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Published October 7th 2021
The rugged beauty of Cape Hillsborough
Cape Hillsborough is a rugged scenic park with rainforest, beaches and amazing volcanic rock formations. There are many activities for visitors including bushwalking, camping, wildlife spotting, photography, fishing and, of course, enjoy nature.
The park is important for the conservation of a range of plants community like rainforest, hoop pine forest, melaleuca woodland, eucalyptus and casuarina woodland, mangroves and saltpans. There are six species of kangaroos and wallabies in the park, other mammals, many tropical birds, like the orange footed scrub fowl, reptiles and amphibians.
The Yuibera people lived in the area for thousands of years living off the land. The Aboriginal people used to collect shellfish and roast them on open fire. Today it is still possible to see discarded shells in the park. Also, there are archaeological remains of a trap for fish made up with rocks, stone fireplaces, pieces of ochre probably brought from other area and a few artefacts in stone.
Remains of a trap for fish made with rocks, Yuibera Plant Trail. Photo by Author.
It was James Cook who named Cape Hillsborough during his voyage up the Queensland coast in 1770. Cape Hillsborough was named after the Earl of Hillsborough, a member of the English Parliament. The European settlement of the area began in 1867, when settlers McBryde and Finlayson selected 400 ha for breeding cattle.
The national park camping side is Smalleys Beach, accessible by conventional vehicle. Smalleys Beach camping site is located near Smalleys Beach on Ball Bay.
Unwind and relax and soak up the magic of the place. You can have your car near the tent or camp with your caravan. The beautiful beach is only a few metres away and you can have long walks or try to catch a fish.
The rainy season is between December and March; the winters are mild with temperatures from 13 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius. Summers are hot, between 23 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius. Beware of estuarine crocodiles and stinging jellyfish. You need to be SunSmart and protect yourself from the sun all year around.