What a great coastal village this is. What a surprise and right from the outset be sure to stay at a minimum overnight.

Cardwell is just some 25k’s north of Ingham and is on the coast. Just off Hitchinbrook Island. Cardwell is the destination launch point for campers to stay on Hitchinbrook.

Cardwell, not surprisingly is a north Qld coast growth centre that has continued unabated through the recent economic crises.

The first Europeans settled in the area in January 1864 in order to create a port initially called "Port Hitchinbrook". Subsequently the town was renamed Cardwell after Lord Cardwell, for reasons by the writer remain unknown

Seaward lies the Coral Sea, Great Barrier Reef and Lagoon, Rockingham Bay and the Hitchinbrook Channel. Tropical continental island National Parks are visible from Cardwell.

The Coral Sea Memorial, although hidden is an important visit. Allow plenty of time to read the many plaques that is located in the grounds.

Likewise the Aboriginal Museum; succinct and easy to appreciate.

The Churches in Cardwell are modern.

The Hotel is a well patronized surviving modern structure.

The Museum is represented at the ‘Post Office’ and the Info Office.

The War Memorial has great presence on the coast looking outward to sea.

A surprise and very easy to enjoy.

Diary notes






Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course