Cape Hillsborough National Park

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Cape Hillsborough National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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View across the beach front and bay at Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough National Park is located in Queensland
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Nearest town or cityMackay
Coordinates20°53′56″S 148°59′37″E / 20.89889°S 148.99361°E / -20.89889; 148.99361Coordinates: 20°53′56″S 148°59′37″E / 20.89889°S 148.99361°E / -20.89889; 148.99361
Area10.22 km2 (3.95 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesQueensland Parks and Wildlife Service
WebsiteCape Hillsborough National Park
See alsoProtected areas of Queensland

Cape Hillsborough is a national park in Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia.[1]


The park is 837 km northwest of Brisbane. The park is a peninsula of volcanic origin, covered largely by rainforest; the maximum elevation is 267 m. The cape at the tip of the peninsula was named by Lieutenant James Cook during his first voyage to the Pacific in 1770; the name is in honour of Wills Hill, Earl of Hillsborough who was President of the Board of Trade and Plantations from 1765 to 1765.[2] The nearest major town is Mackay, about 40 km to the southeast.

The park is located within the O'Connell River water catchment area and the Central Mackay Coast bioregion.[3]

On National Parks Day 2010 (Sunday, 28 March 2010) the Queensland State Government announced the addition of 204 hectares to the park.


There are approximately 140 birds, 22 mammals, 25 reptiles and 8 amphibians that have been identified at the park.[4]

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  1. ^ "Cape Hillsborough National Park - Mackay Region (entry 6126)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ Beaglehole, J.C., ed. (1968). The Journals of Captain James Cook on His Voyages of Discovery, vol. I:The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768–1771. Cambridge University Press. p. 335. OCLC 223185477.
  3. ^ "Cape Hillsborough National Park". Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Cape Hillsborough National Park: Nature, culture and history". Parks and Forests. Queensland Government. Retrieved 16 August 2018.