Photo: Great Tropical Drive and Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Lucinda is 28 km north east of Ingham – North Queensland Australia.
Street Directory for Lucinda is on page 25 of the Hinchinbrook Informer
Ingham is 110 kms north of Townsville and 240 kms south of Cairns along the Bruce Highway and is the commercial centre of the Hinchinbrook Shire.
Click here for Map of Ingham and the Hinchinbrook Shire
Lucinda has beautiful sandy beaches and is known for being the closest mainland connection to Hinchinbrook Island, the world’s largest island National Park. It is also the closest access point to the renowned Hinchinbrook Channel and is one of the best fishing spots in Queensland. The protected waters of the Hinchinbrook Channel offers anglers almost 365 days a year fishing opportunity
● The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is only about 35 km from Lucinda by boat.
● Lucinda Jetty
Lucinda is home to the longest service jetty in the southern hemisphere. This jetty is an engineering masterpiece. It is 5.76km long and actually follows the curved contour of the earth. The jetty is situated off the beach at Lucinda and is very hard to miss. You cannot access the jetty as it is privately owned, but it can be viewed from the beach at Lucinda. The jetty transports sugar along a conveyer from the Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal to the waiting ships to be exported. This Jetty enables Lucinda to receive the largest ships used in the raw sugar trade.
● Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal
Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal is owned by QSL (Queensland Sugar Limited). They provide integrated storage, shipping and logistics management and is a leader in raw sugar marketing and handling.
● Public Jetty
Lucinda has a smaller service jetty that the public have access to which is very popular with the anglers that don’t have a boat.
● Hinchinbrook Island
Lucinda is the closest access to Hinchinbrook Island, its waterfalls and walking tracks. (see Hinchinbrook Island page for more info)
● 4 Lane Boat Ramp – Dungeness – Lucinda
Four lane concrete boat ramp
With vessel servicing pontoon
Boat wash-down area
Large bitumen/grass – car/trailer parking at boat ramp.
● The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is only about 35 km from Lucinda by boat – with most locals visiting Bramble, Trunk and Bittamart Reefs.
● Walking Tracks at Lucinda
Lucinda has a walking track (1.656km long) along the foreshore that is flat, easy to negotiate through natural reserve with regular beach access offshoots.
Shorter walking track through the Melaleuca Wetlands (ask a local to point you in the right direction)
● Barge Service to Palm Island
Vehicle, Freight and Passenger service from Lucinda to Palm Island operates Monday – Saturday
Palm Island Barge Co. Ph: 07) 47778282
Parks at Lucinda:
Borello Park is a large park with free, well maintained, stainless steel barbeques, various covered bench and table arrangements, play equipment for all ages, exercise stations, beach volley court, open expanses for social cricket matches, toilets, outdoor showers, stairs to access the beach, views to Hinchinbrook Island and the longest service jetty in the southern hemisphere, backs onto Wanderer’s Holiday Village (Caravan Park and cabins) and is adjacent to Lucinda Store famous for its irresistible fish and chips.
Dungeness Park is adjacent to the boat ramp, play equipment for all ages, covered tables and seating, toilets, access to pontoons, views of Hinchinbrook Island and of boats resting on their moorings, across from shop and restaurant – Channel Inn and Accommodation – Hinchinbrook Marine Cove.
Lions Park has a large undercover area with tables and benches, toilets and some play equipment.
Johnson Park is a large open grassed area, shady trees, and absolute beachfront in the quieter residential area of Lucinda.
● Beach access at Lucinda
Maintained vehicle beach access – at the southern end of Patterson parade.
Coral fringed islands offshore from Lucinda:
Orpheus Island National Park features sheltered bays with spectacular fringing reefs. You can gain access to Yanks Jetty which is ideal for snorkelling. Composed of granite and volcanic rocks, Orpheus Island belongs to the chain of continental islands called the Palm Group, located 20km off the Queensland coast. Orpheus Island can be reached by boat. There is no public ferry, but special charters can be arranged. Camping is allowed near Yank’s Jetty, South Beach and Little Pioneer Bay where basic facilities are provided. Freshwater is not available.
