The Thorsborne Trail

2 days to 5 days

28.7 km
oneway

↑ 793 m
↓ -791 m

Hard track
Starting from the boardwalk on Hinchinbrook Island, this multi-day walk takes you to George Point Campsite, visiting Nina Peak, Banksia Campsite and Mulligan Falls along the way. This walk is one of the well-known walks that allow bushwalkers to traverse in between different settings through their journey and is pretty suitable for adventurous spirits that want to isolate themselves a little while enjoying the island's natural habitat. You can walk along the pristine beaches and enter lush forests, including dense mangroves and tall eucalyptus. It is also possible to encounter wildlife as the area is relatively remote and untouched. There are commercial ferries that arrive at the boardwalk, and it is also possible to use private ones. The greatest time to visit the area is between April and September as the walk can be more demanding during summer. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start Ramsay Bay Boardwalk (-18.3111454,146.2720261)
Mode Ferry
Finish George Point campsite (-18.4849119,146.3252661)
Mode (end) Ferry  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Ramsay Bay Boardwalk Start heading along Thorsborne Trail (a walking track).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This optional side trip takes you to Nina Peak, where you will get to see the vast ocean along with the greenery. To start this optional side trip veer right here. On returning from this side trip turn sharp right when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 2.7 km veer left, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 1.2 km pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 115 m come to the "Nina Bay".
After another 2.2 km continue straight, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 240 m come to the "Little Ramsay Bay campsite" (10 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (35 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Banksia Bay Campsite. To start this optional side trip turn sharp left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 1.7 km (at the intersection of Thorsborne Trail & Banksia Bay) veer left, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 8.4 km pass the toilet (40 m on your right).
Continue straight, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 155 m come to the "Zoe Bay Campsite".
Continue straight, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 460 m continue straight, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 650 m pass the "Zoe Falls" (40 m on your right).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to the Sunken Reef Bay campsite (on a beach). To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip veer left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 3.7 km (at the intersection of Thorsborne Trail & Sunken Reef Bay) veer right, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 1.2 km come to the "Mulligan Falls campsite" (55 m on your left).
After another 100 m pass the toilet (15 m on your left).
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to Mulligan Falls and back. To start this optional side trip turn left here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
Veer right, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 60 m veer right, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
After another 6.1 km come to "George Point campsite".
Continue another 0 m to find George Point campsite at the end.

This side trip takes you to the Banksia Bay Campsite.
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Banksia Bay & Thorsborne Trail Start heading along Banksia Bay (a walking track).
After another 380 m come to "Banksia Bay campsite".
Continue another 0 m to find Banksia Bay campsite at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 380 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to the Sunken Reef Bay campsite (on a beach).
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Sunken Reef Bay & Thorsborne Trail Start heading along Sunken Reef Bay (a walking track).
After another 930 m come to "Sunken Reef Bay campsite".
Continue another 0 m to find Sunken Reef Bay campsite at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 930 m to the main route.

This side trip takes you to Mulligan Falls and back.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Thorsborne Trail.
Find the toilet at the start.
After another 100 m come to the "Mulligan Falls campsite".
Continue straight, to head along Thorsborne Trail.
About 40 m past the end is "Mulligan Falls".
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 165 m to the main route.

This optional side trip takes you to Nina Peak, where you will get to see the vast ocean along with the greenery.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 570 m come to "Nina Peak".
Continue another 0 m to find Nina Peak at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 570 m to the main route.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

The Thorsborne Trail


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 28.7 km
Time 2 days to 5 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Moderate level of bushwalking experience recommended (4/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 7 on route, on average they are 4 km apart with the largest gap of 8.9 km.

Toilet: There are 4 on route, on average they are 5.7 km apart with the largest gap of 10.1 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
3.8 km[toilet]
Camp site
4 kmNina Bay
Toilet
6.4 km[toilet]
Camp site
6.4 kmLittle Ramsay Bay campsite
Camp site
8.1 km + 400 mBanksia Bay campsite
Toilet
16.5 km[toilet]
Camp site
16.6 kmZoe Bay Campsite
Camp site
21.3 km + 990 mSunken Reef Bay campsite
Camp site
22.5 kmMulligan Falls campsite
Toilet
22.6 km[toilet]
Camp site
28.8 kmGeorge Point campsite
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