7 Great Walking Tracks in the Whitsunday Islands


Check out these great Whitsunday Island walking tracks and add a bushwalk to your bareboat sailing holiday.

The Whitsunday Islands are dotted with amazing walking tracks taking hikers through rainforests and up to great views.

When planning your bareboat itinerary, have a few bushwalking ideas up your sleeve. A hike can be a great way to break up your “ocean life”, manage the weather and connect with the Islands in a totally different way.

Whitsunday Peak Hike Whitsunday Islands Summit

Walking the Whitsundays will add a new perspective to your sailing adventure

It would be fair to say that most people don’t associate the Whitsunday Islands with fantastic walking tracks. Many visitors to the Whitsundays are focused on relaxing in a resort or a sailing adventure. But the Whitsundays are more than just resort pools, pristine beaches, beautiful coral, and glorious sunsets, they are also full of incredibly diverse flora and fauna as well as many jaw-dropping views.

Hiking the trails scattered across the Whitsunday Islands will add a whole new dimension to your Whitsundays holiday.

The Whitsunday Islands are mostly National Parks and many have well-planned walking trails taking hikers through amazing forests and coastlines. To add to the experience, on some trails Queensland Parks and Wildlife have installed access infrastructure and signage sharing points of interest on some islands.

You don’t have to be an elite cross-country bushwalker to enjoy a great walk in in the Whitsundays. Provided you have a moderate fitness ability, there are a number of Whitsunday Island walking tracks to fit a range of abilities and interests.

Whitsunday Island walking tracks

The top seven Whitsunday Island walking tracks

This post is about our top seven walks in the Whitsundays. See our post on the Ngaro Sea Trail for more details on this trail which is considered to be a Queensland Great Walk.

The Newest Whitsunday Island Walking Track at Chalkies Beach – Haslewood Island

Chalkies hikePhoto credit to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services have recently completed a new walking track heading from Chalkies Beach up to a lookout.

The new 275-metre Class 3 stepped track is suitable for people with some bushwalking experience. Walkers are advised to allow half an hour to return. You can hike up to the lookout to see amazing views over to Whitehaven Beach and down the coast of Haslewood Island.

Haslewood Island’s hike is 300m one way. Allow 20 mins
Minimal to Moderate Ability

Ngaro Cultural Site, Hook Island

Ngaro walk Whitsunday Island Walking Tracks

The Ngaro people have inhabited the Whitsundays for over 9,000 years. Ngaro artwork can be found telling the story of these sea-faring Aboriginal people on Hook island.

The track to the artwork’s cave begins deep inside Nara Inlet. It’s a short, steep walk up a track which leads up the side of the inlet to a viewing platform at the cave’s entrance. You will find information and signage guiding you along the trail.  Please look but don’t touch this sacred site.

The Ngaro Cultural Site Walk is 170m one way, allow 30  min
Minimal to Moderate Ability

Bauer Bay – South Molle Island

Bauer Bay Whitsunday Island Walking Tracks

Take the leisurely stroll past the golf course, then up the easy track around the southern hillside of South Molle to magnificent Spion Kop or take the Mount Jeffries track. Both these relatively easy walks will present you with views and photo opportunities to die for!

The Sandy Bay to Spion Kop and the Mt Jeffrey Loop is 5.6km one way. Allow 4 hours return.
Moderate Ability

Langford Island

Walk along the unique sandspit that is Langford Island and heads towards the hill. Walking uphill, you’ll initially pass mangroves, then head through large trees, ferns and small orchids if you keep your eyes peeled. The plant diversity on such a small island is incredible. Views from the top will showcase the island’s spit and nearby Hook Island.

Langford Island’s hike is 300. Allow 20 mins
Moderate Ability

Sawmill Beach, Cid Harbour – Whitsunday Island

Cid Harbour Sawmil Beach Whitsunday Island Walking Tracks

There are two walks you can do from Sawmill Beach in Cid Harbour.

For something slightly challenging, walk up to the peak of Whitsunday Island. From the southern end of this beach, you take the track uphill through the rainforest to the awesome vistas offered by Whitsunday Peak. The sign on the beach will advise that this is a round trip of approximately four hours, but the views from the top are so worth it! Take water and snacks, and please, don’t forget your cameras!

A shorter, more relaxed walk begins from the northern end of Sawmill Beach and winds pleasantly around the forested shoreline to exquisite Dugong Beach. This beautiful walk will take around 20 minutes, and Dugong Beach itself is one of the most romantic settings in the Whitsundays. Hint: take a picnic lunch and a favourite wine!

Long Island Palm Bay Track

We like this hike because it includes a stop-off and beer or dip in the pool at the welcoming Long Island Palm Bay Resort.  Take a leisurely hike along the walking track behind the resort through dense vine forest. There’s a small detour to Humy Point, which will give you views of Palm Bay.

The Palm Bay Track is a 2.2km circuit. Allow 1 hour
Moderate Ability

Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island Walking Tracks hill inlet

After you’ve anchored or moored at Tongue Bay, take your dinghy to the little landing beach and take the five or six-minute stroll along the track to the beautiful Betty’s Beach. After enjoying a swim and some beachcombing, take the 15-minute track to the famous Hill Inlet lookout. While there, ensure you get the obligatory “Whitehaven selfie”, with the incredible vista across Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach in the background. A sure way to make your friends back home jealous!

The Hill Inlet Lookout hike is 1.3km one way. Allow 40 min
Moderate Ability

By adding some hiking to your Whitsudnay’s bareboating itinerary, you will be able to experience the islands from a completely different perspective, and everyone will get a chance to stretch their legs!

There are many Whitsunday Island walking tracks that the management of the national parks has upgraded, and more trails are constantly being added. Make sure you chat with us about adding a hike or two to your cruising itinerary.

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