The Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort in Dungeness, Lucinda, near Ingham in North Queensland is now offering whale-watching tours courtesy of marine tourism operator Absolute North Charters.
Absolute Tour Charters also provides ferry transportation services to and from Hinchinbrook Island National Park’s Thorsborne Trail as well as day tours to what is one of the world’s best backpacking adventure destination, and saltwater crocodile spotting tours.
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort operator Michael Mckeown said guests availing themselves of Absolute Tour Charters’ range of services would receive a $20 discount on the price of water-front motel units (normal prices start from $145 for rooms that sleep up to three) and fully contained bungalows (from $170 for up to five people).
“Absolute North Charters and captain John Schmidt are experienced operators who have been navigating Enterprise Channel in Dungeness, the Hinchinbrook Channel and the waters around the island itself for most of his life,” Mr McKeown.
“Guests using his services will not only get a great discount on our award-winning accommodation, but also have the convenience of travelling to and from Hinchinbrook Island from our private and safe jetty that is open at both high and low tides.”
The resort is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Carter Bates, from Townsville, spent a week working near Ingham and took a day trip to Hinchinbrook Island’s famed Mulligan Falls during a day off.
“I’ve heard about Hinchinbrook Island, and that it is the world’s largest island national park, but I did not know just how beautiful it is,” Mr Bates said, adding that they encountered six humpback whales.
“I’ve already booked two nights’ accommodation at the Resort for next weekend and I am bringing my family up.”
The resort is a popular fishing destination, particularly with groups from Cairns, Townsville and Charters Towers.
Mr Schmidt said “there are tonnes of whales out there at the moment.”
“The temperatures are good, it’s not too hot, and it really is the peak of the season for tourism in the Hinchinbrook region at the moment,” he said.
“Get in and book at Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort for affordable accommodation and book with Absolute North Charters for world-class tourism experiences and transportation.”
Both Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort and Absolute North Charters featured in the Townsville Bulletin newspaper after guests of the hotel were recently treated to not only whales, but dugong, dolphins and crocodiles. (Article here.)
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 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