Head east from Ingham to discover some truly stunning tropical beaches and some of the best fishing on the planet.
Travelling out of town to the beaches you will see Victoria Mill, the largest sugar mill in the Southern Hemisphere. The mill recycles its waste product into energy through an electricity generating plant which feeds power back into the electricity grid.
Catch some waves at Forrest Beach, 20km east of Ingham. It has a store, modern beachfront hotel with a open air bar, caravan park, boat ramp, stinger net and the surf life-saving club.
There are calmer waters at Taylors Beach further north, a popular fishing spot at the mouth of Victoria Creek, where you will find a caravan park, general store and a boat ramp.
The Hinchinbrook Heritage Trail continues at Halifax, a small community which was once the hub of the Herbert River district. Historic building facades and great little pubs sit among the heritage-listed mango trees lining the main street, a reminder of the town’s heyday. Lay your hands on the Halifax’s Tree of Knowledge to absorb its secrets and learn more at the Herbert River Museum and Gallery.
Lucinda has access to some unrivalled fishing experiences, long sandy beaches and stunning scenery. This is the perfect destination for fishermen and their families. If photography is more your thing then you won't be disappointed, calm waters, golden beaches and a picture-perfect island as a background.
Lucinda has the world's longest offshore sugar loading facility, a jetty that stretches almost 6km out to seas and follows the curve of the earth. Its beach has a stinger net and there is a public walkway along the foreshore. Get some local fish and chips for dinner and enjoy a picnic with a view of Hinchinbrook Island and the channel mouth.
Situated near the southern end of World Heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island, the Lucinda bulk sugar terminal boasts the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. At 5.76 kilometres long, supported by more than 660 concrete and steel pylons, the jetty is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece with its length actually following the curved contour of the earth. Sugar takes 22 minutes to travel along the conveyor from the on-shore storage to the ship loader. The single berth can accommodate fully loaded Panamax class vessels and the major cargo destinations are Canada and Malaysia. The jetty enables Lucinda to receive the largest ships used in the raw sugar trade. Adjacent to this amazing structure is a small service jetty which is popular with anglers who don't have their own boat. Pelagic species such as Spanish mackerel, giant trevally, queenfish, northern bluefin tuna are there for the taking and some anglers have even been lucky enough to land a small black marlin.
A short stroll from Borello Park is an idyllic fishing platform, jutting out into the Hinchinbrook Channel, with a spectacular backdrop of Hinchinbrook Island and surrounds. The perfect place to head with the family to cast a line and take in the scenery.
Situated in the heart of Lucinda, set amongst shady raintrees is the foreshore haven... Borello Park. With direct access to the stunning Lucinda Beach, views of the Lucinda Jetty and diversity of facilities including gas BBQs, picnic shelters, toilets, children's playground, Walking trails, outdoor fitness equipment and large open grass areas.
Dungeness is only minutes from Lucinda and is the perfect departure and arrival port for all ferry transfers for the Thorsborne Trail. Experience the incredible Hinchinbrook Channel and the rugged backdrop of Hinchinbrook's mist bound peaks as you journey to the Thorsborne Trailhead at Ramsay Beach. And when you've finished the walking trail, enjoy a short ten-minute ferry run back from George's Point and straight into a hot shower, before enjoying a cold brew, a great meal and a good nights rest. For more information visit Absolute North Charters
Discover the magic of Hinchinbrook Island with a day trip to stunning Zoe Bay, Mulligans Falls or a full circumnavigation tour! For more information visit Absolute North Charters
A four-lane all tidal boat ramp is located at Dungeness along with a large parking area and boat wash down area.
A range of boats can be hired from Dungeness. A range of fishing boats can be hired from Ingham Boat Hire. Houseboats can be hired from Hinchinbrook Houseboat Hire
Plunge into the pristine reef of the remote wilderness of Pelorus Island. Multi-day reef trips are available to book through Remote Area Dive
The waters off Dungeness are the ideal destination to watch the annual migration of whales, with a stunning backdrop of Hinchinbrook Island, the Palm Group of Islands and the incredible Lucinda Jetty. To find out more or book a tour visit Townsville Whale Watching
The Lucinda markets are on every second Sunday from May to September.
Win a meat tray or a bag of prawns. Soak up the relaxing casual atmosphere. Enjoy the music; Indulge in a coffee, hot food, seaside views; Entertain the children (playground); Stroll the beach; Browse the 30+ stalls.
The Herbert River annual agricultural show promotes the talents of local school children, citizens, recreational and sporting clubs. From Sweets and Preserves to Horse Sports, our show has it all. Sideshow alleys are always a favourite as well as the spectacular fireworks lighting up the night sky. Family Passes, Pension Passes and Pre sold ride tickets will be on sale prior to the show commencing. Get in early to purchase these as they will not be available at the Main gates. Parking is available on site and access is through the entrance at Morehead Street.
Ingham’s iconic Italian cultural experience, featuring homemade Italian cuisine, Italian wine, world-class entertainment on two large stages, cooking competitions, spaghetti eating competitions, grape stomping competitions, a large variety of food & market stalls and Italian art and history. There are lots of free amusement rides, other entertainment and hands-on fun.