This diary is one part of a 5 part information guide/review/blog in walking the Thorsborne trail on Hinchinbrook island. I have linked the other parts below for your reference.
- A practical guide to walking the trail – Click to open this guide
- A video log of our preparation and time on the island (see video below)
- A diary blog on our adventure – This post
- Detailed trail notes which you can download and print – Click this link to find out more
What to pack guide for your trip (Coming soon…check back over the next few weeks)
With our rucksacks packed and every inch of our bodies covered in bug spray, we got picked up from the jetty in front of our accommodation. We were instantly mesmerised by the stunning scenery of this area as we headed north up the Hinchinbrook channel, with the island on our right hand side for the majority of the 75km trip. The impressive towering peaks of Mt Straloch, Diamantina and Bowen the highest at 1121m were clearly in view on this stunningly sunny warm day. We looked out across the water at Nina Peak, which was to be our first side trip challenge at 312m, as this wilderness hike suddenly became really real.
We then headed inland and up to the saddle until we reached a small clearing to start our hike up Nina Peak. The climb is a must on a good day as the views from the top were absolutely stunning. We found one of our fellow walkers from Tassie hat at the top of the Nina which we reunited as he was climbing back up to fetch it. There were gorgeous orange flowers on the granite slabs of Nina with lots of amazing views not only at the top, but as you hike up. We did a lot of chatting to other walkers as we climbed which was nice.
We rounded off the night by cooking steak which we served with herb bread and blue cheese while watching the sunset. It’s a little bit of a luxury and effort to bring in fresh food, but we think its worth as we enjoy cooking and eating.
There was another stunning sunset, made even more impressive by the prescribed burn taking place on Mt. Bowen. The whole mountain was lit up and glowing, it was stunning.
You are truly spoilt for sunrises on the island and today was no exception with a stunning pink stripy sky.
We had a repeat of yesterdays breakfast before climbing up to the top of Zoe Falls. A handy rope helps you up the final steep section and after a few more metres you arrive at the iconic Zoe Falls with stunning views across the bay. No picture I have seen of the falls does this place justice, it’s breathtaking and we spent about an hour here playing in the various pools, before tackling the rest of the day. Be super careful as the rocks are very slippy and accidents have happened here.
Today was the shortest easiest day of the hike, we had plenty of time to hang out at Mulligan falls, before a short walk through the bush crossing 5 creeks and then an easy 5km along the hard sandy beach of Mulligan Bay. There was one tidal crossing but due to the tides and time of year it caused us no issues, apart from Rich having to take his boots off for the first time on this trip. We kept our boots off for the rest of the hike to George Point.
What a hike, what an adventure…..if your thinking of doing it, book your permit, accommodation and transfer NOW!!!
Sarah & Rich x
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