Cape Hillsborough National Park Mackay

Learn about the Yuibera Aboriginal people's traditional use of plants on the coastal Yuibera plant trail. 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

Yuibera plant trail

Appreciate the Yuibera Aboriginal people’s connection to country along this informative coastal walk.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
1.2km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
Time suggested
Allow 40mins walking time.
Grade
Easy (walk)
Where
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Accessible by

  • 4WD
  • Bicycle

Journey facilities

  • Walking

The natural abundance of the Cape Hillsborough National Park will astound you.

Signs along the trail highlight the wealth of plants that the Yuibera Aboriginal people used for food and medicine, and describe traditional life in this rich coastal country. Keep an eye out for the remains of an Aboriginal fish trap, and for good views across Sandy Bay.

The trail follows the coast through open woodland and a cool pocket of rainforest, and you can access the beach at several points. Be sure to bring your bathers and your fishing gear.

Getting there and getting around

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

The trail starts in the Hidden Valley, just over 1km from the southern end of the Cape Hillsborough day-use area.

  • The day-use area is 2.3km from the park entrance.
  • Access to the day-use area is suitable for conventional vehicles.
  • Access to the trail head past the day-use area is for 4WD only. Alternatively you can walk in.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

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

Yuibera plant trail 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.