The Hinchinbrook hire boat area covers the northern end of Hinchinbrook Island, Gould Island and Hinchinbrook Channel out from Cardwell, down through inside the Hinchinbrook Channel, into Dungeness, out along the 5.7km Lucinda sugar loading jetty, and down to Palm Creek at Forrest Beach.
For the most part, it's within 2 nautical miles from land, and also subject to weather. Should the weather be rough, the beauty of boating in the Hinchinbrook is we have a large area of protected creeks, all throughout the channel, and on super crazy windy days, we have a few creeks just around the corner, where you don't even have to cross the channel.
Below is a photo showing where you'll most likely can go, for all of our licensed vessels. depending on weather conditions.
If you're hiring the unlicensed vessel, click here for more information.
If weather conditions are schmick (less than 10 knots) on the day of your boat hire, you can take the vessels further out, however, there are additional conditions:
Don't let the fact we're discussing an island fool you into thinking it's not that big. The Hinchinbrook Channel is over 50km long, and you will need to keep an eye on your fuel usage.
As we are in a conservation habitat area managed by GBRMPA, there may be some areas where fishing is restricted. Please see the GBRMPA map below for guidance, For our hire boats, this is mainly in the northern end of Hinchinbrook Island.
Note: All hirer's/drivers must be at least 18 years old, show relevant identification, and agree to boat hire terms & conditions, at the safety brief and handover. The number of people on each vessel is determined by AMSA, and not the compliance plate. You need to be mindful of your total weight, including how much you collectively weigh together, plus eskies, spare fuel and extras. Too much weight may impact the performance and safety of the vessel, and/or breach insurance terms.