Cardwell Rainforest and Reef Visitor Information Centre
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm, Saturday to Sunday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Phone: (07) 4066 8601
Take the Google Street View Virtual Tour of the centre – click/hold/drag on this image to rotate it 360 degrees, click on the arrows that appear to walk from scene to scene. Walk all around the visitor centre out the front doors, along the footpath and Bruce Highway and down through the playground next to the centre:
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority 2008 Visitor Information Centre of the Year (2 to 3 staff)
Darin McDonald, General Manager of Sunferries, presentng Amelia Slade with the award for Winner of the 2008 Visitor Information and Services category at the North Queensland Tourism Awards.
The Cardwell Rainforest & Reef Visitor Information Centre is an information centre with a difference. It is the only centre in the history of Queensland where three bodies (one state, one local government and one private) have joined forces to form a business.
The centre (and building), is owned by the Environmental Protection Agency, has 1.5 full time employees funded by Cardwell Shire Council, while being operated under the umbrella of Great Green Way Tourism Inc. (a not for profit organisation).
Situated right on the waterfront in the heart of Cardwell, this eco tourism facility specialises in providing both tourist and interpretive information about Cardwell, Hinchinbrook Island and Channel and environs. The Centre is an accredited Wet Tropics Visitor Information Centre and is in the process of gaining Advanced Eco-Tourism Accreditation.
A larger than life vivid sculptural display takes the visitor on an enchanted journey as the history and structure of the peoples, landscape and wildlife is told. The visitor is led to the final encounter with the delightful talking eel.
From a large, colourful reception area & gift shop, experienced staff offer information on accommodation and local tours, while both a video presentation and a digital dvd and monitor display non-stop footage of local attractions. The Centre also offers a computerised information kiosk to allow direct online access to National Parks bookings and enquiries. This is a first for North Queensland and one of only three in Queensland.
As well, the desk offers printed material on Queensland National Parks, native local flora & fauna, walking trails and issues camping permits.
The Cardwell Rainforest & Reef Centre attracts visitors from all over the world and is easily accessible to self-drive & tour group visitors alike.
At the entrance, two ‘Green Frogs’, the Great Green Way’s recognisable emblem, are prominently visible to catch the eye of the passing motorist.