Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Lucinda Wins Third-Straight Australian Good Food and Travel Guide Readers’ Choice for Townsville Region
The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Lucinda, Queensland, has been awarded the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide (AGFG) Readers’ Choice for Townsville and Surrounds for a third consecutive year.
“For three years in a row the readers of the Australian Good Food and Travel Guide have recognised the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort as one of the best places to stay in its category in the Townsville region,” said owner and operator Michael McKeown. “My wife, Linda, 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.”
Linda said the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort had seen an increase in tourists from North Queensland, particularly Cairns and Townsville, who were attracted by the spectacular scenery of Hinchinbrook Island National Park and the world-class fishing.
“The tourism sector, particularly domestic tourism, is strong and we have seen an increase in the use of our conference centre, including for weddings, engagement parties and business-related events,” she said.
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.”
Mike 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.
“It has been fantastic to see our bookings increasing with hikers and campers heading over to trek the world-famous Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island,” he said. “Hikers, who can leave their vehicles in protected parking, can be picked up directly from the Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort’s private jetty and taken directly to the island. And our resort is the perfect place to relax for a day or two afterwards, including a cool pool, hot showers, cold drinks and hot food.”
Linda and Mike thanked AGFG and its readers for honouring the resort.
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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.
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 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