The Newry Islands National Park includes Newry, Rabbit, Outer Newry, Acacia, Mausoleum, North Red Cliff, South Red Cliff and Rocky Islands and lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The island group is easily accessible by small boats in most weather conditions from the Victor Creek boat ramp. Protected from south-easterly winds, Newry Island is a popular boating destination. Picnics are popular on Newry, Outer Newry and Rabbit Islands. Picnic tables, shelter and toilets are provided.
A small camping area is located on Rabbit Island. Newry Island features a large open campground very near the beach on the eastern side at the old resort site. You will need to obtain and permit and fees apply. Bookings can be made online (click here) or by phoning 131 304. Advanced bookings are recommended for school holiday periods. Open fires/generators prohibited.
Newry Island was once home to one of the earliest resorts in the area. Wander along the island’s resort trail past the resort ruins and contemplate a bygone era. Allow 40 minutes for the easy 300 metres Resort Trail walk. Wander through open eucalypt forest and dry rainforest as the Island Circuit (2.8km return) loops across Newry Island. Lookouts along the way offer spectacular views of nearby islands and the mainland.
Resort is situated in a National Park and is a very popular holiday destination especially during the winter months and school holidays. Variety of accommodation is available. In the past it has been a popular place to spot a kangaroo. Abundance of bird life and several great walking tracks.
Cape Hillsborough National Park covers 816 ha of rugged coastline featuring broad sandy beaches, rugged coastal landscapes and a wide diversity of plants and animals. The park has a well developed day use facility, numerous walking tracks and a small camping facility at Smalleys Beach.
The waters surrounding Cape Hillsborough National Park are part of the Mackay/Capricorn section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and with one green zone area. Queensland Government Parks and Wildlife Service Visitor Information sheets are available at the Cape Hillsborough Resort which is adjacent to the picnic area.
The day use area located adjacent to the beach at Cape Hillsborough provides picnic facilities including gas BBQs and beach access. The park has several walking tracks:
DIVERSITY BOARDWALK loops through mangrove and coastal woodland communities on the edge of Sand Bay. The 1 hour interpretive walk, which is an easy grade, is located on the right adjacent to the Cape Hillborough Road.
BEACHCOMBER COVE track starts at the northern end of the picnic area. The 1 hour walk provides coastal views and ends at a secluded beach. At low tide, walkers can return to the picnic area via the beach.
ANDREWS POINT walking track starts at the southern end of the beach adjacent to the picnic area. The 2 hour walk which is steep in sections offer spectacular coastal and ocean views.
JUIPERA PLANT trail at HIDDEN VALLEY is a 1 hour self guided trail highlighting native food plants used by the Juipera Aboriginal people. Access is via the gravel road at the southern end of the picnic area.
SMALLEYS BEACH campground provides bush style camping adjacent to Smalleys Beach in the northern section of the park. Access to the camping area is via Smalleys Beach Road. A camping permit is required in the National Park; no bookings are taken, self-registration permits are available at the camp ground.