A small party of us will be doing the Thorsborne Trail from south ( George Point ) to north (Ramsay Bay) in late September. The Trail is on Hinchinbrook Island, which is midway between Cairns and Townsville, in Far North Queensland (FNQ to the locals).
This blurb, taken from the official site ,describes Hinchinbrook Island in glowing terms:
With its lush rainforests, rugged, misty and heath-covered mountains, sweeping sandy beaches, rocky headlands, paperbark and palm wetlands, mangrove-fringed shores and extensive open forests and woodlands, Hinchinbrook Island National Park is one of the world’s most outstanding island parks.
The route we are planning is opposite to the one normally taken. This was taken on the advice of a local walker, who suggests this is the nicest direction to do the walk. There is also a significant benefit that part the final day is spent at the Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Resort .
The party will be made up of Sue, Frank, Clare and Tom with Frank's brother Ken and his son Vinnie. It will be great to have a family walk and this one does not seem too challenging. The varying levels of experience within the group will be interesting but we have planned 4 overnight stops, instead of the recommended minimum of three to ensure the pace does not have to be too hard.
It is a bit of a logistic nightmare to organise getting too and from the Island. We have a long , early morning, drive from Cairns to Cardwell then a bus transfer to Lucinda to take a ferry with Hinchinbrook Wilderness Safaris to the Island. This trip is tide dependant and luckily a 10am start works that day so we should be walking easily by lunchtime.
The return trip is with Hinchinbrook Ferries . They have some good information on their website including a suggested itinery for a 4 day walk. I also found this site which is part of a blog about a Dutch person's travels around Australia. She describes the walk nicely .
We have been also reading an excellent book by Steven Nowakowski who is a wonderful wilderness photographer. His fantastic photo's can be seen in his book Hinchinbrook - A Sacred Wildness Check out his beautiful pictures, they are worth it.
Thorsborne Trail – Hinchinbrook Island - prelude
Planning for the Thorsborne Trail
Thorsborne Trail - Planning the walk
Thorsborne Trail - George Point to Sunken Island Reef
Thorsborne Trail - Sunken Island Reef - Zoe Bay
Thorsborne Trail - Zoe Bay to Little Ramsay Bay
Thorsborne Trail - Little Ramsay Bay - Nina Bay
Thorsborne Trail - Nina Bay - Ferry
Thorsborne Trail- Some great pictures of the wonderful scenery