Look out for the ‘Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles’ signage on your next trip. Rest easy knowing that your destination is equipped to welcome you and your caravan, camper trailer, motorhome or campervan. These towns have made a commitment to offer easily accessible long vehicle short term parking within the town centre. They also offer clear directional signage to their local visitor information centres. This month we are profiling Cardwell.
Located midway between Townsville and Cairns, Cardwell is the gateway to the southern Cassowary Coast region and to Hinchinbrook Island. The region is the perfect location for a winter getaway with its warm tropical climate and local natural attractions. Visit the national parks, waterfalls and walking tracks, incredible fishing and amazing islands.
The spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel is a fisher’s paradise with all weather and all tide boating possible. The region has a vast array of fish on offer in the local waters. Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Fingermark, Grunter, Queenfish, Estuary Cod, Bream, Flathead, Salmon, and Whiting are all caught in the region. If you have a boat you can take advantage of one of four boat ramps. Alternatively, try your luck fishing off the jetty or the beach.
Did you know the Cardwell Shire is 70% national park, world heritage site and state forest?
Why not explore the Wallaman Falls, this is Australia’s highest single drop waterfall (305m). While exploring waterfalls don’t miss the popular Blencoe Falls and Attie Creek Falls. Cardwell also features some great swimming holes and Forest Dries with well-maintained picnic and BBQ areas. Pack a picnic and make a day of it as you hike wilderness walking tracks or climb Mount Bartle Frere (Queensland’s highest mountain). Then relax and unwind in one of the crystal clear freshwater swimming holes.
If you are looking for a more relaxed break enjoy the cafes and restaurants scattered along the main street or take a wander along the revamped esplanade with its picnic spots, children’s playgrounds and public artwork.
For history buffs, the Cardwell Bush Telegraph Centre is well worth a visit. Get some insight in to North Queensland’s history. Don’t forget to make time to visit the Cardwell Art Gallery and Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre. There Cardwell offers easy to find short term parking for caravans, motorhomes and camper trailers. And, with their clear signage, you will have no trouble finding your way around.
For more information, please visit the Community Welcomes website.