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Paddle Bay Track and Campsite

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area

Paddle Bay Track and camp site are located on South Molle Island within Molle Islands National Park. White sandy beaches, pockets of rainforest and pale blue waters make these picturesque inshore islands a wildlife refuge and a scenic retreat for nature lovers. Open eucalypt forests clothe the hillsides, rainforest grows in sheltered gullies and grasslands cover the more exposed slopes.

The 2.2 kilometre return walking track winds down to a beach of coral fragments and continues along the beach away from the resort. Access the track from Bauer Bay beach. A picnic area overlooks Daydream, Mid and North Molle islands. At low tide you can walk to Mid Molle Island - access is restricted to the two-hour period before and after low tide. Check tides before setting out. Allow one hour to complete this walk of an easy grade.

Journey Details

Duration
1 Hours
Distance
2.2 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
Paddle Bay
South Molle Island National Park
Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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Paddle Bay Track and Campsite

The Paddlebay Track and camp site is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route 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

Route Type
Return
Level of Difficulty
Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Mode of Travel
Walk

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