Hinchinbrook Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

Start your Thorsborne Trail hike from George Point day-use area. Photo credit: Emma Schmidt © Queensland Government

The rugged beauty of Hinchinbrook Island National Park must be seen to be believed! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

George Point day-use area

Spend the day strolling along the beach, picnicking in the shade, fishing or walking inland to spectacular Mulligan Falls.

Accessible by

  • Boat

Attraction facilities

  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Picnic tables

Nestled under shady beach-side trees, this picnic area is a lovely place to base yourself while exploring the southern part of the island and its surrounding waterways.

Spend a few hours strolling along the beach, exploring the tide line for treasures washed up by the sea. You can walk all the way up to where Diamantina Creek runs across the beach and into the ocean. For a longer walk, head inland to Mulligan Falls and enjoy lunch on the rocks at its base. Cool off in the deep pool before heading back to the beach.

The waters around this part of the island are great for fishing. Flick lures off the beach or head out by boat to try your luck at the creek mouths and rocky headlands.

This island park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.

Getting there and getting around

George Point day-use area is is in Hinchinbrook Island National Park, 8km off the Queensland coast at Cardwell.

  • The day-use area is on the eastern coast of Hinchinbrook Island and can be accessed by private vessel or charter vessel launched from Cardwell or Lucinda, or by sea kayak or commercial ferry.
  • Ferry services vary according to demand, tide levels and time of year, and bookings are essential.

Private vessel

  • Visitors accessing the island by private vessel should obtain a copy of the Hinchinbrook Marine Wonders brochure for information on transit lanes and boat speeds to aid dugong and turtle conservation.
  • Access to some areas of Hinchinbrook Island is weather and tide dependent and a good knowledge of the waters and potential hazards is essential.
  • Check local tide tables and weather conditions at the Bureau of Meteorology before you set out.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Sea kayak

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.Commercial sea kayak tours of Hinchinbrook Island are available.

Commercial ferry

  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

George Point day-use area 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 Hinchinbrook Island safely.

  • There are currently no park alerts for this park.