NOTE:   We can transfer you to/from Ramsay Bay (Northern end) and George’s Point (South End of Thorsborne Trail).  You may prefer to use us for your transfers because whether you walk north-south or south-north, you can leave your vehicle in Lucinda where there is safe parking, and we manage both water-borne parts of your journey.  (We are the first ferry service to implement this more scenic, convenient, and cost-effective transfer for Thorsborne trail walkers).
(Yes, we will pick up and return to Cardwell, but CONDITIONS APPLY)

Cancellation Policy

We give a full refund for whatever reason that you cannot hike the trail. **(see Note below)

However, you must cancel your camping permit for the dates you have previously booked well before your departure as it is imperative that other people have the chance to fill vacated positions on the trail.

Our cancellation policy is aligned with Parks & Wildlife.  You then need to forward your confirmation email of your cancellation from National Parks to Absolute North Charters at least TWO FULL DAYS (48 hours) BEFORE your booked departure in order to be eligible for a refund.

If National Parks themselves close the park we waive the need for you to forward their cancellation confirmation.
There is a fixed number of permits issued for people allowed on the trail at any given time. So please consider other people's desire to hike the trail in the event you need to cancel.


**Note: Trail RUNNERS:

Due to the fact that Trail Runners do not need a Thorsborne Trail permit to run the Thorsborne Trail which means they do not contribute to the upkeep of the Thorsborne Trail, they are exempt from our very generous refund policy for hikers that actually have a permit. Therefore NO REFUNDS will be given to Thorseborne Trail runners under any circumstances.


Check Permit Availability
  1. Click Here to open the Parks Permits area. Opens in a new tab so you can refer back here for further instructions
  2. Ignore the first row, and go to Select park.  Tip: type "hinc" into the field and you can easily select "Hinchinbrook Island NP, Thorsborne Trail" (but not "Hinchinbrook Island National Park")
  3. Select your preferred start date
  4. Hit "Search"
  5. Scroll down and click on the Green Button that says "Check Availability"
  6. A popup will appear showing 3-14 days depending on your device, starting with the date you selected. Find your preferred dates that are available, or change the date and hit the search button.  Proceed to booking when you find "your" dates.

"Thorsborne Trail" App...

This is the ONLY app for hikers either walking or thinking of walking the iconic Thorsborne Trail.

Click/Tap Here for more details

Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play

Department track notes - Tide charts - GPS tracking - Water sources - Tidal creek crossings.  And many other features.

Don't leave home without it!

Simply choose your preferred transfer and click on the plus symbol. (+)

For Cardwell transfers, CONDITIONS APPLY so enquire first.

Note: If you want ONLY Ferry Transfer, this is your page.
If your choice is self-drive and you need accommodation, visit our Links and Resources page for a great selection
PLB (Personal Life Beacon) and Gas also available (Use our Contact page for PLB & Gas enquiries)


  • Thorsborne Trail Hiking Permits – the “Check Permit Availability” button is your entry to the “Parks” website, with full instructions on how to book the right place and the right dates.

  • Transport: Shuttle Bus, Hire Cars – free long term parking, Greyhound and Premier Coach services, Rail links.

  • Ferry Transfer queries

Call or Text John (he’s often on the water, so Text is good):
0419 712 577
(international +61 419 712 577)

or email

The easiest way to get onto the Thorsborne Trail is with Absolute North Charters

A short time after booking, you should receive a confirmation email from, subject is “Your Booking – Thorsborne Trail Transfer” with the details of your booking.

This confirmation email contains a link to the pickup time information for your booking.

IMPORTANT!  If you don’t see it, please check your Spam and Trash folders.

Thorsborne Trail Return Transfers

Start from Lucinda, walk North to South, return to Lucinda (Recommended) - $193

Outbound: Lucinda to Ramsay Bay
Inbound: George Point to Lucinda

  • ADULT (17+) $193
  • CHILD (5-16) $180
  • Toddler (0-4) Free
  • Recommended: the most enjoyable and cost-effective way to experience the Thorsborne Trail
Start from Lucinda, walk South to North, return to Lucinda - $193

Outbound: Lucinda to George Point
Inbound: Ramsay Bay to Lucinda

  • ADULT (17+) $193
  • CHILD (5-16) $180
  • Toddler (0-4) Free
Lucinda to South end and return South to Lucinda - $132

Outbound: Lucinda to George Point
Inbound: George Point to Lucinda

Suits short-term hikers to Mulligans Falls & Zoe Bay

  • ADULT (17+) $132
  • CHILD (5-16) $122
  • Toddler (0-4) Free

Day Trips

Day Trips - $180

Lucinda to ???
??? to Lucinda

  • Adult (17+)  $180
  • Child (5-16)  $150
  • Toddler (0-5) Free

Please contact John before booking a Day Trip, as tides and weather make each trip different, and John would like to explain to you how the trip works for your chosen date.

Click “Other Trips” below for phone, email and convenient form for contact.

Other Trips

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If you have not found the transfer you were looking for, please contact us.

We often put together special packages for researchers, school groups, etc.

Chances are we can work out something to help you.

Email: Email John

Phone or SMS (text message): 0419 712 577

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