Hinchinbrook Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

North Macushla day-use area is a shady, secluded, beach-side spot that you can only get to by boat. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

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

North Macushla day-use area

Take a break from a day on the water and head to this sheltered picnic area on the northern edge of Missionary Bay.

Accessible by

  • Boat

Attraction facilities

  • Toilets (non-flush)

Pull up on the sandy beach and spread out your lunch on the table in the shade. Flanked by cool, green forest, the picnic area has endless views of the island’s coastline, surrounding islands and deep blue water.

After lunch, kick back in the shade, explore the nearby beaches, or stretch your legs on one of the two tracks that leave from here. The North Shepherd Bay track explores Cape Richards and the northernmost tip of the island, while the South Shepherd Bay track winds through the rainforests of the Kirkville Hills to peaceful South Shepherd Bay.

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

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

  • The day-use area is on the north-east side of Hinchinbrook Island in Missionary Bay, south of Cape Richard, and can be reached by private or charter vessel launched from Cardwell or Lucinda.

Private vessel

  • If you plan to head to the island in your own boat, first 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.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

North Macushla 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.