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7 Day Hinchinbrook Island Sea Kayaking

Hinchinbrook Island Adventure
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7 day Hinchinbrook Island Expedition:  (Moderate level)

Paddling the coast of Hinchinbrook Island and camping on the white sandy beaches is a true taste of paradise. The uninhabited islands offer stunning views and deserted beaches.  These 7 day trips take you away from all the pressures of today's lifestyle and let you relax and enjoy nature at its best. As we paddle the east coast the breathtaking beauty of this island wilderness will be revealed, the lush temperate rainforest gives way to towering granite peaks, there are countless sheltered sandy bays. 3 -4 hours paddling each day allows plenty of time, to explore Zoe Bay, swim in crystal clear fresh water pools, relax and enjoy this pristine environment.  Evenings are spent camping under the stars, enjoying some local tales from our experienced guides and a glass or two of wine over a sumptuous dinner.

Hinchinbrook Island is part of the UNESCO, World Heritage Listing for it's unique flora and fauna. The waters of the Coral Sea which surround Hinchinbrook Island are part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, world renowned for its abundant marine life offering us a chance to view sea turtles, dolphins and hopefully dugong. The islands offer excellent conditions to view many sea birds including, osprey, sea eagles and Oystercatchers.

From the island's northern tip we paddle across to Goold Island, on a low tide we can explore the remnants of the aboriginal fish traps on the beach. Our final days are spent exploring further north to the Idyllic Family Islands where we can snorkel over fringing reef before ending our trip on South Mission Beach, with time for a celebratory lunch at a lovely beachside resort.

Trips depart Mission Beach on Sundays, pre trip meetings Saturday evening prior to departure.

What's Included:

  • All camping equipment
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Paddling and safety equipment
  • 2 person sea kayaks
  • All meals
  • Transfers from Mission Beach
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park fees
  • National Park fees
  • A wealth of knowledge, experience and humour from our friendly guide

Departure dates for 2016:

  • 15 & 29 May 2016

  • 12 & 26 June 2016

  • 10 & 24 July 2016

  • 7 & 21 August 2016

  • 4 & 18 September 2016

  • 2, 16 & 30 October 2016

Trip Itinerary:
This moderate level trip will be most enjoyed by participants who are reasonably active and
happy to participate in paddling, swimming/snorkelling and walking for up to six hours a day.
Due to weather conditions some days may include some strenuous activity.
Pre-trip meeting. Our pre-trip meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Saturday evening. Our
guides will introduce themselves and discuss the planned itinerary and answer any questions
you may have regarding your trip. They will also issue you with dry-bags for your personal
belongings, these should be packed and ready when you are collected the following morning.
Any belongings not being taken may be stored at our office.

Seven Day Itinerary
Day 1:
An early start (7.30am) is necessary as we drive to our departure point at
Lucinda two hours south of Mission Beach. Here we pack our kayaks,
practise our paddling skills and all safety procedures. We set off across the
channel to lunch on at Georges Point and paddle on taking in the southern
reaches of Hinchinbrook Island. Our first night camp is at Mulligans Bay or
Sunken Reef Bay.

Day 2:
Following the coast north we pass the most easterly section of the Island,
Hillock Point and into stunning Zoe Bay with the verdant backdrop of Mount
Bowen (1142 metres) and the Thumb. Here we can explore the rainforest,
following Zoe Creek up to the refreshing clear pools of Zoe Falls. A relaxing
swim and early lunch is enjoyed before we continue along the coast where
our days paddle finishes at sheltered Banksia Bay.

Day 3 & 4:
These days paddle pass many secluded little coves and beaches hidden
along the rocky coastline and on to the eight kilometre length of Ramsey Bay
curving north to Cape Sandwich with Channel Rock and Eva Island just off
the coast. The high sand dunes and sparse vegetation of this part of the
island contrast greatly with the craggy grandeur of the previous days
paddling. We end our days at Blacksand Beach and Sunset Beach with a
sunset drink and a hearty supper.

Day 5:
Heading towards the northern point of the island we paddle across the
eponymous Shepard Bay towards Cape Richards where the pandanus and
casuarinas seem to defy the elements by surviving on this exposed rocky
headland. After lunching on beautiful Orchid Beach we areback on the water.
we have round the northern headland of Hinchinbrook Island and make a
short crossing to Goold Island's sheltered beaches.

Day 6:
We set off leaving Hinchinbrook and Goold Islands behind us heading north.
This is our longest open water crossing to the verdant rainforest isles of the
Family Island Group. These tiny islands are surrounded in fringing reef with
white sandy beaches. The sheltered campground offers beautiful views back
towards Hinchinbrook's lofty peaks and west to view the sunset over the
mainland.

Day 7:
Our last day on the water has a leisurely start as we leave Wheeler Island to
pass Bedarra and Timana Islands, two of the eleven that make up the Family
Islands. As we paddle by Tam O’shanter Point and Lugger Bay towards
South Mission Beach we can see the larger and more renowned Dunk Island
just to the North. South Mission Beach is our final destination here we pack
up our gear and head off for a celebratory lunch with a feeling of great
achievement at having experienced a very special place, which has changed
little with the passage of time.

Off the tropical coast of North Queensland between Ingham and Tully lie 15 continental
islands, 11 of which are National Parks surrounded by the waters and fringing reefs of the
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. They range from Hinchinbrook Island, 39,000 ha, the largest
National Park Island in Australia to tiny Purtaboi Island situated just of the coast of renowned
Dunk Island. These islands present a magnificent landscape of tropical sandy beaches,
precipitous headlands, rugged mountains, waterfalls and dense rainforest, all of which offer
the most spectacular backdrop for our sea kayaking adventures.

Paddling the coast of Hinchinbrook Island and camping on the white sandy beaches is a true
taste of paradise. The uninhabited island offers stunning views and untouched beaches. This
trip will take you away from all the pressures of today's lifestyle and let you relax and enjoy
nature at it’s best. As we paddle the coastline the breathtaking beauty of this island
wilderness will be revealed, the lush tropical rainforest gives way to towering granite peaks,
and below are countless sheltered sandy bays. 3-4 hours paddling each day allows plenty of
time to explore Zoe Falls, swim in the crystal clear fresh water pool, relax and enjoy this
protected pristine environment. Evenings are spent camping under the stars, enjoying some
local tales from our experienced guides and a glass or two of wine over dinner.
Hinchinbrook Island is part of the UNESCO, World Heritage Listing for it's unique flora and
fauna. The waters of the Coral Sea which surround Hinchinbrook Island are part of the Great
Barrier Reef Marine Park, world renowned for it's abundant marine life offering us a chance toview sea turtles, dolphins and dugong. Humpback whales migrate along the islands coastline
and are frequently sighted during late July & August. These islands offer excellent conditions
to view many sea birds including, osprey, white-breasted sea eagles, shy oystercatchers and
endangered beach curlews.