Wedge Island and Cape Hillsborough Beach

1 h 45 min to 4 h

4.4 km
return

↑ 271 m
↓ -271 m

Moderate track
Starting from Risley Parade, Cape Hillsborough, this walk takes you to Wedge Island and back via the Andrews Point Track, letting you explore the island via an isthmus depending on the tide. You’ll be walking along a quite scenic track with a bunch of lookouts that provide you panoramic coastal views, only to find yourself on an isthmus. From here, you can cross the isthmus and explore Wedge Island for a bit. The beach on the west side of the island may give you a different point of view whilst being more secluded than Cape Hillsborough Beach. Speaking of, if you time the tides well, you can actually go back to the start via C.H. Beach and make this a circuit track. Along the beach you’ll have a chance to see some cute little sea turtles and wallabies along with butterflies. Keep in mind that some of the lookouts may be overgrown and provide lesser views. Take extra care in wet sections and keep an eye out for strong currents. 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 At the intersection of Risley Parade & Andrews Point Track (-20.9245647,149.0479426)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Bruce Highway, A1
  • Turn on to Kuttabul-Mount Jukes Road then drive for 10.4 km
  • Turn left onto Yakapari Seaforth Road and drive for another 10 km
  • Turn right onto Cape Hillsborough Road and drive for another 9.8 km
  • Turn left onto Risley Parade and drive for another 65 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Riley Parade(near the hotel/resort), head towards the beach along the Andrew Points Track, then follow the route as it veers right. Follow the treeline(to your left) as you keep the ocean to your left and the road to your right, then stay on the designated track as it takes you deep into the woodland to continue along Wedge Island and Cape Hillsborough Beach Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Risley Parade & Andrews Point Track Start heading along Andrews Point Track (a walking track).
There is water tap (about 140 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 115 m back from the start).
After 710 m come to the "Twin Beaches Lookout" (55 m on your left).
Then come to the "Twin Beaches Lookout" (80 m on your left).
After another 830 m come to the "Turtle Beach Lookout".
After another 145 m turn left, to head along Andrews Point Track.
After another 35 m come to the "Andrews Point Lookout" (25 m on your right).
Continue another 600 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 2.2 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Wedge Island and Cape Hillsborough Beach


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 4.4 km
Time 1 h 45 min to 4 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -115 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-115 m[toilet]
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