Halloween fundraiser: progressive dinner in Cardwell, Tuesday 31 October ^
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Our Attractions

The spectacular Kirrama Range Road provides access to Blencoe Falls and the Tablelands from the coast at Kennedy.
Forest Drive is a 26 km scenic drive featuring lookouts, safe swimming holes, and picnic locations. Don't forget our spa pool (check conditions beforehand).

Cardwell Lookout is just minutes from the centre of town along Brasenose Street.

Cardwell foreshore and jetty plaza are a popular attraction with a shared 5 km pathway from Hinchinbrook Harbour to Coral Sea Memorial Park. It's an easy walk or bike ride.

The foreshore is ideal for markets and festivals. Markets are held in the mornings:
  • on the 1st Saturday of each month at the Coral Sea Memorial Park
  • on the 2nd Sunday of each month from May to November at the jetty 
  • at SeaFest during Easter, and 
  • at the annual  UFO Festival  in October.

The rebranded Hinchinbrook Harbour has an all weather public boat ramp, Coast Guard, and plenty of overnight car parking.

Visit Hinchinbrook Island for a day trip or a guided hiking trip.
The Cardwell Country Club has a nine-hole golf course (the best in the area), bowls, club and restaurant facilities.
The Cardwell Art Gallery features the works of local artists.

The Cardwell Bush Telegraph information centre offers visitors a window into Cardwell's history.  Free WiFi across the road at the Library.  And right next door to the info centre is the J.C. Hubinger Museum which gives visitors a look at the early years of Cardwell.

The Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre showcases stories and objects of the ancient rainforest culture.

The Reef & Rainforest Centre has an interpretive display depicting the reef and rainforest environment.
Our Lifestyle
Cardwell is the southern gateway to the Cassowary Coast region and adjacent to Hinchinbrook Island — the largest island national park in Australia.

Cardwell itself:
  • is right on the coast 156 km north of Townsville in Far North Queensland
  • is the oldest established town north of Bowen
  • sits within the Federal Government seat of Kennedy, the State Government seat of Hinchinbrook, and Division 1 of the Cassowary Coast Local Government Area
  • has a temperate coastal tropical climate, ideally suited for southern holidaymakers and is a very popular location for fishing enthusiasts
  • offers a range of essential services, retail facilities, various levels of accommodation, cafes, restaurants and public amenities for residents and visitors
  • provides value employment opportunities in agriculture, aquaculture, aged care, forestry management, and more
  • ​has many clubs and activity groups to suit all ages
  • is adjacent to Girringun National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • is accessible by road, rail, sea and air. Our local aerodrome is the closest to Hinchinbrook Island.  
        We even have parking for more than 70 jet skis.
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Town Map (click to enlarge)