Macushla to Cape Richards

1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min

5.6 km
oneway

↑ 146 m
↓ -154 m

Moderate track
Starting from South Macushla Campsite, Hinchinbrook Island, this walk takes you to Cape Richards and back. The area hosts orange-footed scrub fowls and different rainforest pigeons, which makes it suitable for birdwatching enthusiasts. Additionally, you can enjoy the tranquillity as you step on the track and see the open beach views. After you have a peaceful walk along the coastline, arrive at Cape Richards and enjoy the pristine beach, where it is possible to fish, swim and surf with calm tides. You might want to take plenty of water as there is not a lot of shade along the track. 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 (-18.2278101,146.219877)
Mode Special (You can access the starting point via a private vessel (a boat or a kayak).)
Finish (-18.1942016,146.223417)
Mode (end) Special   (You can access the starting point via a private vessel (a boat or a kayak).)
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards.
Find the South Macushla at the start.
Campsite managed byParks and Wildlife Service. There is a fee to use this campsite.
Then pass the toilet (30 m on your right).
After another 40 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
After another 510 m come to the "North Macushla" (10 m on your right).
Campsite managed byParks and Wildlife Service. There is a fee to use this campsite.
After another 40 m pass the toilet (9 m on your right).
After another 830 m (at the intersection of North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards & South Shepard Bay Track) veer left, to head along North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards.
After another 3.8 km turn right, to head along North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This side trip takes you to another viewpoint that offers you panoramic views to the east, visiting Orchid Beach along the way. To start this optional side trip turn right here. On returning from this side trip continue straight when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 80 m turn left.
After another 210 m come to a viewpoint.
The end.

This side trip takes you to another viewpoint that offers you panoramic views to the east, visiting Orchid Beach along the way.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards.
After another 630 m continue straight, to head along North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards.
After another 40 m come to a viewpoint.
The end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 670 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Macushla to Cape Richards


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 5.6 km
Time 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.9 km apart with the largest gap of 5 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 1.9 km apart with the largest gap of 5 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
50 m[toilet]
Camp site
65 mSouth Macushla
Camp site
600 mNorth Macushla
Toilet
640 m[toilet]
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