Cape Hillsborough National Park Mackay

Marvel at the diversity of plant communities along The Diversity boardwalk. 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

The Diversity boardwalk

This aptly-named boardwalk meanders through shadowy mangroves, towering eucalypts, cool melaleucas and dense vine thickets.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
1.2km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 40mins walking time.
Grade
Easy (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • Conventional vehicle
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
  • Walking

Take this journey through an ever-changing landscape of plant communities. Marvel at how these communities are shaped and influenced, and of their importance to the Yuibera Aboriginal people.

As you walk, look for the remains of shell middens along the track edges. The Yuibera people collected shellfish from the mangroves and roasted them over an open fire. After the fleshy insides were eaten, the shells were discarded in large piles, or middens.

Stop along the way to take in the view across Sandy Bay to Andrews Point.

The first 300m of the walk is wheelchair and pram friendly.

Getting there and getting around

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

The track starts on the right-hand side of Cape Hillsborough Road, about 1km from the park entrance. 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

You can take wheelchairs along the first 300m of this walk.

Before you visit

Opening hours

The Diversity boardwalk 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.