Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cape Hillsborough Prestigious List of Makes Australia's Top 10 Day Walks

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cape Hillsborough Prestigious List of Makes Australia's Top 10 Day Walks

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Byline: Fallon Hudson fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

IF you are lucky enough to have walked along the picturesque Cape Hillsborough walking tracks, you would agree with National Geographic who have named it one of the top walking destinations in Australia.

National Geographic website has listed the top 18 day walks in Australia, with Cape Hillsborough being named in the top 10.

Mackay Tourism destination marketing manager Kat Ringrose said it was a huge achievement to be named in the top 10 walking and hiking tracks in Australia and it came as no surprise to locals who know the National Park well.

"Cape Hillsborough is a truly magical place and one of the most scenic parks along the Queensland coast," she said.

"It features rocky volcanic outcrops, a gold speckled sandy beach and a hoop-pine dotted hillside that plunges towards the sea.

"It's one of the most popular attractions in the region.

"One of the best things is that there are several tracks available, depending on your level of health and fitness, and all are equally as fascinating and beautiful.

"I think there are many locals who haven't yet had the opportunity to experience the park Co particularly those new to the area, its well worth the look."

Ms Ringrose said along with the stunning walking tracks, there is the Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort offering camping, caravans, cabins and motel rooms, Smalleys Beach offering a camping area, great picnic areas, children's playground, and on the way the Old Station Teahouse, a hidden gem where you can relax in the gardens for some tea and wood-fired pizza and feel like you're a world away.

"The Cape Hillsborough area consists of geologically diverse volcanic landscapes.

"Limestone beds laid down in shallow freshwater lakes 33 million years ago contain fossils of ancient turtles and crocodiles. …

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