Get back in touch with nature, explore the paths less travelled and immerse yourself in some of the most spectacular hiking trails in the Whitsundays. Encounter some of the off-the-beaten track hiking experiences on offer around the Whitsunday Islands, follow the winding paths that lead you through diverse Australian bush and enjoy your lunch as you gaze off into the blue vistas at some of the most jaw-dropping peaks. Hiking is all about embracing unique moments and spectacular landscapes and you’ll get just that when you venture off on your very own hiking self-discovery trip!
WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS HIKING TRIPS
There are plenty of hidden island trails dotted around the Whitsunday Region, choose from a wide range of trails varying from easy to challenging. Discover the rolling green hills of Australian Bush at South Molle Island, gaze upon the blue and white swirls of Whitehaven Beach at Hill Inlet or uncover the unique cave paintings of the Ngaro Tribe at Nara Inlet on Hook Island. Explore the untouched national parks, climb up to peaks that will leave you speechless and be rewarded every time you set out on a Whitsunday Island hiking trail. We’ve got something for everybody with hiking trips designed to bring you closer to nature, so are you ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime?
There is ample parking currently available at Shute Harbour, Airlie Beach. There are 2 parking lots available for free usage. A top carpark located at the top of Whitsunday Drive with stairs accessing the main harbour, and a bottom car park located on Shute Harbour Road near the terminal.
All of the hiking trails available around the Whitsunday islands are amazing. We recommend the following island hikes:
• Spion Kop, South Molle Island
• Mount Jeffreys, South Molle Island
• Whitehaven Beach Headland Trail, Whitsunday Island
• Whitsunday Cairn, Whitsunday Island
• Whitsunday Peak, Whitsunday Island
• Nara Inlet, Hook Island
Risks are greater for those who hike alone, we would recommend hiking the Whitsunday islands tracks with friends or family. That way if there is an emergency there is someone to assist you should this happen.
The minimum we would recommend is 1L per person. During summer we would recommend at least 2L per person. There are no freshwater facilities on the islands, so it is important to be prepared. It can get quite hot during the summer months, so we highly recommend you carry your water bottle in hand and drink small amounts often. This is to avoid heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
You should take some light snacks, lunch, and refreshments with you. Food is just as important as water during your hiking trip. Hiking the island trails is much easier when you provide your body with enough calories to support your physical activities during the day.
Yes, most of the Whitsunday islands have toilets and facilities. Be prepared to provide your own toilet paper. Where there are toilets provided you must use them. Only human waste and toilet paper should be deposited in the toilets.
You will be equipped with a SPOT GEN3 satellite phone and instructions on how to use it. Should you have an emergency and you are not within service range you will be required to use the SPOT GEN3 provided. However, if you are within mobile service range the number to call for emergencies in Australia is 000.
You are required to take all of your rubbish with you as the Whitsunday islands are a National Park. You can then dispose of your rubbish in a rubbish bin available to you on the mainland.
The hikes available around the Whitsunday islands are great for anyone with a moderate level of fitness. You can view the hike difficulty ratings for the hike your interested in here. If you have any questions please contact us in regard to which hike you would like to do.
No, it is not a requirement to have hiking gear. However, you will need a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots if you have them. We recommend bringing along a good pair of shoes as this will make the experience a lot more enjoyable. It is a good idea to bring along a jacket/jumper during the cooler months, and a light raincoat during the summer months.
We encourage people of all ages to take part in a self-discovery trip. Although, anyone under the age of 18 years old will need to be accompanied by an adult.