Hill Inlet Lookout Track, Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area

Hike this short uphill walk to lookouts on the crest of Tongue Bay and admire breathtaking vistas over the inlet. Marvel at the ever-changing shapes of blue water and white silica sand created by the moving tides.

Be sure to have your camera ready to capture brilliant images! Watch out for migratory wading birds foraging in the shallow waters, and stingrays and sharks cruising out in the deep.

Learn about the unique lifestyle of this area’s Traditional Owners—the Ngaro People—from signs along the way.

With excellent anchorage at Hill Inlet and Tongue Bay, why not make a day of exploring this beautiful part of the Whitsundays?

Whitsunday Islands National Park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.

Journey Details

Duration
0.75 Hours
Distance
1.3 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching

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Hill Inlet Lookout Track, Whitsunday Islands National Park

Hike this short uphill walk to lookouts on the crest of Tongue Bay and admire breathtaking vistas over the inlet. Marvel at the ever-changing shapes of blue water and white silica sand created by the moving tides.

Be sure to have your camera ready to capture brilliant images! Look for migratory wading birds foraging in the shallow waters, and stingrays and sharks cruising out in the deep.

Learn about the unique lifestyle of this area’s Traditional Owners—the Ngaro People—from signs along the way.

With excellent anchorage at Hill Inlet and Tongue Bay, why not make a day of exploring this beautiful part of the Whitsundays?

Whitsunday Islands National Park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.

This walk is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. The map only shows an indicative start point; the track route and end point are not shown, and the map cannot be used for navigation purposes. See www.npsr.qld.gov.au for detailed maps and the latest park information.

When you are in the park, read the signs at and near the start of the track.

LINESTRING (149.02344703674316 -20.24166334949301, 149.02374744415283 -20.241824409269388)
Route Details
Mode of Travel Walk
Distance 1.3 kms
Route Type Return

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