Cape Hillsborough National Park Mackay

Enjoy sweeping coastal views from the Andrews Point track. Photo credit: John Atkinson © Queensland Government

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

Andrews Point track

Breathtaking ocean, island and coastal views are well worth the climb on this visually-rewarding walk.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
5.2km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 2hrs walking time.
Grade
Difficult (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Boat
  • Bicycle
  • Canoe or kayak

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural and constructed)
  • Walking

From the beach, climb through cool rainforest and along exposed ridgelines to a series of lookouts and vantage points with breathtaking views.

Islands—Brampton, Saint Bees, Keswick, Wedge and others—are scattered across the blue ocean, and long sandy beaches line the shores, beckoning to be explored. If you arrive at the beach when the tide is falling, you can cross the causeway to Wedge Island.

Scour the ocean for turtles at Turtle Point lookout. They’re often seen feeding in the clear water below.

When it’s time to head home, return the way you came or wander back along the beach if the tide is low to shorten the walk to 2.8km (allow 1.5hrs walking time).

Getting there and getting around

The Andrews Point track is in Cape Hillsborough National Park, 50km north-west of Mackay, on the Central Queensland coast.

The track starts 300m along the beach, to the east of the boat ramp in the Cape Hillsborough day-use area.

  • The day-use area is 2.3km from the park entrance, on Cape Hillsborough Road.
  • Access is suitable for conventional vehicles.

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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Andrews Point track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Cape Hillsborough safely and Walk with care.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.