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Cardwell, QLD

Situated on the waterfront of the Northern entrance to the Hinchinbrook Channel, Cardwell is a small town with all civic facilities and a great retail centre. It is the oldest town in Tropical North Queensland and was founded in 1864.

Cardwell is renowned for its great fishing, crabbing, prawning and natural attractions. Cardwell is also situated adjacent to two World Heritage areas – the Great Barrier Reef to the east and the Wet Tropics Rainforest to the west.

Distance from Brisbane (State Capital): 1,536 kilometres.

Nearest Airport: Townsville Aiport

Cardwell Jetty

Where to stay?


  • 18-35's
  • Active
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Eco Tourism
  • Environmental
  • Nature based
  • Self-Drive
  • Island

Popular Activities

  • Off Road Driving
  • Bird Watching
  • Bush Walking
  • Canoeing
  • Cruising
  • Driving
  • Golfing
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • National Park
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Rainforest
  • Wilderness
  • Wildlife
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Fishing - Beach
  • Beach
  • Fishing - Deep Sea
  • Fishing - Estuary
  • Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • White Water Rafting

About Cardwell

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Cardwell Postcode: 4849
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef
  • Latitude: -18.26565
  • Longitude: 146.02793
  • Elevation: 9m
  • Population: 1309
  • Median Income: $25532
  • Area (Sq/km): 31.616
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

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