John, Please accept my complete thanks for, once again, making our annual Thorseborne trip such an enjoyable success. You inspire so much confidence with your local knowledge of the island and its waterways. It is difficult to express the high amount of gratitude I have for the service you provide and the way you do it. It is like every passenger is a life-long friend. Your details and knowledge are exceptional. Our little crew can only verify the endorsements that everyone has for you and your service. As my daughter has said, the Thorseborne 'glow' remains for many days (weeks??) after the trip and you are an essential part of that. See you again in August!!!
Thorseborne 'glow' remainsJim Fitzgerald, Townsville
This adventure was the highlight of our trip. John went above and beyond in his service and personal dedication to ensuring we had an amazing time. He is a wealth of knowledge about the area and also very passionate about wildlife. We loved our time with him and were blown away by the beauty of the island. Couldn't recommend Absolute north charters highly enough. Great local experience. Thanks for an incredible time- Matt and Steph. Visited March 2016
Best memoriesMatt and Steph 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Great chartering service! John helped with transportation to the island, met up with us on our last night, we went crabbing and then he took us to Lucinda. My mum and I had such a fantastic time on Hinchinbrook Island. With the help of John our trekking and our stay on the Island was that much more enjoyable than it would have been. His advice and help really made our holiday. I would recommend going between May and October though, we went during the Wet Season and it was a bit too hot. Despite this we still had a really great trip with memories that we will remember forever.
Trip of a life timeArabellahoo 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Excellent service from John at Absolute North Charters. Not only did he take us to the northern start of the Thorsborne trail, he provided us with local information regarding tides and water sources and other valuable information for walking the trail, which we could not get from Queensland National Parks. I would thoroughly recommend using Absolute North for transfer to northern start of Thorsborne trail if you want safe and successful walk. -- Visited September 2015
Northern transfer to hinchinbrook island for Thorsborne TrailJulie 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
We had hoped to do Thorsborne trail but didn't end up fitting into our holiday, so John offered to take us around the island on the boat so we could still experience Hinchinbrook. He's a fantastic character with a wealth of knowledge and passion about area. Experienced the area like a local and such an amazing day! Already planning to come back in September to do the trail. A truly stunning Island 🙂 -- Visited July 2015
Fantastic local experience!!Hannah M 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
The Thorsborne Trail at Hinchinbrook Island is spectacular. The best way to go to one part of the trail and come back from the other side to the same point is going from Lucinda to the north part of the trail with Absolute North Charters, and then come back from the south part again to Lucinda with other companies. You save time, and more important, the money of the bus/taxi. John was very nice and made a lot of helpful comments about the trail (safety, where to swim, where there was mobile signal, water...)
The best and cheapest way to go to the north part of Hinchinbrook Island trailJavier Z 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
We visited Hinchinbrook Island over the Easter weekend following a friend's recommendation, and were devastated when we missed our bus from Cairns. John was very flexible and accommodating - we booked ourselves onto the next bus (couple of hours later) and John was more than happy to take us over that afternoon. I'm pretty sure other companies would have just taken our money. We were so glad that our itinerary wasn't ruined because of us stupidly missing our bus. The boat ride over with John was scenic and enjoyable, and we loved hearing about his personal experiences about growing up in the area (and playing with crocs!!). I usually wouldn't have much to say about a boat transfer, but John really made our holiday. I would happily recommend him to anyone wanting to visit Hinchinbrook Island and wanting a more personalised and non-touristy experience.
Best way to experience Hinchinbrook IslandAnna L 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
To say this was an important trip for me is a bit of an understatement. Twenty years ago I went through an ordeal on Hinchinbrook Island that cost me both legs... I contacted John about a 20 year anniversary trip and I have to say I couldn't have been in better hands. John is a Hinchinbrook local, and I doubt there is anyone with more knowledge on the island and surrounds. Trust me, just go with John. You won't be disappointed. Whether it's to get you over for the Thosborne Trail, or to simply camp on the island like we did, John is your guy.
Just Awesome!Warren M 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
Our family of 4 booked Absolute North Chartrs to take us to & from Hinchinbrooke Island recently. John was absolutely amazing in the lead up to our trip to walk the Thorsbourne Trail. John gave us valuable advice in the lead up & during our transfer that meant we had a safe and enjoyable trip. His knowledge of the island, tides and conditions is amazing! We can thank him enough for his advice & great service. Thanks John & Jason - you guys are amazing!
