South Shepherd Bay Track

1 h 45 min to 3 h

6.8 km
return

↑ 143 m
↓ -143 m

Moderate track
Starting from South Macushla Campsite, Hinchinbrook Island, this walk takes you to South Shepherd Bay and back. You can traverse through the rainforests in Kirkville Hills and observe the wildlife during your journey. The area is host to dugongs, skinks and wild birds that you can encounter or look for as you continue along. The beautiful Shepherd Bay welcomes you with open views of the ocean. If you visit the area during summer, do not forget to take a dip or walk barefoot along the bay. The path has a significant amount of shade, but you can still bring plenty of water with you as it is situated in a remote area. 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
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Start (-18.2278101,146.219877)
Mode Special (You can access the starting point via a private vessel (a boat or a kayak).)
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Track Notes
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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 South Shepard Bay Track & North Shepherd Bay Track a.k.a. Macushla to Cape Richards) continue straight, to head along South Shepard Bay Track.
Continue another 1.9 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 3.4 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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South Shepherd Bay Track


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 6.8 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 3 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.3 km apart with the largest gap of 6.2 km.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 2.3 km apart with the largest gap of 6.2 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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