Eight kilometers off the coast of Queensland between Cairns and Townsville lays Hinchinbrook Island, the largest in the Great Barrier Reef and Australia’s largest island national park at 393 square kilometers. Due to its pristine condition, the Australian government has taken measures to protect it, namely by limiting the number of visitors and accessible areas on it in order to minimize human impact.
The best way to thoroughly explore Hinchinbrook Island is to be one of the 40 hikers allowed at a time on the Thorsborne Trail, a 32-kilometer trek covering the island’s eastern coast. Accessible via chartered boat from either Cardwell or Lucinda, this trek can be completed by reasonably fit and experienced hikers in four days. Eucalypt forests and beaches with dramatic mountainous backdrops make up a large portion of the landscape that comprise this gorgeous wilderness area.