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Yuibera plant trail

John Atkinson © Queensland Government

Yuibera plant trail

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

Appreciate the Yuibera Aboriginal people’s connection to country along this informative coastal walk.

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Look for splashes of colour the wildflowers provide.
Look for splashes of colour the wildflowers provide. © Mike Griinke
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Park Cape Hillsborough
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The natural abundance of the Cape Hillsborough National Park will astound you.

Signs along the trail highlight the wealth of plants that the Yuibera Aboriginal people used for food and medicine, and describe traditional life in this rich coastal country. Keep an eye out for the remains of an Aboriginal fish trap, and for good views across Sandy Bay.

The trail follows the coast through open woodland and a cool pocket of rainforest, and you can access the beach at several points. Be sure to bring your bathers and your fishing gear.

At a glance

Distance: 1.2km circuit (the same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path).
Time suggested: Allow 40mins walking time.
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Journey type: Walk

Getting there and getting around

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

The trail starts in the Hidden Valley, just over 1km from the southern end of the Cape Hillsborough day-use area.

  • The day-use area is 2.3km from the park entrance.
  • Access to the day-use area is suitable for conventional vehicles.
  • Access to the trail head past the day-use area is for 4WD only. Alternatively you can walk in.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

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

Parking

You can park your car at the small car park at the start of the track. The car park is suitable for cars only.

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

Yuibera plant trail 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 trail. Bring your own water.
  • You can get drinking water from the taps in the Cape Hillsborough day-use area.
  • Treat all water before use.

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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