The History of Cardwell Family Practice

Cardwell is a small rural seaside town with a population of 800 people.  During the winter months the town swells with the influx of the Grey Nomads.

Cardwell was founded in 1864 by George Dalrymple.  The town was considered the most major port north of Bowen.

Cardwell is the southern gateway to the Cassowary Coast region and the gateway to Hinchinbrook Island, the biggest island national park in Australia and home of the Thorsborne Walking Trail.

Cardwell is situated 165km north of Townsville. It has a warm tropical climate and is a very popular spot for fishing enthusiasts.

Cardwell offers a good range of services and shopping facilities. A variety of accommodation is available including caravan parks, hostels, motels and bed & breakfasts. Several cafes and restaurants offer a range of options to visitors, and menus often include fresh locally-farmed prawns.

The Cardwell Country Club has a nine-hole golf course and club facilities, where visitors are very welcome.

Hinchinbrook Island is 5km offshore with 393sqkm of beaches, rainforest and wilderness walks. The Thorsborne Trail, a 32km wilderness trek, is on the eastern side and is recognised as one of the top wildernesses walks in the world. Ferry trips to the island are from Cardwell and Lucinda.

Cardwell is surrounded by natural attractions including national parks, waterfalls and walking trails. The Cardwell Forest Drive is a 26km scenic drive from the town centre, taking in lookouts, freshwater swimming holes and picnic spots.

There is plenty to do and see in Cardwell. The revamped esplanade has a walkway along the beachfront, picnic spots, children’s playgrounds and public artwork.
The Cardwell Bush Telegraph Centre is a step back in time, with an insight into North Qld history. There is also the Cardwell Art Gallery and the Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre.

Health Services arrived in town in 1974 when Dr Robert Warnock decided to move his Practice to Cardwell.  He set up his own private practice which was extremely successful, and he is long remembered in the Community for his dedication, friendly and caring nature.  Dr Bob retired in 1986 and handed the reins over to Alan Scotton who cared for the residents until 1997.  Drs Clare Harkin, Catherine Crilly and Paul Colbrook continued to care for the residents of Cardwell until March 2000 when Dr Gawie Roux and his family decided to move to Cardwell.  Dr Roux left Cardwell on the 30th November 2016 and on the 1st December 2016 with new owners Julie McKay Registered Nurse and Carmen Edmondson Practice Manager bought the practice.

Cardwell is serviced by a Solo GP. She is supported by our 2 Local Ambulance Officers and Local Hospitals situated in Ingham and Tully.

The team providing medical services to Cardwell and surrounding community are:

Dr Luhong Min, Julie McKay- Registered Nurse and Accredited Mental Health Nurse, Shevon Baker – Enrolled Nurse, Rachel Kaurila – Medical Assistant, Naomi Martin – Receptionist and Carmen Edmondson Practice Manager and Book Keeper.