Council Recognises Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort for Tourism Award

By / 11th July, 2017 / Uncategorized / No Comments

Hinchinbrook Shire Council Shire Council have recognised the talents of Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort owners Michael and Linda McKeown, who recently won the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Choice Award 2017 for Townsville and Surrounds. For two years running, the ocean-side resort in Lucinda, near Ingham in Queensland, has been selected by readers of Australia’s largest database of restaurants, accommodation and other travel and tourism information.

Other businesses singled out by the Hinchinbrook Council for winning regional or national recognition included Michael Devietti of Devietti Holden and the Herbert River Express, which was judged Community Newspaper of the Year in the 2016 News Corp Australia News Awards for Excellence in Editorial.

Linda McKeown, speaking at her resort overlooking the Hinchinbrook Island National Park, thanked Hinchinbrook Shire Council Mayor Ramon Jayo, Deputy Mayor Mary Brown, the council and council staff for recognising the resort’s efforts to increase tourism in the shire, which was one of the most picturesque regions in Queensland and Australia.

Micheal said it was great to know that the council supported the efforts undertaken by the Resort, including its social media presence on both Facebook and Twitter.

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort Wins Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Award 2017

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort Wins Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Award 2017

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort Wins Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Award 2017

By / 16th January, 2017 / Uncategorized / No Comments

The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Lucinda, Queensland, has been named Australian Good Food and Travel Guide (AGFG) Readers’ Choice winners for 2017. It is the second year in a row that the ocean-side resort overlooking the famed Hinchinbrook Island National Park has been selected by readers of Australia’s largest database of restaurants, accommodation and other travel and tourism information.

The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort, just south of Cairns in North Queensland, was voted a winner in the “Townsville and Surrounds” region. The AGFG Readers’ Choice Awards are designed to give the Australian public the opportunity to vote for their favourite establishments throughout the year. The Awards recognise “hard-working establishments and they provide AGFG editors with invaluable data on what’s popular.”

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort owner-operator Linda McKeown said she was delighted with the Award, which was a reflection of the positive feedback the accommodation had received from numerous guests.

“We are located in a superb environment in the Hinchinbrook Channel, our accommodation is first class and I guess our guests are pretty happy with our service,” Linda said. “So yes, we are delighted to have received the award for the second year in a row.”

Michael McKeown also singled out the resort’s proximity to both Cairns, Townsville and Ingham and the popularity of the Hinchinbrook Island National Park as well as fishing on the Great Barrier Reef and the Hinchinbrook Channel.

“It’s a special part of the world that many of our guests will testify to, including those that kindly voted for us in the AGFG Readers’ Choice Awards,” Michael said. “We hope to see them all back here in the not-to-distant future and of course we welcome anybody who wants to come and stay and experience our hospitality.”

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort has more than 30 motel rooms providing the very best in accommodation options for the discerning guest, including 20 resort motel rooms, 12 self-contained bungalows and a three-bedroom apartment for larger-sized groups.

For more information please contact Linda or Michael

Phone: +61 (7) 47778395 / Mobile: +61 427055678 / +61 427175567
Fax: +61 (7) 47778317
Email: relax@lucindamotel.com.au
Address: 54 Dungeness Road, Lucinda 4850, Far North Queensland, Australia

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort Wins AGFG Readers’ Choice 2016 Award for Townsville Region

By / 29th March, 2016 / Uncategorized / No Comments

The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Lucinda, Queensland, has won an Australian Good Food and Travel Guide (AGFG) Readers’ Choice 2016 for Townsville and Surrounds.

“We are delighted with the award, which recognises that the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort is one of the best places to stay in our region,” owner Linda McKeown said. “My husband, Mike, and I have worked hard over the last few years to ensure that our resort exceeds guest expectations in terms of price, quality and service.”

The AGFG overview of the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort, described the tropical getaway just north of Townsville as perched by Hinchinbrook Channel’s pristine waters.

“Sweeping lawns and gently swaying palm trees lead to modern units and comfortable, self-contained bungalow cabins surrounded by lush gardens with views across a glistening ocean,” the overview reads. “A nearby boat ramp provides access to otherwise secluded fishing spots or simply throw in a hand line off the motel’s private jetty.”

