Bushwalking & lookouts in the Whitsundays 10:40am, Tue 29 Jan 2019With over 24 different bushwalks on the Whitsunday islands alone offering amazing views, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing one during your bareboat charter. Put on your walking shoes, grab some water or even pack a picnic and enjoy the views when you get to the top.
Here is the ultimate guide to bushwalks on the Whitsundays Islands:
Solway Circuit, 1.2km return. Allow 40mins
Wander along this one-way circuit from Whitehaven beach uphill to a natural rock platform with spectacular views over Solway Passage and the surrounding islands.
Headland track, 750m headland track. Allow 30mins
This is a premier walk. You’ll see Whitehaven Beach’s 7km shoreline with uninterrupted views. And get a closer look at the enthralling Solway Passage. There’s fascinating rock formations and wonderful views of the Whitsunday Island peaks and the islands dotted in a sparkling sea.
Hill Inlet lookout track, 1.3km return. Allow 40mins
Take an uphill wander to multiple lookouts for stunning vistas over Hill Inlet’s turquoise waters and white sweeping sands—a highly-significant area to the Ngaro people. Access the track from Hill Inlet or Tongue Bay.
Chance Bay track, 7.2km return. Allow 2.5–3hrs
Follow this track through some of Whitsunday Island’s more secluded areas to peaceful Chance Bay. This delightful walk branches off the Solway circuit.
Beach track, 500m return. Allow 20mins
Branch off the Hill Inlet lookout track and head downhill to the bright-white, quartz sands of Hill Inlet and across to Whitehaven Beach, considered one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Dugong-Sawmill track, 3km return. Allow 1hr
Walk under stands of giant rainforest trees and solitaire palms before entering what seems a fairyland of mosses, lichens and fungi on this semi-shaded walk from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Beach.
Whitsunday Peak track, 5km return. Allow 4hrs
Walk uphill from Sawmill Beach day-use area to windblown heaths, for impressive vistas from the ‘roof of the Whitsundays’.
Whitsunday Cairn track, 4km return. Allow 3hrs+
Walk from Cairn Beach—Whitsunday’s most northerly beach—up to a ridge covered with giant grasstrees. It’s steep and challenging, but what a view— simply breathtaking.
300m one way. Allow 20 mins. Stroll the mangrove lined shore before gently walking uphill through mixed tall trees, small ferns and orchids. Marvel at the remarkable Whitsunday Bottle Trees and enjoy views along the island’s spit to nearby Black and Hook Islands.
Ngaro cultural site, 340m return. Allow 20mins
Protected from the elements in a oncehidden cave, the Ngaro people adorned the fragile rock surface with their artwork over the last 9000 years. Clamber up a short, and initially steep track with steps, to a viewing platform at the cave’s entrance.
Haslewood Island - due for completion in 2019
300m one way. Allow 20 mins. Leave Chalkies Beach behind as you walk uphill to the island’s rocky headland. Passing through a natural gully of shady eucalypts and grasstrees, you are rewarded with spectacular island and sea views from the lookout.
1.2km return. Allow 1hr. Explore ashore and enjoy Cateran Bay from above on this short walk. After an initial steep ascent, meander along the island’s saddle of native grassland and enjoy views from two diverse lookouts.