If you really want to get off the beaten track then this demanding walk up to a peak of Whitsunday Island may be just the answer. Not for the faint-hearted, this challenging four kilometre trail, from the northern most beach on the island, takes you back through time.
Starting at Cairn Beach you will have a hard climb up through towering hoop pines and dry rainforest to a ridge where you will walk through drier open woodland dominated by giant grass-trees. Ultimately you will emerge onto a wind-exposed rocky outcrop below the towering Whitsunday Cairn for memorable views of Whitsunday Passage and the islands. There are triangular track markers along the way but no defined track so be careful, allow at least three hours to complete and only contemplate this exercise if you are a fit and experienced walker.
Steep and challenging, the track to Whitsunday Cairn leads off Cairn Beach, the most northern beach on Whitsunday Island. A demanding ascent takes you through hoop pines and dry rainforest. Stick carefully to the ridge line as you walk through drier open woodland where giant grass-trees dominate. Emerge onto a wind-exposed rock outcrop below the towering Whitsunday Cairn for breathtaking views.
Please Note: The Whitsunday Cairn 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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