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Hinchinbrook Island Cruises is the longest operating ferry company transferring Hikers to and from the Thorsborne Trail.

Please read important information about the Transfers to the Thorsborne Trail.

The longest serving ferry company operating to Hinchinbrook Island

90% of hikers walk the Thorsborne Trail North to South (Ramsay Bay to George Point). The reason for this is when commencing the Thorsborne Trail, your backpack is at maximum weight. When breaking down the 32Km, Ramsay Bay to Zoe Bay is less strenuous then Zoe Bay to George Point. Over the hike your backpack gets lighter for the tougher terrain.

Since the early 1980’s Cardwell has been the start and finish point for the Thorsborne Trail. Listed are some reasons:

  • FREE excess baggage storage with any booking with Hinchinbrook Island Cruises
  • FREE long term car parking close to departure point.
  • Secure parking ($8.00 per day)
  • Bus and Train Station 5 minutes from ferry departure point
  • IGA Supermarket & Hardware
  • Hiking Gear Shop (sales & hire equipment)
  • Ferry departure point is 2 minutes off the Bruce Highway
  • Cardwell has 10 different accommodation options for you. These range from Backpacker Accommodation to Up Market Accommodation.
  • Taxi Transfer from all local accommodation

The beauty of Hinchinbrook Island Cruises is they have 2 ferries which enables us to accommodate large groups. Both ferries are fast, have comfortable seating and shade.

Since 2015 Hinchinbrook Island Cruises purchased Hinchinbrook Wilderness Safaris. This enabled Hinchinbrook Island Cruises to transfer hikers from George Point (the southern end of the trail) via ferry up the magnificent Hinchinbrook Channel.

Before 2015, hikers would have to arrange their own bus transport from Lucinda back to Cardwell. Now we have simplified the transfer process. Boarding our ferry, sit back, relax and enjoy our Channel Tour back to Cardwell with an ice cold free soft drink or water.  This is our Complete Round Trip.

 If you would like to walk South to North that is George Point to Ramsay Bay that is no problem we just rotate your trip but you can still leave your car in our long term car park at Hinchinbrook Harbour right next to the departure point.Just book on line and Hinchinbrook Island Cruises will do the rest.

Thorsborne Trail Booking Form



We also transfer Lucinda to Ramsey Bay up the Hinchinbrook Channel then George’s Point to Lucinda on your return.

Please call us for times and prices for this package.

Hinchinbrook Island Cruises and Dean Beech Sports Fishing has a large fleet of vessels crewed by experienced skippers with a wealth of local knowledge to make your time on the water truly memorable.

Being the longest serving ferry company operating to both ends of the Thorsborne Trail, Hinchinbrook Island Cruises are able to offer the most convenient transfers for those walking this world renowned trail.


Just go to our Thorsborne Trail Page

George Point pick up times change daily due to the tides, click here to download schedule.

If you need a lift from Cardwell Township to the Port Hinchinbrook Public Boat Ramp, we can organise a Taxi transfer for $5.00 per person, just let us know.

Based in Cardwell and Lucinda, North Queensland,  Hinchinbrook Island Cruises provide a range of options including boat transfers to the surrounding islands and the Thorsborne Trail from Cardwell and Lucinda, various cruises and guided fishing charters are available. Discover the magnificent wilderness of Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Channel, Australia’s largest island national park. Also Garden, Goold, Orpheus and Palm Island Groups are in the area and we do tours on and around these islands.

Most of our Tours and Transfers depart and return to Hinchinbrook Harbour, Cardwell. See our “Find Us in Cardwell” page for directions to our location in Cardwell.

The Deluge Inlet Tour and some of the southern end Thorsborne Trail Transfers operate from our Lucinda location. See our “Find Us in Lucinda” page for directions to our location in Lucinda.

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Check out our new Billboards on the Bruce Highway, see if you can spot them going both North and South.


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