The Ngaro Sea Trail
highlights many iconic features that have made the area
famous. Walk across pure white sands, sail over turquoise
waters,see ancient rock art, rugged headlands,dry
rainforest, rolling grasslands and experience the
breathtaking views.The trail takes in all of the Whitsunday
Ngaro Sea Trail. Travel from sea to summit with varying
grades of difficulty and length across South Molle, Hook
and Whitsunday Islands, as well you can journey its sea
paths for a different and refreshing perspective. The
Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail can be accessed by private,
charter or commercial boat. The area is also kayak friendly
and within easy reach using hire vessels or bare boats.
Commercial boats depart from Shute Harbour and Airlie
Beach. Bare boats can be sourced at Hamilton Island,
ShuteHarbour or Airlie Beach. There are also numerous
public boat ramps in the area.
The Ngaro cultural site Hook Island.
This track is only 170m one way. Short and initially
moderately steep, the track climbs the banks of Nara Inlet,
to a rock shelter filled with Ngaro art motifsand extensive
cultural deposits. The site has been upgraded with improved
access, a new boardwalk, viewing area and interpretive
Whitsunday Cairn, Whitsunday Island.
Scrub Hen Beach to Whitsunday Cairn is 3km one way and
is steep and challenging, this track has been created
espacially for the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail. Breathtaking
views over Hook Island and beyond to Border Island are the
rewards for the more serious hiker.
Tongue Point, Whitsunday Island.
Tongue Bay to Hill Inlet lookout is 630m one way. Track
junction to Lookout Beach is a short 250m one way. This
moderate, winding track, travels through woodland and dry
rainforest communities to the lookouts and beach. Visitors
can walk uphill to take in the vistas over Hill Inlet and
the islands emerging from the surrounding turquoise waters
and the sweeping sands of Whitehaven Beach, a highly
significant area for the Ngaro people. An alternative is to
walk over the ridge and along the cycad-lined boardwalk to
the extensive white sands of Lookout Beach. Improved
circuit access tracks to the lookouts and a circuit track
to Lookout Beach have formed this section of the Great
Whitehaven Beach Chance Bay, Whitsunday Island.
Solway circuit - 1.1km Chance Bay - 2.5km one way from
Whitehaven Beach, The Great Walk project creates a short
circuit track that climbs through impressive grass trees,
cycads and rock fern, with viewing opportunities over
Solway Passage, Pentecost and Haslewood islands. The track
then descends through coastal forest back to Whitehaven
Beach. For those with more time, a branch track off the
circuit winds through some of the best of Whitsunday's
forest and woodlands to Chance Bay.This secluded bay on the
southern side of Whitsunday Island is also a great
anchorage option for boats during northerly winds.
Whitsunday Peak, Whitsunday Island.
Whitsunday Peak track - 3km one way Dugong-Sawmill track
- 1.5km one way. The Whitsunday Peak track is one of the
most challenging of the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail.
Reaching an elevation of 437m, this track offers
spectacular views over the Whitsunday islands and
surrounding mainland. Accessed from the Sawmill Beach
picnic area at Cid Harbour, the Great Walk project defines
the Whitsunday Peak track and upgrades theDugong-Sawmill
Spion Kop and Mt Jeffreys, South Molle Island.
Sandy Bay to Spion Kop - 5.5km extension to Mt Jeffreys
- 1.5km winding its way through open forest, grasslands,
dry rainforest and stands of hoop pine, the track starts at
the boaters camp at Sandy Bay and traverses the length of
South Molle Island. Culturally significant sites can be
visited en route to Spion Kop,and once again spectacular
views are a highlight from the higher elevations of the
track. The Great Walk project has now upgraded these
tracks, and its access tracks from Paddle Bay camp and
South Molle Island resort, providing an extensive and
accessible island track network of around 12km.
Walkers and Boaters Camps.
Walkers and boaters may access a number of camps if
overnight island stays are required. Camps close to the
proposed trail heads are Sandy Bay and Paddle Bay on South
Molle Island, Dugong Beach, Whitehaven Beach and Peter Bay
on Whitsunday Island and Curlew Beach on Hook Island. Camps
have various facilities and are managed by DERM.
Info obtained from Dept of Environment and