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Yuibera Yuwi Trail

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740

Rock-strewn, sandy beaches and hoop pine-dotted hillsides that plunge towards the sea contrast with sub-tropical rainforest and mangrove-fringed wetlands, making Cape Hillsborough one of the most scenic national parks along the Central Queensland coast. The Yuibera Trail is a self-guiding trail highlighting the coastal way of life of the Yuibera Aboriginal people. The Yuibera people lived in this area for thousands of years and have left behind reminders of their special connection to the Cape.

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Mount Elliot, Bowling Green Bay National Park

Aligator Creek Road, Alligator Creek QLD 4740

Rugged mountains rise abruptly from the wetlands, saltpans and mangroves of the coastal plain, south of Townsville, in the Mount Eliot section of Bowling Green Bay National Park. Mount Elliot reaches a height of 1,210 metres, jutting out of the surrounding coastal plain and dominating the landscape, and Alligator Creek descends in a series of cascades, deep pools and waterfalls. The park's wetlands are an important habitat for migratory wading birds. Camp amongst the gum trees at Alligator Creek camping area. Go birdwatching near the wetlands. Look for wallabies in the later afternoon and spotlight for possums around the camping area at night. Enjoy a short stroll along the boardwalk through riparian vegetation to the creek or tackle the 17 kilometre return Alligator Falls track. Have a picnic by the picturesque Alligator Creek. Take care near the creek as water levels can rise rapidly.

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Diversity Boardwalk

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Mount Ossa Road, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740

This track meanders through melaleuca woodland, a mangrove community, open eucalypt forest and vine thicket. Appreciate the diverse plant communities and their unique wildlife. This walk also highlights the importance of such diversity for the Yuibera people and their culture. The first 300 metres of the walk is accessible to wheelchairs.

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Jack Brown Lions Park

Goldring Street, Richmond QLD 4740

When travelling the Overlanders Way, between Townsville and Mount Isa, the Jack Brown Lions Park at Richmond presents itself as a halfway stopover with a difference. Beautiful shade trees and lush green lawns make it the ideal break for travellers. Good clean toilet facilities are available, along with picnic tables and ample parking especially for caravans. Here you can see Moon Rocks of all shapes and sizes and reflect at the war memorial.

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Richmond War Memorial

Flinders Highway, Jack Brown Lions Park, Richmond QLD 4740

ANZAC ceremonies invariably close with the words 'Lest we forget'. In the outback town of Richmond, a memorial to those who fought in WWI was dedicated on 25 April 2001. The Richmond war memorial is a unique monument: a steel crucifix stands supported by three stylised rifles, marking the graves of three ANZAC soldiers who died in the bloodiest of WWI battles, at the Somme in France during 1916. About 1 million soldiers, British, Australian, French and German, died during five months of battle over 12 kilometres of ground. Australia's loss of 60,000 young men throughout the Great War led to an unprecedented outpouring of grief, the birth of the ANZAC tradition of mateship, loyalty and courage, and the emergence of public monuments honouring the volunteer recruits who went to fight for the British Empire. Richmond's memorial includes rolls of honour for individuals from the region who served and died in WWI and subsequent international conflicts. Jack Browns Lions Park is also home to a memorial to Lieutenant Colonel Henty William Murray VC, described as the most decorated infantry soldier of the British Empire during WWI. He lived at Glenlyon Station, Richmond from 1928 until his death in 1966.

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Kronosaurus Korner

91-93 Goldring Street, Overlander's Way, Richmond QLD 4740

Richmond is home to the Award winning Kronosaurus Korner. Inside Kronosaurus Korner you'll find the only centre in Australia primarily dedicated to displaying marine reptiles, as well as a very special dinosaur. Minmi, with impressions of its fossilised skin, is considered to be Australia's best-preserved dinosaur skeleton. The Richmond Pliosaur here is Australia's best vertebrate fossil, and one of the world's best skeleton fossils. The centre is home to over 400 fossil specimens dating back to the Cretaceous Period, 98 - 114 million years ago, when Richmond was part of the inland sea. Don't miss the themed theatrette and hand-held audio guides which are available for self-paced and self-guided tours. If you find that you're infected with fossil fever after visiting Kronosaurus Korner, grab a map to guide you through the region's designated fossicking site. The friendly staff will be happy to identify your finds. Relax in the Moon Rock Cafe and enjoy a meal or light refreshment and buy a souvenir to remind you of your visit. Kronosaurus Korner has to be seen to be believed!

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Lake Fred Tritton

Gallaghers Drive, Richmond QLD 4740

Lake Fred Tritton is conveniently located at the edge of Richmond. With a 1.2 kilometre circumference and a maximum depth of eight metres, the lake allows visitors and locals the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of water sports. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish including: barramundi, gulf grunter, sleepy cod, spangled perch, yellow fin, freshwater prawns and redclaw crayfish - making it an ideal stopover during the long journey to the Gulf. So why not break the drive, spend a night or two, and wet your line at Lake Fred Tritton.

