Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park – A Truly Unique Place

Sunrise with the Kangaroos and Wallabies at Cape Hillsborough is a Hero experience and widely considered a ‘must see’ for anybody visiting the Mackay Region. Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is in a unique position to be able to offer its guests an unforgettable experience, with everything from gentle strolls along the shore line, to more challenging bush walks and of course the spectacular sunrises on the beach with our wildlife. 

With a strong family focus, we aim to give every guest the most memorable experience possible. Many of our guests first came here as children themselves, and are now bringing their children, and even their grandchildren. It’s here that memories are made, family traditions upheld, and friendships begun.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is more than just a holiday destination – it’s a story waiting to be told.

Cape Hillsborough was formed over 30 million years ago, and is the starting point of the Cosgrove volcano chain, the longest chain of volcanoes in the world at three times the length of Yellowstone in the United States. Remnants of these long extinct volcanoes contribute to the rugged landscape waiting to be explored by our guests. 

The four well maintained walking trails easily accessible from the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park take guests through 10 distinct types of vegetation communities, from Mangrove and Salt Pan groves, to Hoop Pine forests and Paperbark woodlands. Along the way, guests will see hundreds of different forms of vegetation, the view gradually changing as you walk from one community to the next. Each of these walks, suitable for most ages and fitness levels, holds its own unique charm, with new experiences around each corner. Andrews Point, for example has stunning lookouts over the ocean, while walking the Yuibera Plant Trail will showcase the area’s rich cultural heritage. 

And then there is our spectacular wildlife. From the famous Eastern Grey Kangaroos and Agile Wallabies, to bright, tiny fireflies, visitors to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park can see them all during their stay. One of the most unique features of our park is the fact that many species of local wildlife appear withing the Tourist Park and interact passively with our guests, going about their daily business with little interest in humans. These include 22 species of mammals, 25 different reptiles, and around 8 amphibian species. Marine turtles also visit the area, and there are an abundance of fish and other marine life, thanks to the Tourist Parks Net Free Zone. The trees and skies of the Tourist Park abound with around 25 butterfly species and over 135 types of birds. 

A stay at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a truly memorable experience – and a fantastic way to showcase this jewel in the crown of the Mackay Region. 

Come join us soon and let our story become part of you story. 

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Wildlife of Cape Hillsborough

In each habitat, many animals may be encountered. From the barnacle-encrusted rocks of Wedge Island, to the vine strewn rainforests of Hidden Valley, there is quite a change in fauna. 

Along the foreshore, the wildlife may be difficult to see. Some, like the Brittle Stars, live under rocks while others, such as Barnacles, shelter within a hard skeleton. On the beach, look for Sand Dollars, small flat sea urchins that leave a trail as they move through the sand. Also seen are the Sand Baller and Ghost Crabs. A moonlight stroll along the beach is always delightful to see these crabs scurrying around in search of food.

In the forest, the first animal you will probably see is the Australian Scrub Turkey (also known as the Brush Turkey or Bush Turkey). These are large black birds with a reed head and yellow collar. These birds are usually found strutting around the Tourist Park and picnic area. They are related to the Jungle Fowl which is also found in the park.

Many other birds live at Cape Hillsborough. Some are migratory and visit only for a few months of the year. Early morning is the best time to observe birds. More than 136 species of birds have so far been identified in the National Park.

Cape Hillsborough National Park is also home to a colony of 150-200 Ghost Bats, one of four colonies identified in Queensland. They occupy at least three caves in the park during winter. Also observed at Cape Hillsborough are approximately 22 mammals, 25 reptiles, and 8 amphibians.

The Eastern Grey Kangaroos and the many types of Wallabies found in the park belong to a type of mammal called Macropods. The most common wallaby is the Agile (Sandy) Wallaby and Whip-Tail (Pretty face) Wallaby. The shy Brush Tail Rock Wallaby can sometimes be seen in November on the far side of the beach. Cape Hillsborough is very unique as visitors are given a rare treat of viewing kangaroos and wallabies on the beach most mornings. It is believed they go down to the beach to enjoy nibbling the seedpods which wash up onto the beach. 

There are approximately 25 species of butterflies within Cape Hillsborough National Park including the magnificent Ulysses or Mountain Blue. Butterflies such as the Blue Tiger also live at Cape Hillsborough and can be seen in large numbers during winter. 


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Top 10 items to bring camping for a great weekend away

Coming to Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park to camp?

Here’s THE TOP 10 items you’ll want to bring for a great weekend away β›Ί

1. Blankets & pillows πŸ› Bring them to reception and get cozy while we screen a movie on our outdoor cinema 

2. Sunscreen β˜€ SLIP SLOP SLAP (Available for purchase at reception) 

3. Insect repellent πŸœ (Available for purchase at reception)

4. Togs and towel πŸŒŠ For when you go to the beach, fishing or using our new twin water slides  

5. Torch πŸ”¦  we suggest bringing a torch or head lamp for early wake ups or late nights 

6. Fold out camp chair/s πŸ’Ί

7. Camera πŸ“Έ Make sure you tag us in your photos on Facebook and Instagram

8. Food and drinks πŸ₯–πŸ· (Available for purchase from our Diner

9. Fridge or Esky (Ice available for purchase at reception)

10. Good pair of shoes for hikes and adventuring πŸ‘Ÿ Appropriate footwear is needed if you decide to adventure to Orchid Rock, make sure you aim for low tide or come see us at reception for more adventure tips πŸ™‚ 

What’s the 1 thing you never forget to take camping with you?β›Ί

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3 ways to turn screen time into family holiday time


1. Jump off the couch and into the water πŸŒŠ

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


2. Walk away from technology and walk our bush trails instead πŸŒ²

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 πŸ‘Ÿ


3. Put down the phone, pick up mini golf β›³

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


3 ways to turn screen time into family holiday time



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 slowly feet first. 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 Sheet  and Water Safety Handbook 8th Edition.