bug and Bites

Bugs and Bites, What would camping be without them? Probably more enjoyable or less itchy you may be thinking? Well your probably right.

But if you choose to go camping its one of the factors that you have to be mindful of as we are holidaying in their natural environment. Unfortunately, there is no real cure for these unwanted biting creatures. However, there are a number of things you can do to help prevent the unwanted itchiness.

  1. Sand flies inhabit low lying areas, therefore there first point of attack is the ankles and legs. To avoid an attack, try wearing socks or light coloured, summer clothing as sand flies are attracted to darker colours.
  2. Sand flies don’t like windy areas, try to move around or gather where a breeze is present.
  3. Our unwanted friends are more active at dawn and dusk, keep this in mind if you have a serve reaction.
  4. When camping ensure you secure your fly screens on your tent, swag, camper or caravan as sand flies can quite easily find small gaps.
  5. Use a bug repellent or even try baby oil this creates a layer on the skin which prevents sand flies from being able to penetrate and irritate the skin.

Below we have created a list of repellents and remedies:


  • Baby oil
  • Insect repellent
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Any form of oil body lotion can form a layer of protection.
  • Kelalan Sandfly repellent (available from our shop)


  • Calamine lotion
  • Aloe Vera
  • Kelalan Itch and Bite Relief (available from our shop)

Don’t let the bugs ruin your camping trip, they are all a part of the experience.

Happy Camping!!!

Top 10 Family Activities to do at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Planning your next family trip to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park? Looking for some activities to do during your stay to get the family out and about. Below we have collated some of our favourite things, for you and your family to do on your next trip to Cape Hillsborough!

  1. See the Kangaroos and Wallabies on the beach at sunrise.
  2. Venture the four walking trails, admiring the local wildlife – birds and butterflies.
  3. Try spotting Turtles or Whales during there migration season (Best viewing spot is on the Andrews Walking Trial at Turtle Lookout).
  4. Walk to Wedge Island at low tide and explore the watering holes and the creatures that call these pools home.
  5. Explore the coastline for hidden caves.
  6. Adventure through the National Park finding hidden watering holes and destinations.
  7. Play some beach soccer or cricket with the family.
  8. Go for a swim in the ocean or drop a line and try your luck at fishing.
  9. Get creative and build a cubby house on the beach.
  10. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Cape Hillsborough Diner to refuel to keep exploring the area.

While you are out adventuring and exploring The Cape Hillsborough area, make sure you pack your camera or phone to snap that picture-perfect shot! And don’t forget to share it with us on our social media platforms – Instagram and or Facebook. We love seeing the new places which you explore or discover whilst visiting us here at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park. #capehillsboroughnaturetouristpark 

Pool, children swimming, sun shining through shades
Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park Pool – Phantom Photography

Captivated by Cape Hillsborough with kids

BoyEatsWorld blogger Aleney de Winter and her adorable family absolutely fell in love with our picturesque surrounds and breathtaking sunrises.

You will be wanting to take your next family holiday here with us sooner rather than later after reading this blog post.

Queensland: Captivated by Cape Hillsborough with kids

Sunrise with the Kangaroos at Cape Hil

Picture yourself here with us as did Steven Funkloch, a German journalist blogger who was lucky enough to wake to the suns rays and watch the sunrise alongside our friendly locals – “Man and animal are relaxed and I have perhaps the best sunrise of my life“.

Read more on his recent Cape Hillsborough sunrise experience . . . (ensure to google translate)


Sonnenaufgang mit den Kängurus am Cape Hillsborough

Why Cape Hillsborough needs to be on your Australia Bucket List

Steph a travel addict and founder of Big World Small Pockets stumbled across our beautiful surrounds on a great 4WD adventure around Australia!

Find out what she had to say . . .

Why Cape Hillsborough Needs to be on Your Australia Bucket List