Cardwell is a gateway to a surprising number of natural wonders

Conveniently located half-way between the tropical cities of Cairns and Townsville, Cardwell caters to thousands of travellers who pass through each day. To help plan your road trip visit the RACQ trip planner or

One of the best things about the area, is its relaxed, North Queensland lifestyle, where you can still have a yarn with locals in an old Queensland pub, and where farming and fishing are still the dominant way-of-life.

Make time to visit world heritage listed Hinchinbrook Island,  magnificent Wallaman Falls and picturesque Murray Falls.

Cardwell Beachfront Motel is a 10-minute drive from Port Hinchinbrook and only an hour from Mission Beach. Cardwell is renowned for it's fishing and boasts a bowls club, 9 hole golf club, Country Club, olympic-sized swimming  pool and an RSL.  It's a gateway to scenic waterfalls, national parks and much of nature's tropical wonderland.  The Cardwell Beachfront Motel is situated both on the highway, and on the beachfront, a short stroll to the famous pier and within walking distance of a choice of dining options.

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Natural attractions

Cardwell attractions

Nearby attractions

Boating & Fishing

Cardwell events

For up to date events see the Tropical Coast Tourism page.

Cardwell Eateries

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A la carte

  • Waterfront Restaurant and Bar
    Front Street, Hinchinbrook Harbour (07) 4066 2117
    Overlooks Hinchinbrook marina, licensed, modern Australian & European, focus on fresh local produce. 
  • Cardwell Beachcomber
    43A Marine Parade  (07) 4066 8550
    Views to beach, licensed, casual dining, good quality food + takeaway pizzas (Part of tourist park.)

Pub meals

  • Marine Hotel Bistro
    59-61 Victoria St (07) 4066 8662
    Great food at the right price, opposite the beach. Hotel has a courtesy bus Thurs - Sun
  • Cardwell @ the beach Yasi Bar & Grill
    215 Victoria Street (07) 4066 8500
    Indoor and pool side dining, fully licensed, family friendly dining


  • Vivia Cafe
    135 Victoria St. 07) 4066 8030
    Extensive range of cafe style food, meals & great coffee. Friendly staff. BYO.
  • Beechies Cafe
    139 Victoria St. 0409 744 915
    Modern cafe opposite the jetty, everything from fish and chips to pies and cakes.
  • Cardwell Swim, Gym & Juice bar
    Victoria Street. 0429 968 058
    Fresh juices, smoothies, good coffee and food.
  • Seaview Deli Cafe
    87 Victoria Street. (07) 4066 8690
  • Big crab on roof, open 24 hours, licensed, good range of food options
  • Seabreeze Cafe Lounge (Formerly Annie's Kitchen)
    107 Victoria Street. (07) 4066 8818
    New owners. Fish n Chips, takeaway and breakfast menu.
  • Brearleys Bakery
    79-81 Victoria St. (07) 4066 2219
    Fresh bread, pies, coffee, cakes, slices and more.
  • Jessie’s Cardwell Pies
    Rest area, Bruce Highway.
    Local Robert Jessie has been selling pies on the roadside in Cardwell for over 25 years.
  • Jane’s food van
    Rest area, Bruce Highway.
  • Coffee Cart
    Rest area, Bruce Highway.