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Hinchinbrook offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle, friendly townships and plenty of employment opportunities

The Gateway to the Wet Tropics

Located an hour and a half north of Townsville, Hinchinbrook is the gateway to the stunning wet tropics surrounded by ancient rainforests, stunning coastline, and beautiful islands. Hinchinbrook offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle, friendly townships, and plenty of employment opportunities.

The shire is home to a thriving agriculture industry producing cane, including three sugar mills, beef cattle, small crops and aquaculture. The shire is also home to the Lucinda Bulk Sugar Terminal and the Lucinda Jetty – not only a functional jetty but also the longest service jetty in the Southern Hemisphere a popular tourist attraction.

The Shire is privileged to have a dedicated precinct championing the arts, culture, education, and tourism. This is complemented by auxiliary parks housing a variety of facilities from walking trails to children’s specialty playgrounds. The region is blessed with abundant natural resources which provide a leisure playground from sport fishing and adventure through to passive pursuits of tranquil walks in tamed wetlands and wild rainforests.

Hinchinbrook offers a relaxed coastal lifestyle, friendly townships and plenty of employment opportunities
Region Stats
Population 10,992
Area 2,807km2
Av Annual Rainfall 1,965mm
GRP $688M
Unemployment 3.0%
Median House Price $227K
Median House Rent $290pw
Median Unit Rent $210pw
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Education & Training

  • 5 registered early childhood education and care services including 2 long day care centres
  • 15 schools including primary, secondary, independent, catholic and public schools
  • TAFE Ingham is located in the town centre, offering easy access to nearby cafes, food outlets, and other facilities. The Ingham TAFE campus offers introductory and advanced courses relevant to the needs of the local community including early childhood education and care, as well as specialised first aid and CPR

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    Healthcare Facilities

    • 6 Aged care facilities with 166 operational places
    • 3 Dental Practices
    • 2 Private Health Care Centres
    • Ingham Health Services / General Hospital is a 28-bed hospital, emergency centre and general surgery.  

    Ingham Health Service is open 24/7 with specialists providing cardiology, orthopaedic, new birthing, immunisation dental, mental health, weekly ultrasounds, pathology sample collection and emergency.

    Key Industries

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    Townsville Airport is approximately an hour and 20-minute drive from the heart of Hinchinbrook, Ingham. There are a variety of transfer services available to local businesses within Hinchinbrook Shire.

    Hinchinbrook Shire Aerodrome is located about 1.5kms south of the Ingham township on the Bruce Highway. The Airport has Local, Regional, Seated, Pilot Activated lighting, refuelling and hangar facilities.


    The Shire is served by the Queensland Rail Spirit of Queensland. This Brisbane – Cairns service, stops locally at the Ingham Railway Station and runs a regular service north and southbound five times weekly. 


    The Shire is accessible from Northern and Southern regions via the Bruce Highway.

    • Ingham to Townsville: 111km south via Bruce Highway
    • Ingham to Charters Towers: 245km south/southwest via Bruce Highway and Flinders Highway
    • Ingham to Ayr: 19km south via Bruce Highway
    • Ingham to Cairns: 235km north via Bruce Highway
    • Ingham to Brisbane: 1,463km south via Bruce Highway