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The Diversity boardwalk

John Atkinson © Queensland Government

The Diversity boardwalk

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
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping

Legend

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
No lookouts
Tent camping No tent camping
World Heritage Area

This aptly-named boardwalk meanders through shadowy mangroves, towering eucalypts, cool melaleucas and dense vine thickets.

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Learn about the different plant communities from signs along The Diversity boardwalk.
Learn about the different plant communities from signs along The Diversity boardwalk. John Atkinson © Queensland Government
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Take this journey through an ever-changing landscape of plant communities. Marvel at how these communities are shaped and influenced, and of their importance to the Yuibera Aboriginal people.

As you walk, look for the remains of shell middens along the track edges. The Yuibera people collected shellfish from the mangroves and roasted them over an open fire. After the fleshy insides were eaten, the shells were discarded in large piles, or middens.

Stop along the way to take in the view across Sandy Bay to Andrews Point.

The first 300m of the walk is wheelchair and pram friendly.

At a glance

Distance: 1.2km return (start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 40mins walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

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

The track starts on the right-hand side of Cape Hillsborough Road, about 1km from the park entrance. 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.

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

You can take wheelchairs along the first 300m of this walk.

When to visit

Opening hours

The Diversity boardwalk 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 water provided along this track. Bring your own drinking water.

Walking

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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