Cape Hillsborough National Park Mackay

A visit to Cape Hillsborough National Park isn't complete without seeing the agile wallabies feeding on the beach. Photo credit: John Atkinson © Queensland Government

About Cape Hillsborough

    Park features

    Diverse habitats are protected in the 1074.85ha Cape Hillsborough National Park, one of the most ruggedly beautiful parks on the Central Queensland coast. Lowland rainforest and vine forest grow along creeks, valleys and hillside gullies. Rocky hills and headlands support open eucalypt forest and a grassy understorey, while patches of low heath survive on exposed slopes. West of the day-use area, a large mangrove community is an important breeding ground for marine animals.

    On the broad beaches, sand bubbler crabs leave intricate patterns at low tide, and many sea creatures shelter in tidal rock pools. Surrounding waters are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

    Large rhyolite boulders scattered over the headlands and beaches are a reminder of volcanic activity millions of years ago, as are volcanic plugs and other striking rock formations found in the park.

    The Yuibera people lived in this area for thousands of years and signs of their special connection to the area are still present. Explorer James Cook named Cape Hillsborough during his voyage along the Queensland coast in 1770.

    Read more about the nature, culture and history of Cape Hillsborough National Park.

    Looking after the park

    • Use a fuel stove or light fires only in an off-ground fire container.
    • Pack sturdy rubbish bags and take all rubbish home with you. Carry a container for cigarette butts.
    • Leave pets at home—you will protect your pet and native animals in the park.
    • Do not feed any native animals. Feeding can make them sick or aggressive.
    • Follow the boating and fishing regulations that apply in the adjoining marine park.

    See the guidelines on caring for parks and forests for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

    Park management

    Cape Hillsborough National Park was first gazetted in 1969. The 1074.85ha park is managed to conserve its landscapes, naturally occurring species and natural ecological processes, and to protect its cultural resources and heritage values. Park management aims to provide a destination for a wide range of nature-based recreation opportunities, managed in a way that maintains natural and cultural values.

    A management plan for Cape Hillsborough National Park which includes, Pioneer Peaks, Mount Ossa, Mount Martin, Reliance Creek and adjoining State waters, was revised in 2011 and remains in force today.

    Protected waters adjoining the park are managed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

    Tourism information links

    Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre
    Sarina Field of Dreams, Sarina QLD 4737
    ph (07) 4944 5888

    For tourism information for all regions in Queensland see Queensland Holidays.