Hinchinbrook Island, Cardwell

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Hinchinbrook Island lies east of Cardwell and north of Lucinda, separated from the northern coast of Queensland, Australia by the narrow Hinchinbrook Channel. Hinchinbrook Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and wholly protected within the Hinchinbrook Island National Park, except for a small and abandoned resort. It is the largest island on the Great Barrier Reef. It is also the largest island national park in Australia.
Hinchinbrook Island is made up of late Palaeozoic igneous rocks. The main 16km pluton in the east of the island, the Hinchinbrook Granite, is composed of various hypersolvus granites and intrudes volcanics, granodiorites, and granites. The island and coastal ranges are thought to have been thrust up as blocks with subsidence between them to form the coastal plain with the summit level of the island being an older dissected surface that has been uplifted to approximately 1km or more above sea level. The Hinchinbrook Channel that separates the island from the mainland is considered to be fault controlled.
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  • This is an amazing walk, a must do in my books, just so scenic, everchanging landscape, fantastic photo opportunities, plenty of beautiful fresh water swimming spots and two beautiful waterfalls with ...  more »
  • My Partner and I visited Hinchinbrook Island 13 Jan 2019. We were lucky in that the wet season hadn't hit the area hard and we could go there. We were the only two visitors on the day. It was amazing....  more »

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