Permits for camping need to be obtained from www.qld.gov.au/camping
For more information, click here.
Orpheus Island also has the – Orpheus Island Resort. You must be staying to visit the resort.
Pelorus Island is smaller than Orpheus and is situated just north of the island. Pelorus is surrounded by spectacular fringing reefs which can be accessed by snorkeling right off the beach. Camping is permitted on Pelorus Island, however there are no camping facilities on the island and no freshwater. You are required to take all camping materials with you.
● Boating and Fishing at Lucinda
If going out in a boat you need to be aware of the existence of Transit Lanes and Voluntary Speed Limits in the Hinchinbrook Channel and the Green Zones (no fishing allowed in green zones – be sure to check with the Department of Fisheries Website.
Transit Lanes – Hinchinbrook
Also be aware of seasonal closures for Barramundi and some reef species.
Map of Green Zones
What different Zones mean
• Land based fishing
Lucinda has a fishing Jetty located at the end of the Bulk Sugar Terminal, Wharfs at Dungeness or fishing off the beach.
• Types of fish in the area –
Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Grunter, Spanish Mackerel, Giant Travally, Queenfish, Whiting, Flathead, Black Brim and many more. Mud Crabs and Prawns are also caught in this area.
For anglers who like blue water fishing the Palm Island group offers anglers excellent sport, with Billfish, pelagic and reef species, such as Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Nanygai, Sweetlip and Crayfish commonly caught.
Click here to see Fishing Map for Hinchinbrook Island and Lucinda
• Tides at Lucinda
Lucinda enjoys two high and two low tides within a 24 hour period most days.
Birdwatching is also very popular at our beach areas with extreme diversity of both migratory and resident birdlife including the rare Beach Stone Curlew, Torres Strait Pigeons, Plovers, Black Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Pelicans, Ospreys and the Beach Thicknee’s can be spotted on the sandy headland June to November.
Accommodation at Lucinda – Ingham – North Queensland Australia:
Wanderer’s Holiday Village
Caravan Park/cabins/powered sites and camping
Ph: 07) 47 778 213
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Resort
47 Dungeness Road Lucinda
Ph: 07) 47 778 327
Hinchinbrook Marine Cove Motel
74 Dungeness Road Lucinda
Ph: 07) 47 778 395
Lucinda Point Hotel
Executive rooms, self contained units, budget bunk rooms and a self contained cottage.
Ph: 07) 47 778 103
Lucinda Holiday Rentals
Ph: 0481 311 312
Tour Operators at Lucinda – Ingham – North Queensland Australia:
Absolute North Charters (Transfers to Thorsborne Trail)
Also day trips to Hinchinbrook Island, Mulligans and Zoe Falls
Ph: 0419 712 577
Crackajack SportFishing Adventures
Ph: 07) 47772968 Mob: 0417192318
Hinchinbrook’s Full On Fish’n Charter
• Gift Stores
Lucinda Studios (local craft products) and Evy’s Place
● Take Away/ Fish and Chips at Lucinda
Lucinda Store and Channel Inn
● Restaurants at Lucinda
Lucinda Point Hotel and Channel Inn
• Bait and Tackle
Channel Inn and Lucinda Store
Channel Inn and Lucinda Store
Channel Inn, Lucinda Store, Morley’s Seafood and Wanderers Holiday Village
• Ingham Volunteer Coast Guard
Patterson Parade Lucinda
VHF Channel 16
VHF Channel 81
Every second Sunday May – September
8.00am – 12.00 noon
80 Bruce Parade Lucinda
You pass through the township of Halifax on your way to Lucinda from Ingham. Halifax Has:
Supermarket, Chemist, Paper Shop, Butcher, Library, Service Station, Hotel, Home Brew/Tackle/Bicycle Shop, Museum, Catholic Church and Uniting Church, Police, Ambulance and Fire Brigade and Primary Schools.
See Halifax Page for more details.