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Ways to stay at Long Island, a Whitsundays' natural beauty

Long Island in the Whitsundays is a relaxed eco-resort island which welcomes guests and bareboat charterers. Stay here away from crowds while accessing some of the best natural beauty in the Whitsundays.

Long Island in the Whitsundays is a 20-minute ferry or 1-hour cruise from our base in Shute Harbour, making it the closest island to the mainland. It also happens to be one of the prettiest Whitsunday Islands thanks to its striking landscapes and the entire island holding national park status.

As the name alludes to, Long Island is a 9km long stretch with its widest point only being 400-200m. There are several secluded bays, graded walking tracks across the island and expansive coral fringing reefs to snorkel.

Long Island hosts overnight anchorage and mooring opportunities for visiting private yacht charters as well as two eco-resorts for those wanting a secluded island escape. 

Whether you're planning to stop over on a private yacht charter or visit the island for a relaxing eco holiday, this post will cover everything you need to know about a Whitsundays' natural beauty, Long Island.

Long Island Whitsunday Islands

Visiting Long Island on a bareboat charter

Palm and Happy Bay are the nearest safe anchorages to Shute Harbour, making them a popular stopover for charterers on their first or last night.

Bareboaters can enjoy activities around the island, including snorkelling and SUP/kayaking. There are several bushwalking trails maintained by Parks with a track running between the resorts.

Happy Bay is a popular overnight anchorage for those wanting a place to pull up without resort access. There used to be a resort here, but it’s closed making Happy Bay a peaceful place to spend the night.

When going ashore, check the tide, so you don't get stuck, the beach has a gradual slope, and it does out a long way. There is access to the islands great walking tracks from the beach. Go left and head and take the base point trail which loops around showing you both sides of Long Island.

You can book a mooring at the Palm Bay Resort for a fee. A mooring here gives access to the resort bar, public toilets, grocery store and the resorts fully licensed bar complete with top-shelf cocktails. Keep an eye out on the restaurant; sometimes, they have great pizza nights.

Upon request and for an additional fee, mooring guests can have access to the resort amenities including the guest kitchen, tennis court, swimming pool, kayaks, library and pavilion.

Things to do on Long Island in the Whitsundays

Snorkelling

There is offshore snorkelling available in the island’s surrounding fringing reef roughly 150 metres from the shoreline. Popular snorkelling spots around Long Island include the jetty at Happy Bay and Anderson's Bay (opposite Sandy Bay)

Bush Walking
Long Island is mostly a rainforest National Park and has around 17km of walking tracks to explore. Trails will take you looping around most parts of the island, showcasing beaches, dramatic headlands and changing landscapes.

For the enthusiastic bushwalkers, take the Sandy Bay trail, a three-hour journey across 5.8 kilometres over gentle hills, protected bays, lookouts and mangroves.

Fishing

Fishing is permitted around Long Island with some people throwing a line in out the front of their accommodation. Good fishing is around Palm Bay and off the jetty at Happy Bay, or around the rocks at high tide.

Kayaking and Stand-up-paddle boarding

Happy Bay is a great place for a SUP or kayak. Having a paddle out the front of the resorts is also worthwhile.

Long Island Resorts

Long Island in the Whitsundays is a quiet paradise for visitors seeking tranquillity with two resort options; both focused on sustainable and eco practices.

Long Island Whitsundays Jetty

Palm Bay Resort Long Island

The Palm Bay Resort is a unique Whitsundays resort destination. With a focus on unplugging and escaping the grind, you won't find wi-fi or television in your room. Instead, you'll find simplicity and entertainment from secluded beaches, nature trails and relaxing in a hammock with a book.

The Balinese style accommodation ranges from beachfront villas to larger guest houses, and all have an air of merging into their natural surrounds. 

The resort offers a unique self-cater option with most guests bringing their alcohol and food or stocking up from the store which sells everything from tins to fresh produce and seafood. Kitchen facilities are provided.

Those who want to avoid meal planning and shopping can hand catering their holiday over to Whitsundays Provisioning who hand-deliver packages of edible goods directly to your door.

Attractions and things to do at Palm Bay Resort:

  • Kayaks or SUPs are available to resort guests. Happy Bay is an excellent location for kayaking.
  • Fishing equipment is available to hire for $15 a day from the resort.
  • Independent tours can be arranged on request, taking guests out to the islands to visit famous Whitsunday attractions such as Whitehaven or the Outer Great Barrier Reef.
  • Settle in at the Palm Bay Resort’s bar, where wood-fired pizza and a well-stocked bar serve the beachfront deck offering beautiful sunset views
  • Enjoy the end of the day accompanied by views of Conway National Park with complimentary canapés at Elysian Retreat, where a fire pit makes a daily appearance.
  • Take advantage of the tropical setting and relax and read a book under the shade of a palm tree.
  • Take the popular Round Hill Circuit hike. This 1.5-kilometre return journey starts at Palm Bay and takes only 30 minutes.

Long Island Whitsundays beach

Elysian Retreat Long Island

Found on the southern point of Long Island, Elysian Retreat is the most secluded resort in the Whitsundays (it’s also the first solar-powered resort on the Great Barrier Reef).

Elysian is a boutique and luxe all while maintaining a strong eco-friendly ethos. Set amongst 3 hectares of rainforest with magnificent uninterrupted water views staying here is about relaxation and privacy.

Accommodation is ten exclusive, sustainable villas for adult guests. There was mention of 16+ teens being able to attend, but would you really want to take them?!

The nightly rate at Elysian Retreat is all-inclusive offering:

  • Three gourmet meals made from local ingredients and matched with wines. Ingredients come from the island's vegetable garden, with seafood sourced from local suppliers.
  • Sunset cocktails with canapés and a communal fires pit looking over the Conway Rangers
  • Unlimited use of un-mortised water sports such as snorkelling and kayaking gear
  • Use of the resort pool
  • Access to the resort’s vessel, Lotus, for trips to Whitehaven Beach or to join other existing Whitsunday tours.
  • Rooms come fully equipped with modern furniture and amenities including TV, DVD player, air-conditioning, balcony, iPod dock plus so much more.
  • Activities such as yoga, cooking lessons and spa treatments

How do I get to Long Island in the Whitsundays I don’t have a boat?

You can access Long Island from Hamilton Island or Shute Harbour on the mainland.

If you're coming directly from the Whitsunday Coast airport, travel with Island Transfers who will conveniently collect you from the Airport and take you directly to Shute Harbour where you can catch a water taxi.

Those with cars can park for free at Shute Harbour before catching an Inslad Transfer water taxi.

If you fly into the Hamilton Island Airport, you can get to Long Island by taking a direct transfer with Mars Charters.

 

Perhaps the biggest drawcard of Long Island in the Whitsundays is you can stay in a tropical paradise away from the tourism buzz and crowds. With pristine protected rainforests, a variety of secluded beaches and views over breathtaking landscapes Long island is perfect for those looking to for a Whitsundays escape.

 

 

 

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