Getting to OIRS

By Public Transport    

Premier Buses has a service running from Townsville to Ingham return and Cairns to Ingham return. For times and bookings check out their website.

Greyhound Buses also runs Townsville to Ingham return and Cairns to Ingham return. For times and bookings check out their website.

Queensland Rail runs services from Townsville and Cairns three days a week. For times and bookings check out their website.

Ingham Taxi: Ingham to Lucinda return. It is recommended to pre-book taxi pickups well in advance and confirm trips closer to the date, especially if using this service on weekends. Phone 131008

Ingham Travel has a weekday service from Townsville Airport to Lucinda. Services may also run on weekends by arrangement. They also offer transport between Ingham and Lucinda on demand.
Phone +61 7 4776 5666

Herbert River Bus and Coach provides the local school bus run from Ingham to Lucinda. Buses depart Lucinda at 7.25am each weekday and take 45 minutes to reach Ingham. Transfers from Ingham to Lucinda depart the Bruce highway at 3pm. Arrangements to use this service must be made in advance.
Phone +61 7 4776 1972

By Charter Bus

For groups coming to OIRS there are several charter bus companies available in both Townsville and Cairns who can arrange transfers to and from Lucinda. Some options include:

Herbert Park Bus Service, who operate from Townsville.
Phone +61 7 4779 1658    

Cairns Bus Charters, who operate from Cairns.
Phone +61 7 4059 1423    

Pacific Coaches, who operate from Cairns and Townsville.
Phone +61 7 4041 2101    

By Private Transport    

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From Townsville (125km)    

  • Once you reach Ingham follow the signposted turnoff for Halifax and Taylors Beach located just north of the township on the main highway.            

  • Follow this road until you reach the township of Halifax          
  • At Halifax follow the signposts to Lucinda (8km)        
  • Upon reaching the T-Junction at Lucinda turn left onto Dungeness Road          
  • Follow this road for 1km until you reach Dungeness          
  • Upon reaching the T-Junction at Lucinda turn left onto Dungeness Road          
  • Follow this road for 1km until you reach Dungeness          
  • At the junction drive straight ahead until you reach the public toilet block            
  • The pontoon ramp is located to the left of the toilet block.          

From Townsville (Alternative Route for use during flooding events)    

An alternative route in the event of road closure is to continue heading north on the Bruce Highway for 10 kilometres past Ingham until you reach the signposted turnoff to Lucinda, then follow directions as if coming from Cairns.    

Note: Estimated travel time from Townsville to Lucinda is 2 hours. It will take approximately 40 minutes from Ingham to Lucinda.    

From Cairns (235km)    

  • Before reaching Ingham take the left-hand exit to Halifax and Lucinda            
  • Take the signposted turn off for Halifax            
  • Once reaching Halifax, continue until you reach the “T” junction next to the white water tower            
  • Then turn left onto Halifax Road            
  • Follow the signposts to Lucinda (8km)          
  • Upon reaching the T-Junction at Lucinda turn left onto Dungeness Road          
  • Follow this road for 1km until you reach Dungeness            
  • At the junction drive straight ahead until you reach the public toilet block          
  • The pontoon ramp is located to the left of the toilet block.            

Note: Estimated travel time from Cairns is 3.5 hours. If taking the alternative route through Ingham township, rather than via Halifax allow an extra 30 minutes travel time.    

Departure Point at Lucinda

Map of facilities available and pickup location at Lucinda

Etiquette on Arrival

Apart from a few small areas managed by the local city council, the facilities at our pickup location are owned by other business organisations and private residents. Special arrangements have been negotiated to ensure these facilities are available for station users. The continued availability of these  facilities  is dependent on station users showing a high level of respect and courtesy to these organisations and by adhering to the following protocols:

Privacy

Please respect privacy of our neighbours by remaining in public areas (see map below for areas off limits)

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Noise levels

Our pickup point is located next to both residential and commercial accommodation blocks. Please keep noise levels low between 10pm and 9am and on weekends

Use of Facilities

The areas we use receive heavy usage by public and other businesses especially on weekends and public holidays. Please ensure when offloading gear and equipment that you do not block or hinder access to any of the facilities. 

No cargo should be moved onto the loading pontoon until such stage the OIRS vessel arrives. If equipment needs to be offloaded prior to the boat arrival, it can be stacked on the grass area near the public toilets as long as it does not block access to the toilet facilities,  pathway  or the pontoon ramp.

Car Parking

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Free car parking is available on local city council land but it is at your own risk. There is two options for car parking areas:

Day Trips

If you are undertaking a day trip to OIRS with a vessel, please park your car and trailer in the large marked parking area on the right hand side of the road facing the public boat ramp.

Overnight Trips

Please park your vehicle in the small gravel parking area near the green fence (pictured above).

This area does not have marked parking bays and is also used frequently by commercial fisherman, so please be considerate of other users in where you park your vehicle so that you do not impede access to facilities.

If your vehicle does not a JCU logo on the side, please leave a page with either JCU or OIRS logo or name on it inside your front window. This is so, in the unlikely event any problems occur with your car you can be contacted at the station.

Accommodation

Accomodation options at Lucinda

If required there is a wide range of accommodation options available at Lucinda:

Hinchinbrook Marine Cove

Located next to the point Hinchinbrook Marine Cove offers 4 star accommodation of various styles and also has a restaurant and café offering meals.

Lucinda Point Hotel

Located on the corner of Halifax and Dungeness Road the Lucinda Point Hotel offers a range of accommodation styles from bunk beds to Executive Style Rooms.

Wanderers Holiday Village

Located in Lucinda the Wanderers Holiday Village offers budget priced camp sites and cabins.

Transport between Lucinda and OIRS

OIRS Pickup pontoon

OIRS will provide transfers from Lucinda to the station on one of our vessels as part of your booking. Transfer times will be arranged by OIRS at the time of your booking. Charges do apply for these services please see Fees and Charges for current prices.

Users are responsible for loading and unloading your own gear and equipment, although OIRS staff will facilitate loading and unloading at OIRS with the use of a front-end loader for transport of equipment and personal belongings. Please note that a weight limit of 20kg per item applies. Users are responsible for ensuring all items are under this limit or are in compliance with OIRS Luggage and Weight Handling Guidelines prior to loading or carriage of items may be refused.

Departing from Lucinda

Transfer times are restricted by tidal access both at the Lucinda pickup site and for accessing the beach at OIRS for safe loading and unloading of cargo and passengers. The transfer times provided are boat departure times. You should arrive at Lucinda at least 30 minutes prior to departure to allow for loading and parking. Please be considerate of other users by not blocking or hindering access to the pontoon or by unloading gear prior to OIRS vessels arrival.

Please be advised that depending on tide level it is likely you will need to wade ashore upon arrival at OIRS (knee deep water or below) and it is highly recommended to wear reef shoes during this time. OIRS endeavours to schedule transfer times so that wading is minimised as much as possible.

Departing from OIRS

When departing from the Station allow ample time for loading and at low tide time for dinghy transfer to the transfer vessel, in this instance, the scheduled time refers to departure from the offshore mooring and therefore loading and transfers to the departure vessel may occur up to 30 minutes prior  to  this time