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Beachcomber Cove track

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Beachcomber Cove track

Walking No Walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

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Walking No walking
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mountain biking No mountain biking
Horseriding No horseriding
Two-wheel driving No two-wheel driving
Four-wheel driving No four-wheel driving
Trail-bike riding No trail-bike riding
Canoeing & kayaking No canoeing & kayaking
Boating No boating
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

Climb the ridge for spectacular views and then drop down to a gold-flecked beach in a secluded cove.

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Hike to the top of a ridge for views of Beachcomber Cove.
Hike to the top of a ridge for views of Beachcomber Cove. John Atkinson © Queensland Government
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Pack a picnic and your fishing gear, check the tides and head off from the Cape Hillsborough day-use area. Take in glimpses of ocean and mountain views as you climb through forests of hoop pines, ferns and vines. A lookout on the ridge overlooks your secluded destination—Beachcombers Cove.

Spread out your picnic rug under a pandanus on the long sandy beach. The cove is enclosed in steeply-forested slopes and interrupted by Cascade Creek. During the wet season the creek is a raging torrent that roars into the surf. For the rest of the year it sedately crosses the beach on its way to the ocean.

You can walk back to the day-use area along the beach if the tide is low, otherwise retrace your steps up and over the ridge.

At a glance

Distance: 2.2km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 1.5hrs walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

The Beachcomber Cove track is in Cape Hillsborough National Park, 50km north-west of Mackay, on the Central Queensland coast.

The track starts at the northern end of the Cape Hillsborough day-use area, 2.3km from the park entrance on Cape Hillsborough Road. Access is suitable for conventional vehicles.

From Mackay

  • Travel north on the Bruce Highway for 20km and turn right onto Seaforth Road.
  • Travel a further 20km and turn right onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

From Proserpine (without caravan)

  • Travel south on the Bruce Highway for 79km to Mount Ossa.
  • Turn left onto the partly-unsealed Mount Ossa Road and travel 15km towards Seaforth.
  • Turn right onto Seaforth Road then left onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

From Proserpine (with caravan)

  • Travel south on the Bruce Highway for 104km and turn left onto Seaforth Road.
  • Travel a further 20km and turn right onto Cape Hillsborough Road.

Road conditions

  • There are some gravel roads in the park, suitable for 2WD access.
  • See traffic and travel information for road and travel conditions.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Parking

You can park your car at the small car park at the start of the track, or at the Cape Hillsborough day-use area.

Fuel and supplies

Fuel and supplies are available at Mackay and Seaforth.

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

When to visit

Opening hours

Beachcomber Cove track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

Winters are mild (13°C–25°C) while summers are warm to hot (23°C–30°C). Expect heavy rain from December to March.

Permits and fees

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
  • Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Drinking water

  • There is no drinking water provided along this track. Bring your own water.
  • You can get drinking water from the taps in the Cape Hillsborough day-use area.

Walking

  • You can walk some of this track along the beach.
  • You will need to check tide times if planning to walk along the beaches.
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Fishing

Around water

  • The beaches in Cape Hillsborough National Park are unpatrolled and do not have stinger enclosures.
  • Beware of currents and big tides. When the tide is out, it may be quite a walk to the water.
  • Be croc-wise in croc country.
  • Beware marine stingers.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.
Last updated: 22 March 2018
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