The best Hinchinbrook Island transfer - excellent service!Helen S 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I can't recommend John, owner and operator of Absolute North Charters enough. His enthusiasm and attention to detail in ensuring you have the best Thorsborne Trail experience is exceptional. John ensures you are equipped and prepared for all possibilities on Hinchinbrook island. He knows the trail difficulties, highlights and assists with tide conditions so you are able to cross creeks at the best times. Even offering mobile phone coverage spots. My son (6 1/2) and I complete the walk from Ramsay Bay to Zoe Bay at Easter and in wet conditions. Our walk would have been much more difficult without the support and information provided by John. Thanks John from Fleur and Arkady.
Hinchinbrook Island and Thorsborne TrailFleur C 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
John is a good bloke who went over and above his duty in checking after a mother and her 6 yr old kid who were on the track at the same time as us. He gave us lots of helpful local knowledge, like where to find phone reception on the track. When we mid-walk decided to finish the track in 3 instead of 4 days, he helpfully accommodated us. The boat ride is wet, but the view is great. Tip- don't do the walk in the wet season like we did. -- Visited April 2017
Great Thorsborne transferDavid O 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
My friend and I had two ferry options for our four day trek along Hinchinbrook Island's Thornsborne Trail: 1. The expensive and inexperienced option 2. The cheaper and very experienced option. Which do you think we chose? - Absolute North Charters (run by the very brilliant John Schmidt) was the perfect way to get from Lucinda to the top north part of the trail, Ramsay Point. Actually, he is so good, that he will let you go any which way you chose, wether that's from south to south, or south to north. Or north to south. It doesn't matter, because John has no limits when it comes to picking you up and dropping you off. He will even let you tailor your timings according to when you plan to start / finish the trail. But it wasn't the flexibility that impressed us the most (or the fact he is the cheapest out of the only two companies that run a ferry business to the island). It was his knowledge of the island and the advice and support he could give us before hopping off that boat on to the beast that is Hinchinbrook Island. John has walked this island during every season, all year round. He knows all the hidden treasures along the trail, secret short cuts (if you really need to know them, but we'd advise to stick to the path for the fun of it). He knows what forests will be difficult, what swamps you'll want wade quickly through, and what waters you'll want to avoid. He can prepare you for the worst as well as the best. But mainly, he makes you feel more than well prepared for the whole thing, which really set us on a high before starting the trail. This is not just the top option to get to Hinchinbrook Island, it's the top thing to do in Lucinda in general.
THE BEST. THE ONLY OPTION for Hinchinbrook IslandIan R 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
We needed a transfer to Hichinbrook Island as we were completing the Thorsborne trail for 5 day, and this company was the cheapest and the most flexible, so we picked it and booked online. John is just super friendly, knowledgeable about the place, and really cares about the all area and its future. Will definitively come back and do some volunteer beach pick-ups with him, or for some whale watching in the winter ! Thanks heaps for making our Hinchinbrook experience unforgettable 🙂 best of luck for everything. -- Visited October 2016
Awesome transfert to Hinchinbrook IslandMarie C 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
We booked a return transfer through Absolute North Charters when we recently did the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island. John was very knowledgeable about the hike and the island and its surroundings. We could not have asked for better service! Thanks John!!! We'll certainly spread the word! -- Visited October 2016
Best transfer for Hinchinbrook IslandKaren M 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
I recently walked the Thorsborne Trail with 8 friends. We are all middle aged with differing levels of fitness and had never attempted anything like this before. John from Absolute North Charters not only provided excellent value for money in terms of our transfers but offered helpful information to guide us on the trail. He offered encouragement and instilled confidence in our group to not only finish the trail but to enjoy the experience. He entertained us with stories of his experiences around Hinchinbrook and gave us information on the history of the trail. The end result is we fninshed the trail with some great memories and lots of laughs. Highly recommend Absolute North Charters for your Hinchinbrook experience! -- Visited September 2016
Thorseborne trailKathleen S 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
We could not be happier to have chosen Absolute North Charters for our transfer to the Hinchinbrook Island from Lucinda bay to the northern start of the walking trail at Hinchinbrook Island. The service was excellent and went beyond the usual expected. John even helped us to organize a gas bottle for our hike since we had not enough time to do it ourselves. He has got a lot of local knowledge which he is happy to share while doing the transfer to the island. We hope he will get the permit soon to also pick up hikers at the southern end of the walking track at George point. Lucinda is a great starting point to go onto the hike of Hinchinbrook Island, there are a few options of Motels around if you need to stay somewhere the night before you go on the hike. Thanks again for this great experience! -- Visited July 2016
Thorsborne TrailMichaela & Christian 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
John provided us with a transfer to HInchinbrook Island, picking us up from Lucinda. His local knowledge of the Thorsborne trail and the Island itself was unmatched by other operators. Friendly, punctual, and brimming with local knowledge. Instead of offering a complimentary cold soft drink on a winter's day, he offered my partner a complimentary warm jacket. Highly Recommend! -- Visited June 2016