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"Hinchinbrook Island" Top 5 Page for this destination Australia Things to Do Tip by darthmilmo

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  Hinchinbrook Island as seen from the mainland
by darthmilmo

My first glimpse of Hinchinbrook Is (HI) was from the lookout near Cardwell. The view from the lookout was amazing. You could truly appreciate the beauty of the island from this vantage point. I studied it for in the next few days I would be trekking the infamous Thorsborne Trail. It is separated from the mainland by the narrow Hinchinbrook Channel.

Hinchinbrook Island has a rather unique ecosystem. The island is home to over 25 species of mangrove trees. These trees can live by the ocean and so can handle the salty water. Just to highlight the importance of the number of mangrove trees in the island, let’s just say that the Everglade region in Florida only has 3 species of mangroves! In addition to this forest, the island is home to open heather land woodland, saltpans, tropical rainforest jungle, freshwater swamps, and sloping mountain rock pavements. The island is an important breading ground to many marine, air, and land animals. The waters around the island (Especially on the west) are filled with algae, which is a save heaven to hundreds of nearly-extinct dugong (often called a sea cow, this is a relative to the manatee in North America). It also is the breading ground to several species of sea turtles. On top of that, it's the breading ground to many birds, such as the Beach Thick Knee. The island is also inhabited by salties (salt water crocodile) that make their home on many of the mangrove areas. On the land, you can see plenty of unique kangaroo rats that at times can eat through a tent or backpack in search of food. One of the recent introductions to the island has been the cane toad.

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