About Port Hinchinbrook

Flora & Fauna

Orchid Beach

Port Hinchinbrook is part of the southern end of Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Wet Tropics is home to 30% of Australia’s marsupial species, 58% of its bat species, 26% of its frog species, 17% of its reptile species, 58% of the butterfly species and 48% of its bird species. There are no less than 85 species of animals that are unique to the area.

This World Heritage Area is one of spectacular scenery, rugged topography with fast-flowing rivers, deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. The rainforests contain an almost complete record of the major stages in the evolution of plant life on earth and are floristically and structurally the most diverse in Australia. They include 13 major structural types, further classified into 27 broad communities.

Cardwell, a small seaside holiday town, lies on the main National Highway between Cairns in the north and Townsville in the south. It is serviced by regular buses and trains and has shops, motels, caravan parks, backpacker hostels and a post office.


The climate is humid tropical, with an average January (mid summer) temperature of 32 degrees Celsius and an average July (mid winter) minimum of 13 degrees.

The gentle collision of moisture laden onshore breezes with the mountainous peaks of Hinchinbrook Island and the Cardwell Range produces an average annual rainfall of 2143 mm at Cardwell, most falling in Summer. Although no record is made, parts of Hinchinbrook receive more than 3500mm a year. Most occurs in heavy downpours between December and April. See Climate Averages for Cardwell