How to spend the perfect day at Cape Hillsborough

The sunrise at Cape Hillsborough is breathtaking. Every morning, wallabies and kangaroos come down to the beach, just as the sun rises on this piece of paradise. Trust us, this is a once-in-a-lifetime sight that you must see, regardless of your age.  Here is how you can spend a perfect day at Cape Hillsborough:

Mackay – Cape Hillsborough National Park

Time to complete itinerary: 1 day.

Distance travelled: Approximately 100km round trip.

Total walking time: Approximately 2-4 hours

Start in Mackay

  • Cape Hillsborough National Park is about 50km north-west of Mackay by road.
  • From Mackay, travel north on the Bruce Highway for 20km and turn right onto Yakapari Seaforth Road. Travel a further 20km and turn right onto Cape Hillsborough Road. It is then 10km to the public carpark and the national park entrance.

Sunrise with the wallabies and kangaroos

  • The best time to see Cape Hillsborough Beach is at sunrise, when the wallabies and kangaroos feed on the beach for breakfast. You will get some fantastic photographs if you stand back and let the wildlife do their thing.
  • Explore the tidal rock pools at Cape Hillsborough or go kayaking to Wedge Island, just off the coast. You can walk to the island at low tide along the sandbar.


There are four great bushwalks at Cape Hillsborough National Park ranging from easy to moderate difficulty.

 Diversity Boardwalk – 1.2km return (Grade: Easy)

Appreciate the diverse plant communities and their unique wildlife. This walk also highlights the importance of such diversity for the Yuibera people and their culture.

The first 300m of the walk is accessible to wheelchairs.

Beachcomber Cove Track – 2.2km return (Grade: Moderate)

This track starts from the northern end of the Cape Hillsborough picnic area, and then passes through open eucalypt forest and remnant rainforest. The track ends in Beachcomber Cove, where walkers can enjoy pleasant views from a lookout on top of the ridge.

Yuibera Plant Trail - 1.2 km return (Grade: Easy)

Walk or drive 1.2 km along the gravel road that starts from the southern end of the picnic area beside the resort. Once there, take this self-guiding trail to learn more about the Yuibera people’s traditional use of plants in the area.

Andrews Point Track - 5.2 km return or 2.8 km return via the beach (Grade: Moderate to difficult)

Head to the far right hand side of the beach (when looking out at the ocean) to reach the start of this track. This hike will reward you with spectacular views from several lookouts. At low tide, you can return to Cape Hillsborough picnic area along the beach. At high tide, you will need to retrace your steps along the track.

Food at Cape Hillsborough

  • The Old Station Teahouse serves delicious homemade goods, tea, coffee, and drinks in lush rainforest settings. Try the scones, jam, and cream to tantalise the tastebuds.
  • The Old Station Teahouse is on the Cape Hillsborough Road and is open Thursdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.