Located just 1.5 hours north of Townsville and 2 hours south of Cairns with their International and Domestic air terminals, Cardwell is serviced by regular buses and trains, making easy access assured.

Cardwell is the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, Australia's largest island National Park. The island is the dominant feature being just 3km offshore.

This 393 sq. km island lying off the Cardwell coast, halfway between Cairns and Townsville in North Queensland Australia, is Australia's largest island National Park. The island has a rich aboriginal history and was first seen by Europeans in 1770 when Captain Cook sailed past. It is world renowned for the Thorsborne Walking Trail which traverse the island from north to south. People from all over the world venture to take on this natural challenge.

Its rugged skyline is dominated by 1142m Mt. Bowen which towers over a rainforest wilderness, mangrove-lined shores and spectacular golden sandy ocean beaches.

Cardwell Central Backpackers is conveniently situated close to the Bus Terminal, Country Club (golf course and lawn bowls), shops, Pub, main highway and beach.

We specialise in finding work for visiting travellers and backpackers in fruit picking on local farms.