Hinchinbrook is Australia ‘s largest island national park with an area of 393 sq. km. Surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef the island is rich in aboriginal history and flourishes with thriving rainforests and exotic wildlife. Hinchinbrook Island offers the best of scenic bushwalks and hikes through unspoiled rainforest. The island is laced with palm trees and sandy white beaches perfect for swimming, snorkeling or fishing.
The Hinchinbrook Channel is a dugong protection area, so sightings are possible. Snorkelling and guided Whale watching tours are also available, please ask at the office to find out more.
Lucinda Sugar Jetty
Lucinda is also home to the world’s largest bulk sugar loading jetty, which is 5.76km long. The jetty enables Lucinda to receive the largest ships used in the raw sugar trade. Adjacent to this amazing structure is a small service jetty, popular with anglers who don’t have their own boat.
Built in 1979 the jetty was designed to withstand cyclones and to follow the curvature of the earth, by dipping two meters from the initial horizon over its length. A single conveyor belt runs the entire length of the jetty and back, enabling sugar to travel from the storage sheds on land to ships berthed out at sea in about 25 minutes. Almost 600 tonnes of sugar can be carried by the conveyor belt at any one time. Vessels can load cargoes of up to 25,000 tonnes of raw sugar in less than a day. The berth is capable of accepting vessels with a total carrying capacity of up to 50,000 tonnes. Sugar is supplied to the Lucinda terminal by Victoria and Macknade mills, and the three storage sheds have a total capacity of 231,000 tonnes of raw sugar.
Wallaman Falls are 51km west of Ingham and at 305 meters, the highest single drop waterfall in Australia . During the wet season the rain forest is at its most spectacular, as the native tropical wonders spring into life.
The drive to the falls will take you through sugarcane farms, savannah bush land and cassowary-frequenting rainforest. Once there, a challenging walk will take you to the bottom of the falls where you can swim, or a short walk along Stoney Creek will reveal a lovely swimming spot. Picnic areas are available all along the track.
Broadwater State Forest Park
The Lucinda area is home to some spectacular native scenery, best experienced by a scenic walk or tramp within the natural beauty.
The Broadwater State Park offers a range of awe inspiring flora and fauna, with swimming holes and picnic areas dotted around the park for those well deserved rests.
If your vehicle is capable of off road activity, the extinct volcano, Mt Fox offers a scenic experience not to be missed.
Italian / Australian Festival in Ingham
The Festival whose motto is “Mangiamo, Beviamo and Cantiamo” meaning eat, drink and celebrate runs over three consecutive days in May and includes a bocce competition,
floral art display, Bancarelle street markets, monster raffle, merchandise stall, Pino’s Osteria: global foods and wines, Aussie beer bar, Mamma’s Cucina: Cooking displays and tastings, the great spaghetti eating challenge, music and bands, cultural entertainment parade and an under age disco at the Shire Hall.
The festival is held during October for three weeks and includes an arts and crafts showcase, Gala Ball, spot-the-window competition, best dressed business house, pet parade, fence-painting, cane-carrying, competitions, orchid display, and cycle races. There is a procession on the final day with a fireworks display, food stalls, rides and the crowning of the Maraka Queen.
Lucinda and the surrounding area boasts several diverse cultural dining experiences with restaurants serving Italian, Asian and Australian cuisine. The area is also home to a number of amazing seafood smorgasbords.