Linda said guests, including anglers, could enjoy a BBQ in the facilities area that overlooked the Channel and Hinchinbrook Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Other attractions in the Ingham area included Australia’s tallest waterfall, beautiful beaches, rainforest hikes and wildlife.

Mike said the resort was popular with local tourists from not only Townsville but also Cairns a couple of hours drive to the north. “We also cater to families, and larger groups, and we are an excellent location for weddings and other large functions,” Mike said. “There is no more beautiful place in the world.”

Linda and Mike thanked AGFG and its readers for honouring the resort.

For more information please visit our Website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information please contact Linda or Michael
Phone: +61 (7) 47778395 / Mobile: +61 427055678 / +61 427175567
Fax: +61 (7) 47778317
Email: relax@lucindamotel.com.au
Address: 54 Dungeness Road, Lucinda 4850, Far North Queensland, Australia

‘Black Pearl’ Sighted in Lucinda as Speculation about Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Film Locations in Queensland Continues

By / 3rd November, 2014 / Uncategorized / No Comments
Does this grainy image supplied by police in the Hinchinbrook Queensland, Australia, reveal that Hinchinbrook Island is being considered as a film location for the latest instalment of the beloved Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’?

Does this grainy image supplied by police in the Hinchinbrook Shire in Queensland, Australia, reveal that Hinchinbrook Island is being considered as a film location for the latest instalment of the beloved Pirates of the Caribbean movie series, ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’?

Have Captain Jack Sparrow and the infamous ‘Black Pearl’ of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise fame been sighted in waters off Lucinda, North Queensland. Both “aye!” and “nay” according to police in the Hinchinbrook Shire.

Speculation has been mounting over proposed film locations in Queensland for the latest installment of the beloved franchise, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’ or ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ Filming will reportedly begin at the Village Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast in February 2015, and on location in North and Far North Queensland after that. Port Douglas is believed to have been confirmed, though additional film locations are being scouted “north of Mackay,” including the spectacular Hinchinbrook Island National Park off the coast of Lucinda.

So it was against this backdrop that police in Halifax, a town in the Hinchinbrook Shire, released a press statement on October 31, stating that police received a Sunday morning telephone call from an “unidentified person” warning that pirates were about to storm the Lucinda township.

Captain Jonh Tantalo (okay, he is actually a Sergeant) of Halifax Police picks up what happened next: “So it was all hands on deck … I pulled up the anchor and set sail to Lucinda where I observed a pirate ship moored off the old Lucinda jetty,” Captain Tantalo said. “As it turned out persons did come ashore, however they were friendly visitors to our area.”

Captain Tantalo said the “would-be pirates” have been sailing up and down the Queensland coastline in a replica of Captain Jack Sparrow’s ‘Black Pearl.’ “No hidden treasure was found in the sand of Lucinda and the pirates were last seen walking the plank, I mean jetty, back to the “Black Pearl” before sailing off into the sunset,” Captain Tantalo said. “I certainly was relieved we did not have to engage in any sword fights with pirates,” he added in a tongue-in-cheek press release titled ‘Ahoy me Hearties! Shiver Me Timbers was that Captain Jack walking the Jetty at Lucinda?’

‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is expected to provide a major boost for Queensland’s unmatched tourist attractions. In the words of Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer: “With its oceans, beaches, and jungles, Queensland has an incredible array of natural environments which are perfect for our new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.” ‘Unbroken,’ directed by Angelina Jolie and ‘San Andreas’ starring Dwayne Johnson were also filmed in Queensland recently.

Details of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 are naturally hard to come by but Hollywood celebrities Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and hometown favourite Geoffrey Rush are expected to reprise their respective roles as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Captain Barbossa. Set to be released in 2017, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will be helmed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg.

For further information about tourism attractions in Lucinda, the Hinchinbrook Island National Park itself and accommodation please visit the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort website homepage.

‘Adventure Angler’ Fishing Show Makes Return Expedition to Hinchinbrook Island National Park

By / 29th October, 2014 / Uncategorized / No Comments
Australian fisherman Micah Adams lands a barramundi in the Hinchinbrook Island National Park in Far North Queensland

Australian fisherman Micah Adams (right) lands a barramundi in the Hinchinbrook Island National Park near Lucinda in Far North Queensland. Micah was so impressed with his fishing experience in and around the Hinchinbrook Island National Park in Far North Queensland that he recently returned to film a second episode for his Adventure Angler fishing show.

