Hinchinbrook Island

  Hinchinbrook Island the land that time forgot is the largest oceanic island national park in the world. Rising to 1121m in the centre of the island are the jagged peaks of Mt Bowen just part this Jurassic Granite Island. Hinchinbrook Island is 52 km long, 10 km wide and it covers an area of 37 379 hectares making it the largest island on the Great Barrier Reef.

  On the mainland side of Hinchinbrook Island some 16 creeks feed into the waters of Hinchinbrook channel along with another eight in missionary bay. Fishing is extremely good in and around these creeks along the channel, a very popular location for Barramundi Fishing. Deluge inlet is the largest creek system on the western side of the island with streams running well back to fresh water pools at the base of an impressive amphitheatre of granite mountain peaks. The pooled areas of these creeks are prime habitat for juvenile mangrove jack, javelin fish, bream, archerfish, trevally, tarpon and so many more.

  Seagrass beds lie between the island and the mainland and are an important feeding ground for sea turtles and dugong which are frequently sighted by the careful observer when cruising the area.

Hinchinbrook Island is home to some 26 species of mangrove and many more sub species. Prolific bird life inhabits the steep rainforest island with large numbers of Torres Strait pigeons visiting the area every year.