On April 2022, Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Visitor Information Centre were celebrating its 16th birthday. What an amazing achievement considering that this centre is purely run by volunteers! This visitor centre is offering more than just information.
Located at 142 Victoria St, Cardwell, right on the waterfront in the heart of Cardwell, you won't miss this place as it has two big green frogs by the entrance. These big green frogs are prominently visible to catch the eye of the passing motorist. The big green frogs are an emblem of the Great Green Way Tourism Incorporation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes outstanding natural beauty lying between Townsville and Cairns in Far North Queensland.
This centre provides lots of interpretive information about Cardwell, Hinchinbrook Island and Channel and the surrounding areas. A larger-than-life vivid sculptural display, such as mangrove roots and barramundi, a replica of Cardwell jetty, and a big eel called Mubaraay in the local language, will take the visitor on an enchanted journey as the history and structure of the peoples, landscape and wildlife are told.
You can also find printed material about Queensland National Parks, native local flora & fauna, walking trails and issues camping permits. The Centre also offers a computerised information kiosk to allow direct online access to National Parks bookings and inquiries.
Even though the centre offers full information by self-tour, nothing can beat knowledge from experienced staff and volunteers here. They are more than willing to share local untold stories with visitors.