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Hibiscus Coast

Yakapari Seaforth Road, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
Waking to greet the spectacular ocean sunrise is the best way to become truly immersed in the ruggedly natural paradise of the Hibiscus Coast. 20 kilometres north of Mackay lies the Hibiscus Coast which includes the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough. This is the perfect place to find a quiet beach or picnic table and enjoy the sounds of nature. Cape Hillsborough National Park is where the rainforest meets the coastal water of the Coral Sea, with a beautiful beach shared with the local wallabies, scenic nature walks and spectacular views. The Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort offers beachside accommodation and facilities. At low tide you can walk from the Cape Hillsborough beach to the Wedge Island Reef via a causeway. Wedge Island is fringed with nearby coral, a popular snorkelling destination. Just remember to return before the tide starts coming in as the causeway will recede underwater. Camp on a remote island in Newry Islands National Park. Launch your boat from the Victor Creek boat ramp. Abandoned resort ruins are located near the camp site on Newry Island.
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Smalleys Beach

Smalley's Beach Road, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
Smalleys Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites. Facilities include toilets, and small secluded sites. Water must be brought with you. Camping is by self registration. A gravel road can be accessed from Cape Hillsborough Road to Smalleys Beach to camping sites. Camping sites have great access to the picturesque beach and walking trails.
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Cape Hillsborough National Park

Mount Ossa Road, Cape Hillsborough National Park, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
At Cape Hillsborough National Park, rainforest literally meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, providing unique habitats for plants and animals. Rugged, rainforest-clad hills plunge to rocky headlands of rhyolite boulders. Created by volcanic activity, the boulders separate white sandy beaches in this scenic and peaceful park. Watch the sunrise on the beach and meet friendly wallabies as they search for treats that the ocean washed up overnight. This is the perfect opportunity to get beautiful photos of the sunrise over the national park and get up close to these playful creatures. Learn about the history of the park and the Yuibera (Yuwi) Aboriginal people who continue their traditional use of the rich natural resources found here. The 1.2 kilometre Yuibera trail illustrates traditional coastal life. Observe more than 150 species of birds and 25 species of tropical butterflies and along the award-winning Diversity boardwalk, see shell middens from Yuibera feasts. Camping, cabins and motel rooms are available at the nearby tourist park and national park camping at Smalleys Beach
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Wallabies on the Beach at Cape Hillsborough

Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
Cape Hillsborough National Park, approximately 45 minutes north of Mackay, is where you'll find rainforest meets the shoreline, volcanic headlands, eucalypt forests home to koalas and kookaburras and prehistoric rock formations. Cape Hillsborough Beach, also know as Casuarina Beach, provides one of the most iconic Australian photo backdrops, the 'Roo on the beach' at sunrise. Wallabies and kangaroos scour the morning tide for mangrove seed pods, seaweed and coral sand dollars. Enjoy the sunrise as wild marsupials bound up and down the beach. Remember however, that these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Please do not feed the kangaroos and wallabies and ensure to keep a safe distance at all times.
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Mycow Accommodation Mackay

106 Main Street, Bakers Creek QLD 4740
Relax and enjoy the peace and comfort of your own private room or water front caravan site. The park is ideally located on the south side of Mackay, only 10 minutes from Central Business District, five minutes to the airport and five minutes to Paget (Mackay's industrial precinct). The camp kitchen, central bathroom and 24 hour laundromat have undergone extensive renovations and are of a very high standard. Bakers Creek has a reputation for good fishing and is located adjacent to the Black Springs Golf Course, for those who enjoy a hit on weekends. With short term and long term options available, they have a solution to fit your requirements. Rooms are fully equipped with linen, furniture, cooking facilities and cooking equipment. Free wi-fi (Mackay), power, gas and water are included in rent. Enjoy a hassle free stay in a relaxing environment, while they take care of all maintenance and general cleaning....
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Diversity Boardwalk

Cape Hillsborough National Park, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
Meander through Melaleuca woodland, a mangrove community, open eucalypt forest and vine thicket. The diversity of the unique flora that forms to create the natural paradise of Cape Hillsborough National Park is represented along the popular Diversity Boardwalk. This trail illustrates the way the Yuibera Aboriginal people used the park's native plants for survival. Large rhyolite boulders scattered over the headlands and beaches of this naturally breathtaking area are a reminder of volcanic activity millions of years ago, as are volcanic plugs and other unique rock formations found in the park. The first 300 metres of the Diversity Boardwalk is accessible to wheelchairs. The complete trail is a 1.2 kilometre return journey and takes 40 minutes to complete, allowing time to appreciate the natural beauty of the walk. Butterfly lovers will enjoy this walk as different breeds of butterfly can be seen year-round. ...

Smalleys Beach

Smalley's Beach Road, Cape Hillsborough QLD 4740
Smalleys Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites. Facilities include toilets, and small secluded sites. Water must be brought with you. Camping is by self registration. A gravel road can be accessed from Cape Hillsborough Road to Smalleys Beach to camping sites. Camping sites have great access to the picturesque beach and walking trails....