About Cardwell

Located halfway between Townsville and Cairns, Cardwell is the gateway to the Hinchinbrook experience of untamed wilderness, superb beaches, deserted islands,fishing, crabbing and oystering. 

Cardwell's picturesque Port Hinchinbrook development provides a marina with a beautiful mountain backdrop, a public boat ramp and repairs and maintenance facilities for anglers and boaties. It's widely acknowledged that Cardwell is ranked second to none when it comes to all weather and all tide boating. With 22 islands off the coast and the spectacular Hinchinbrook Channel offering 45km of fully protected boating and fishing, it's the boatie's paradise.

 On the mainland, Cardwell is the centre of a vast Natural Wonderland. Visit Wallaman Falls, Australia's highest single drop waterfall (305m); the remote; but popular Blencoe Falls and Attie Creek Falls. Swimming holes and Forest Dries with well maintained picnic and BBQ areas are many. Trek the wilderness walking tracks, climb Mount Bartle Freer (Queensland's highest mountain); enjoy the thrill of white water rafting and canoeing or relax and unwind in one of the areas many crystal clear freshwater swimming holes.

Incredibly, 70% of the Cardwell Shire is National Park, world heritage and State Forest. The township of Cardwell is a tiny speck of freehold land in the centre of 80kms of National Park oceanfront.

Cyclone Yasi Recovery

Following Cyclone Yasi in 2011 a huge restoration project has been underway on the once sleepy Cardwell main street. The picturesque foreshore has always been a popular traffic stop for travelers and now features two children's play areas, an outdoor amphitheatre and stage for local entertainment and events, a wide bike / walkway stretching the length of the foreshore including a link to the port Hinchinbrook development, Barbecue and toilet facilities, fitness equipment and the Coral Sea Memorial.

Come share it with us...
You'll be truly welcome! 

For many years a well kept secret, Cardwell now offers all attended retail services, restaurants, IGA Supermarket and medical facilities. Our Country Club with a 9 hole golf course has also undergone 1.25million dollar upgrade. Home to endangered local wildlife - the Mahogany glider, the course now boasts self-irrigation, tricky water hazards and challenging fairways. The 19th hole with your mates at the country club afterwards is always a favourite. 

Cardwell also offers a Bowling green, tennis courts, an Olympic sized swimming pool, library and Art Gallery. 

With Cardwell as your base, branch out on self-drive day trips to Ingham, Lucinda, Tully and Mission Beach. Cairns and Townsville are only a two hour drive away. 

Waterfalls, National Parks, State Forests, tropical islands, crystal clear swimming holes, unbeatable fishing, golf, bowls, bush walking, bird watching. With so many activities on offer, why not invest in Cardwell today and start enjoying for yourself!

Did someone say fishing?

Fishing, fishing and more fishing...
You can't leave Cardwell without catching a barra. 

 Join renowned fishing genius Ryan Moody and his team on an unforgettable Hooked on Hinchinbrook Fishing Charter!

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As a member of their fishing community you will also receive free training videos/blog updates from Ryan Moody, founder of Hooked on Hinchinbrook charters, who has caught almost 2000 1metre plus barra (plus numerous thousand pound marlin) for clients over the years. You’ll also get more information about his exciting new e-course Barra Basics and be notified when the next class enrollment opens.



Fancy a hit of Golf?


 Sweeping fairways lined with Gum tree's are the result of dedication and hard work from the Cardwell golfing community. A huge restoration project following cyclone Yasi has proven a great success. 
The club welcomes players of all levels and stages a wide range of events throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a social round with mates or some serious competition there are opportunities for everyone to participate every day. The adjoining Cardwell Country Club provides licensed facilities so enjoy a drink before and after your game in The Bunker overlooking the 9/18th green.