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Cape Hillsborough day-use area

John Atkinson © Queensland Government

Cape Hillsborough day-use area

Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Electric/gas barbecues No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring

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Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (flush) No toilets
Electric/gas barbecues No barbecues
No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area
While away the day in this tranquil picnic area, flanked by a pristine sandy beach and boulder-strewn slopes.
You'll find shaded picnic tables and easy access to the beach at Cape Hillsborough day-use area.
You'll find shaded picnic tables and easy access to the beach at Cape Hillsborough day-use area. John Atkinson © Queensland Government
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Park Cape Hillsborough
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Stretch out on the grass under the trees and drift away to the gentle sounds of the waves rolling up the beach.

Cook your lunch on the BBQ before heading off on one of the many walks—The Diversity boardwalk, Andrews Point track, Beachcomber Cove track and Yuibera plant trail can all be reached from here.

Paddle, dive and snorkel, fish and boat off the beach, and around nearby Wedge Island.

Explore the rock pools at low tide and marvel at the intricate patterns made by sand bubbler crabs on the broad beach. In the late afternoon, sit back and watch as agile wallabies come to the beach, shrouded in a sky awash with sunset colours.

At a glance

Getting there and getting around

The Cape Hillsborough day-use area is in Cape Hillsborough National Park, 50km north-west of Mackay, on the Central Queensland coast.

The day-use area is located 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 day-use area car park.

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

Cape Hillsborough day-use area 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.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed.
  • We recommend you bring a gas or fuel stove.

Rubbish

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

Drinking water

  • You can get drinking water from the taps in the day-use area.
  • Treat all water before use.

Walking

  • 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.

Boating and 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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