Port Hinchinbrook re-boot will include huge van park

Published: December 15, 2016
Passahe Holdings Port Hinchinbrook

A massive injection of funds is to see Port Hinchinbrook in northern Queensland transformed into a major tourism destination, complete with a massive new caravan park.

Since being battered by Cyclone Yasi in 2011, the multi-million-dollar marina on the southern edge of Cardwell, has been struggling. However, the new owners have just unveiled a $450 million development proposal that will see the building of a new resort, water park, fishing village, 300-site motorhome park, campground, backpacker accommodation and a new marina.

Passage Holdings plan to start construction of the rebranded Hinchinbrook Harbour next year, with the redevelopment to be completed over the next decade.

Real estate agent for The Passage Holdings, Bruce Goddard of Place Projects, said some parts of the redevelopment would be sold to private operators.

“The caravan site will be sold … and the fishing village site will be purchased by a fishing operator to develop that and run in their own right,” he told the Townsville Bulletin. “We already have a verbal agreement for the fishing village.”

The project is reportedly expected to create more than 3000 jobs. The first stage will include accommodation facilities including a 4.5-star resort and 12 marina-front villas.

Hinchinbrook MP Andrew Cripps told the Townsville Bulletin that had been reassured by the developers that access to the public boat ramp would be maintained, the sewage plant was operational and dredging would occur.

“The people of the Cardwell district are all hoping this is the start of a revival for development but there has been a lot of promises made in the past and starts and stops,” he said. “One of the things I’m very confident about is that we can develop the tourism products to make Hinchinbrook Harbour a great destination and Cardwell a great destination because we have some of the best natural assets in the region.”

Earlier this year, similar plans were unveiled to re-develop the marina at Port Hedland and attract more grey nomads to the Pilbara town.

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