Thorsborne Trail Transfers

The only transfers to both ends of the Thorsborne Trail!

Hinchinbrook Island Cruises is the most cost effective ferry transfer to the Thorsborne Trail!

Hinchinbrook Island Cruises provides transfers to and from BOTH ENDS of the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island from/to Cardwell or Lucinda!

Hinchinbrook Island Cruises 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.

Safety is our main priority and Hinchinbrook Island Cruises have Personal Locator Beacons available for hire. Please contact us for more information.

Our skippers Andrew and Gordon have walked the Trail many times so please ask any questions and we will give you professional advise.

Our boats are fast comfortable, have lots of shade and soft padded seats.

All boats have new 4 stroke engines.

Island Camping

Either to the Ramsey Bay boardwalk at the northern end AND George Point at the southern end, for those walking the world renowned Thorsborne Trail trek.

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 (Ramsey 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:

  • Personal Locator Beacon Hire
  • 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
  • FREE Taxi Transfer from ALL local accommodation in Cardwell

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 online and Hinchinbrook Island Cruises will do the rest.

Hinchinbrook Island Cruises do transfers up and down the Hinchinbrook Channel.

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


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 arrange a Taxi transfer for FREE, when you book with us, 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 Day Trips and guided Fishing Charters are available.

Discover the magnificent wilderness of Hinchinbrook Island and the Hinchinbrook Channel. Hinchinbrook Island is Australia’s largest island national park.

Also Garden, Goold, Orpheus and the Palm Island Groups are in the area and we conduct tours to.

Most of our tours and transfers depart and return to Hinchinbrook Harbour, Cardwell, however we also conduct Thorsborne Trail Transfer from Lucinda!

See our “Find Us in Cardwell” page for directions to our location in Cardwell.


The longest serving ferry company operating to Hinchinbrook Island


NVideos of the Thorsborne TrailEW!  Watch videos of the 4 Day Thorsborne Trail Trek.
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(15 years and over)
(5 to 14 years)
(0 to 4 FREE)
Both the Northern and Southern End (Depart and return from Cardwell, including the car or bus transfer)
$150.00$150.00FREEBOOK NOW
Both the Northern and Southern End (Depart from either Cardwell and return to Lucinda, OR Depart from Lucinda and return to Cardwell). Does not include any bus transfers if required.
$170.00$150.00FREEBOOK NOW
The Northern End(Cardwell to Ramsay Bay and Ramsay Bay return to Cardwell).
$160.00$140.00FREEBOOK NOW
The Southern End(Lucinda to George Point and George Point return to Lucinda).
$140.00$120.00FREEBOOK NOW
One Way (between Cardwell and Ramsay Bay)
$99.00$79.00FREEBOOK NOW
One Way (between Lucinda and Ramsay Bay)
$180.00$170.00FREEBOOK NOW
One Way (between Cardwell and George Point)
$125.00$105.00FREEBOOK NOW
One Way (between Lucinda and George Point)
$80.00$60.00FREEBOOK NOW

Times – Departure and Pickup

Ramsay Bay – Leaves Cardwell at 08.30am, leaves Ramsay Bay to return to Cardwell at 09.30am
George Point – Due to tidal constraints the times for George Point vary daily.

If you require a transfer between Cardwell Township and the Hinchinbrook Harbour Public Boat Ramp, call Cardwell Taxi on 0409 744 915 for a free pick up.

CLICK to download/view a PDF of times for George Point.

Once you have completed your online booking, go to our “Links Section” to print off the Thorsborne Trail Map and Track Notes. Once we have processed your booking, we will email you a Booking Advice for confirmation, please check your “Junk Mail” if you have not received it within 48 hours.

For your hiking supplies, you can call Hinchinbrook Hiking on 0458 016 187. You can either buy or hire hiking gear. Visit: for all the information and Frequently Asked Questions on the Thorsborne Trail.

Only one booking & one payment.
Because we operate to BOTH ENDS of the Trail, you only have to make ONE BOOKING and ONE PAYMENT, and we will look after all your transfers to and from the Thorsborne Trail.


Ramsay BayIf you are walking north to south we take you to the Ramsey Bay boardwalk at the northern end of the Thorsborne Trail to begin your trail. We then pick you up at George Point at the southern end by ferry when you have completed the trail.

If you are interested in doing the walk south to north, we will still look after all your transfers, but obviously just in reverse.

These packages are popular with self drive, bus and train travelers for the security of parking, close access to the main Bruce Highway and bus and train terminals in Cardwell.

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For those wanting to start at Cardwell and finish at Lucinda (or vice versa) we offer the *COMPLETE ONE DIRECTION TRANSFER PACKAGE @ $170 / Adult*

This Package allows you to start your walk at Cardwell, be transferred to the Northern End at Ramsay Bay, hike to the Southern End to George Point and then be transferred to Lucinda. Of course, you have the choice to reverse this and start at Lucinda, transfer to George Point, do your hike to the Northern End at Ramsay Bay then transfer to Cardwell.

(Please note that the One Direction Package does not include any bus transfers if wanting to return to the same mainland departure point, and it is your responsibility to arrange your bus transfers)

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For those wanting to start and finish at the same end eg Start and finish at Ramsey Bay OR start and finish at George Point we offer the *** COMPLETE ONE END ONLY RETURN TRANSFER PACKAGE – Northern End @ $160 / Adult – Southern End @ $140 / Adult ***

These packages are suitable for hikers wanting to either walk part of the Thorsborne Trail or climb Mt Bowen.

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Begin and end your Thorsborne adventure at Cardwell
Because our Complete Round Trip Transfer Package leaves from and returns you to Cardwell, you enjoy the convenience of leaving your vehicle at Hinchinbrook Harbour car park awaiting your return.
Cardwell, the Hinchinbrook Channel & Island

Cardwell is right on the main north/south Bruce Highway making it so accessible and convenient either by car or the major bus or train companies. The main north/south Brisbane to Cairns rail link also runs beside the town. The travel options are many and varied, without the need for a long detour off the highway.

Cardwell offers many different styles of accommodation, eateries, supermarkets, shops, services and leisure activities.There are also many natural attractions within and around Cardwell including fresh water swimming holes, waterfalls, scenic drives, National Parks and walking tracks.

Hinchinbrook Hiking Gear offer a range of scenic tours in and around the Cardwell area. Visit for more information or phone 0458 016 187.

NOTE: The boat transfers to and from George Point and Cardwell are subject to changes to time and inclement weather. 

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NOTE: It is your responsibility to book and obtain Camping Permits for the Thorsborne Trail. For much more information, including maps and track notes about the Thorsborne Trail, and to Book Permits go to the Department of National Parks website.

The Complete Round Trip Transfer Package is subject to weather and tide, and departs and returns to Hinchinbrook Harbour, Cardwell. See our “Find Us in Cardwell” page for directions.

The Complete One Direction Transfer Package departs or returns to Lucinda and Cardwell. See our “Find Us in Lucinda” page for directions.

Walker on Ramsay Bay beach

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