When one thinks of the pristine, tropical Whitsundays, hiking or bushwalking is probably not the first activity that comes to mind. But despite its fame as a world-class ocean paradise, the Whitsunday Islands are more than just beaches and reefs. Indeed, the islands themselves have a great deal more to offer, often far away from the tropical shores. Amidst the lush inland bush, you’ll discover many wonderful trails for beautiful walks just waiting for you.
The Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail
Extending across three islands, South Molle, Hook Island and Whitsunday Island, the Ngaro Sea Trail allows you to trace the footsteps of this region’s original owners, the Ngaro people. This trail takes you through a variety of landscapes, from beach to grassland to rainforest. You can hike as much of the trail as you wish, from short, easy portions to lengthy, island-covering adventures. On Whitsunday Island, you can expect a rugged climb to breathtaking vantage points or for those who enjoy history; you may want to explore the portion of the trail near Nara Inlet, where you’ll find entrancing aboriginal cave paintings.
More Whitsunday Walks
If you’re visiting Long Island, you’ll be greeted with approximately 20 km of walking trails traversing the national park. A few options on this stunning island include the 3.5 km circular Whitsunday Circuit, 2.2 km Palm Bay walk or the longer 5.9 km Sandy Bay Trail. These trails offer varying levels of difficulty depending on your bushwalking expertise.
Hamilton Island has a selection of exciting trails to discover as well. If it’s spectacular views you’re after, head out and try the Passage Peak trail. This is a somewhat challenging and steep walk, but you’ll be rewarded with awesome sights of the surrounding islands and ocean from an exceptional view point.
You’ll also find ample trails on Keswick Island and Lindeman Island, among others, winding up green rainforest trails, across sandy beaches, and around surprising bends.
If you decide to venture out to explore some of the incomparable Whitsundays bush, it is important to follow a few key tips:
● Always carry an ample supply of water, especially in the hotter months. The intense Australian sun can easily dehydrate a bushwalker.
● Hike in a group when possible, and avoid bushwalking on your own.
● Dress in loose, long-sleeved clothing to keep your body cool and to protect your skin from the elements and wear comfortable shoes.
● Leave only footprints. Help keep Mother Nature clean by bringing rubbish home with you, and leaving nothing on the trail.
The Whitsunday Islands are a vibrant and amazing location for your next holiday. Choosing your own private yacht charter will allow you to experience all that the Whitsundays have to offer, as well as make it easy for you to visit numerous islands and explore their many bushwalking trails. Looking for more information on the Whitsundays or hiring your own private vessel? Contact our friendly team at Queensland Yacht Charters today, and we’ll help you get started with planning an unforgettable holiday.