Camping permits must be obtained in advance, which can be booked directly through the Environmental Protection Agency office in Cardwell (ph: 07 4066 8601, web: www.qld.gov.au/camping) or Great Green Way Tourism which is located beside the EPA office in the same building. Cost is $5.00 per person per night. Our advice is to speak with Amelia Slade from Great Green Way Tourism (ph: 07 4066 8601 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org). She is the manager of Great Green Way Tourism and is a credible source of information about local conditions on the island and is able to arrange camping permits, ferry and bus bookings and much more. I found Amelia infinitely more knowledgeable than the so called 'ranger' from the EPA office who said the island had plenty of water when it was actually in drought conditions - Wombat! (For those unfamiliar with the Australian wombat please gain enlightenment from the following image: http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1034255246010886751fRZHsx).
Due to high rain fall in the tropics during the wet season during November to March, the most popular time to walk Hinchinbrook Island is during April to September. In heavy rain this walk would become extremely challenging due to the depth and speed of water over multiple creek crossings. Extreme caution would be required following high rainfall, especially if walking with children.
- Cardwell Rangers if you get desperate.
* Thongs (flip flops)
For such a small island 'Hinchy' certainly has a colourful history, with some main points found at http://www.google.com.au/search?q=hinchinbrook+island+history&hl=en&safe=active&rlz=1W1ADBF_en&sa=G&tbs=tl:1&tbo=u&ei=SRXbSoemB42pkAXr8_DDDg&oi=timeline_result&ct=title&resnum=11&ved=0CC8Q5wIwCg