Cape Hillsborough National Park would be a must-visit in many parts of the world, but around these parts, nature lovers are spoiled for choice. Still, this semi-remote bush scrub falling into the sea some 50km north of Mackay is worthy of more serious attention. On the marvellous walking trails through the headlands, you may spot kangaroos, wallabies and sugar gliders. Turtles are common close to shore, and roos might be seen on the beach in the evening and early morning.
The park features rough cliffs, a broad beach, rocky headlands, sand dunes, mangroves, hoop pines and rainforest. There are also the remains of Aboriginal middens and stone fish traps, accessible by good walking tracks. On the approach to the foreshore area there’s also an interesting boardwalk leading out through a tidal mangrove forest. Recent renovations have made it easier to negotiate the area on your own.