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

Visiting Cape Hillsborough safely

    Getting there and getting around

    Cape Hillsborough National Park is about 50 km north-west of Mackay by road.

    From Mackay, travel north on the Bruce Highway for 20 km and turn right into Seaforth Road. Travel a further 20 km and turn right into Cape Hillsborough Road. It is then 10 km to the main park entrance.

    From Proserpine, take the Bruce Highway south and travel 79 km to Mount Ossa. Turn left into the partly unsealed Mount Ossa Road and travel 15 km towards Seaforth. Turn right into Seaforth Road then left into Cape Hillsborough Road. Drive another 10 km to the main park entrance. Please note, the Mount Ossa road is not suitable for caravans. Caravan owners travelling from the north should continue to the sealed Seaforth Road, 20 km north of Mackay.

    Please note: a gravel road to Smalleys Beach camping area is signposted about 6 km along Cape Hillsborough Road. Turn here if you are camping at Smalleys Beach or continue along Cape Hillsborough Road to reach the main park entrance, picnic area and walking tracks.

    Wheelchair accessibility

    The Diversity Boardwalk is wheelchair-accessible for the first 300 m.

    Staying safe

    • Sun protection is needed all year. Bring a hat and sunscreen.
    • Bring insect repellent, as sandflies and mosquitoes can be prolific.
    • Wear stinger suits when swimming or wading. Marine stingers are most common from October to May but can occur throughout the year. Check Beachsafe for the latest safety advice.
    • Beware of estuarine crocodiles, be croc wise.
    • Pack a first aid kit and know how to use it.
    • Carry a mobile phone and call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency (try 112 if this fails).

    For more information, please read the guidelines on safety in parks and forests.

    Before you visit

    Essentials to bring

    • hat and sunscreen
    • fuel stove and cooking fuel
    • sturdy rubbish bags
    • toilet paper
    • insect repellent
    • stinger suit if planning to enter the water
    • first-aid kit (including vinegar for box jellyfish).

    Opening hours

    Cape Hillsborough National Park is open 24 hours a day.

    Permits and fees

    Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

    Commercial photography permits may be required if you intend to sell any photographs taken of Cape Hillsborough National Park. Organised event permits may be required for organised group activities that may interfere with general public use. Contact us for further information.


    Domestic animals are not permitted in the park.

    Climate and weather

    Winters are mild (13°C to 25°C) while summers are warm to hot (23°C to 30°C). Expect heavy rain from December to March.

    Fuel and supplies

    Fuel and supplies are available at Mackay and Seaforth.

    • There are currently no park alerts for this park.