Hinchinbrook Island National Park Tropical North Queensland

A vast beach is on the doorstep of George Point camping area. Photo credit: © 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 camping area

Set up camp in the shade and spend hours exploring the long beach that hugs the island’s southern coastline.

Accessible by

  • Boat

Campground facilities

  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Anchoring allowed
  • Tent camping
  • Walking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Boating
  • Fishing

This camping area can be the start or finish of your Thorsborne Trail adventure, or just somewhere to spend a few days exploring the southern part of the island.

If you’re not heading off on the trail, try your luck at the nearby fishing spots, or just wander along the vast expanse of the beach—it seems to go on forever. Sit back and take in the fantastic ocean vistas and views of Lucinda jetty. At 6km long the jetty is the world’s largest bulk sugar loading facility.

If the Thorsborne Trail is your destination, after a good night’s sleep hoist your pack and head off on your island adventure.

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 camping area is in Hinchinbrook Island National Park, 8km off the Queensland coast at Cardwell.

  • The camping area is on the Thorsborne Trail along the east coast of the island, and is located at the southern-most end of the trail.
  • You can also book it without walking the trail, accessing the site by private vessel launched from Cardwell or Lucinda, or by sea kayak.

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

  • Commercial sea kayak tours of Hinchinbrook Island are available.
  • 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.

Before you visit

Opening hours

George Point camping area is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Camping area features: under trees on and near the beach.

Location: at the southern end of Mulligan Bay, this is the southern exit/entrance of the Thorsborne Trail.

Access: the camping area can be reached by boat and from the Thorsborne Trail.

Number of sites: open area without separately defined sites.

Camp sites are suitable for: trail hikers and boat-based camping.

Camp site surface: sand and dirt.

Facilities: composting toilets and picnic table. There is no fresh water.

Open fires: prohibited.

Generators: not permitted.

Essentials to bring: read before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options.

Mobile phone coverage: poor.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Hinchinbrook Island safely and camp with care.