Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail

Multiple Locations

Walk across pure silica sands, paddle over turquoise waters, view ancient rock art, climb rugged headlands and follow in the footsteps of the Ngaro people. Accessible via private, charter or commercial boat, it is possible to take a day cruise to some locations or plan an extensive discovery trip paddling or sailing between the islands and camping overnight.

The main walks on the Ngaro Sea Trail include:

Whitsunday Island walks:
Solway Circuit (easy 1.2-kilometres, 40-minute walk).
Chance Bay (extension of the Solway walk, harder 7.2-kilometres, allow three-hours).
Hill Inlet Lookout (1.3-kilometres, 40-minute walk) and Lookout Beach.
Dugong/Sawmill Track (medium fitness, 3-kilometres and one-hour return).
Whitsunday Peak (tough, steep walk of 5-kilometres and at least four-hours.
Whitsunday Cairn (a steep and challenging narrow track of 4-kilometres, at least 3-hours).

South Molle Island Walk:
Sandy Bay to Spion Kop (8.5-kilometres, four-hours return. Continue an extra 2.6-kilometres return to Mount Jeffreys).

Hook Island Walk:
Ngaro Cultural site in Nara Inlet (340-metres short, steep return, 20-minutes but allow an hour to see the rock art).

Journey Details

4 Hours
8.4 Kilometres


  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Swimming

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Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail

Experience the Whitsunday Ngaro Sea Trail, a unique blend of seaways and picturesque walks across Whitsunday, South Molle and Hook islands. Walk through open forests, grasslands and rainforest. Climb rugged peaks or stroll along winding pathways. There is something for everyone.

Please Note: The Ngaro Sea Trail is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative park entrance point. The track route, start and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Route Type Return
Level of Difficulty Level 3: Recommended for people with some bushwalking experience

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Bollon, Balonne Area
The soil gets redder as you approach the great little western town of Bollon, sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek. At the free caravan and camping area there are toilets and showers and plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creek.


Thallon, Balonne Area
South from Nindigully, in the town of Thallon, giant painted grain silos act as landmarks for the town. Thallon was gazetted in 1911 and was named after the Commissioner of Railways, Mr JF Thallon. The town is surrounded by prime grain growing country and draws grain in from Weengallon, Nindigully, Mungindi, Dirranbandi and Thallon.


Dirranbandi, Balonne Area
En route to Hebel, stop for a coffee, a shop and a look around Dirranbandi, the town that marks the end of the South West rail line. As you enter town you'll pass by the levee bank, which is famous for having saved the town from flooding on more than one occasion.


Hebel, Balonne Area
In the little town of Hebel it feels like time has stood still, leaving behind tales of the Ned Kelly gang, Cobb & Co and dance halls. Hebel Hotel is a gem of a country pub. Colourful artwork by John Murray adorns the front of the pub, with the interior decked out in recycled furniture made from reclaimed bush finds.

Wallam Creek, Bollon

Bollon, Balonne Area
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The soil gets redder as you approach this great little western town, and sitting on the banks of the peaceful Wallam Creek is the tranquil town of Bollon. At the free caravan and camping area there are plenty of shady spaces to park the van for a few days on the edge of the picturesque creak, and an easy 1.


Nindigully, Goondiwindi Area
Just 45 kilometres south east of St George, Nindigully or "The Gully" as it's locally known, is pretty much four houses and a pub on a riverbank. But what a pub, what a view and what characters you'll find!

St George

St George, Balonne Area
From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, its just the place from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire.
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