Renowned professional Australian fisherman Micah Adams was so impressed with his fishing experience in and around the Hinchinbrook Island National Park in Far North Queensland that he recently returned to film a [second episode for his Adventure Angler fishing show]. According to the Adventure Angler website, the programme showcases the “finest fishing on the planet” and “highlights the stunning landscapes for which each location has been chosen.”

Guy Williams, in his introduction to programme, says one episode filming in the world-heritage-listed Hinchinbrook Island National Park “just wasn’t enough” for Micah. “He had such a good time at Hinchinbrook Island in Far North Queensland that he has returned to fish among the spectacular waters yet again,” Guy says. “This is camping and fishing as it should be.”

Micah, one of Australia’s foremost professional fishermen and fishing guides, says Hinchinbrook is renowned for its amazing scenery “but even better fishing.”

The episode of Adventure Angler follows Micah Adams on a three-day camping and fishing expedition around Hinchinbrook Island. “We think we’re in for some pretty cool fishing, and you’re coming with us,” says Micah of the episode posted below.

For further information about fishing in the Hinchinbrook Island National Park and Hinchinbrook Channel marine areas near Lucinda please visit Fishing & Boating in Hinchinbrook Marine Area, for eco-tours visit Hinchinbrook Island National Park and for accommodation visit the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort website homepage.

Fishing and Boating in the Hinchinbrook Island National Park Marine Area

By / 2nd August, 2014 / Uncategorized / No Comments

The Hinchinbrook Island National Park marine area on the Great Barrier Reef is a popular fishing destination for people from not only Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland and but also from throughout Queensland and Australia.

Weekend warriors from Townsville and Cairns form the bulk of the holidaymaker community chasing the monster coral trout, mackerel, perch, snapper and barramundi, among many other types of fish species that are abundant in Hinchinbrook waters, including the Hinchinbrook Channel and wider marine area.

The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort is perfectly located next to the main, public four-lane boat ramp, while the Resort itself features its own private, secure jetty from which to launch any fishing expedition. Enjoy weekend fishing with all the creature comforts of home provided by the Resort, including complimentary BBQ and other social facilities.

Guests at Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort are welcome to full use of our exclusive jetty. For those that do not possess their own marine craft, we recommend charter fishing and boating services provided by a number of local operators, including Fishing Charters Townsville.

Fishing Charters Townsville can collect you from the Resort’s jetty and offers groups of guests unparalleled fishing experiences within the pristine Hinchinbrook Channel marine environment, in the waters surrounding the Hinchinbrook Island National Park or on the Great Barrier Reef itself, a short 30-minute boat ride away.

Hinchinbrook Island’s Thorsborne Trail Named in Top 7 Treks in Australia

By / 2nd August, 2014 / Uncategorized / No Comments

Hinchinbrook Island’s Thorsborne Trail in tropical Far North Queensland has been named one of the Top 7 hiking trails in Australia by online travel and destination website Traveltherenext.com.

Traveltherenext.com’s article, Hiking trails – Australia’s top 7 treks, said the Hinchinbrook Island National Park between Cairns and Townsville was a “special place” that boasted “undisturbed valleys lorded over by 1,000-metre peaks that’d look more at home in Tasmania than Far North Queensland.”

The online travel portal, which also pointed out that Hinchinbrook was Australia’s largest island national park and a part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, said it made sense to walk the four-day, 32-kilometre Thorsborne Trail, which traverses the length of the island.

“There are few places in the world where such pristine wilderness exists so close to civilisation,” Traveltherenext.com wrote.

Hiking or trekking, camping or day excursions to the Hinchinbrook Island National Park can be easily organised by your hosts at the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort or through Hinchinbrook Wilderness Safaris, which is the sole operator offering transfers, including to Mulligan Bay, Bluff Creek and Zoe Bay.

Traveltherenext.com’s Top 7 hiking trails were:

1) Maria Island Walk, Tasmania
2) The Jatbula Trail, Northern Territory
3) The Great Ocean Walk, Victoria
4) Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland
5) Mt Gower, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales
6) The Simpson Desert, Central Australia
7) Mt Kosciuszko, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales