Cardwell Foreshore looks over the Great Barrier Reef coast and Hinchinbrook Island. At the northern end is Coral Sea Memorial Park, depicting WWII Battle of the Coral Sea and featuring a family playground. Interpretive signs share details of the flora, fauna, culture and history of Cardwell as the path winds along to the south.
A popular walk, or bicycle ride half-way along is Dugong Park and the Jetty Plaza. Families enjoy the, playground, barbecues, public toilets and shaded area with views. Nearby a variety of cafes offer local tastes and refreshments. With exercise equipment along the way Cardwell Foreshore has a very well-positioned viewing telescope looking out across Rockingham Bay to the variety of Islands. If you are lucky you may even spot dugong, dolphin, or even a crocodile.
Further along the path are the Bagu – Aboriginal artwork based on the traditional fire story of the Girramay people. Dated 1865, next are the original jetty pylons from the oldest port north of Bowen, adjacent is Cardwell’s Visitor and Heritage Centre.
Continuing south Colleen McLaughlin park features interpretive signs recording the marine life of the bay. The path includes a wetlands walk amongst the mangroves and local shore birds.