Visiting the Whitsundays and doing a bareboat charter will be an experience to remember. Discovering secluded beaches and bays, ancient Indigenous rock art, white as white sand on beaches, towering hoop pines with resident Sea Eagles circling above and coral reefs are only scratching the surface of what you'll find.
Explore a little further and you will find a number of bushwalks both on the mainland as well as the Whitsunday Islands with most of them offering amazing and gobsmacking views that only a photo can describe. Walk a little or a lot - choose from easy short walks to longer more difficult walks but the reward, in the end, is worth it. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have a comprehensive 'Visitor Guide' that covers all of the bushwalks and lookouts across the various National Parks and State Forests in the Whitsundays with a copy provided on board your bareboat. Here are Luxury Yachts Whitsundays favourite bushwalks and lookouts of all time.
#1 - Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Islands National Park
It's best to anchor or moor your vessel in Tongue Bay; the northern bay to world famous Whitehaven Beach. Take your tender ashore and follow the marked winding walking track 630m uphill through bushland and shrub. As you near the two lookouts and start to see glimpses of azure blue and shifting white swirling sands of Hill Inlet, listen to all the 'ooo's' and 'ahh's' you hear from other people. You'll stand there for a while taking in the vista and not wanting to leave. Be sure to take your camera! Grade: Moderate; Time: 15 minutes
#2 - Spion Kop, South Molle Island - Molle Islands National Park
Access to South Molle Island's tracks is accessible from Sandy Bay, Paddle Bay or the resort side of the island at Bauer Bay. The longest walk by far is from Sandy Bay (4.2km one way), however, the views and different aspects of the Whitsundays along this walk change at every turn and are just as spectacular as the last. Once at the lookout you literally feel on top of the world! Grade: moderate; Time: Allow 4 hours total
#3 - Whitsunday Peak, Whitsunday Islands National Park
The Whitsunday Peak is one of the Whitsundays' most challenging as it is a steep track and reaches an elevation of 437m. While only 2.5km long, it is quite a deceptive walk starting with an initial climb along a creek bed, through vine trees before reaching a lush rainforest at its peak offering stunning views over the Whitsunday islands and surrounding mainland. Grade: Difficult; Time: Allow at least 4 hours depending on your level of fitness
#4 - Honeyeater Lookout, Conway National Park
Starting from Kara Cresent in Airlie Beach, this walk will take you UP until you reach the lookout, so there is little to no reprieve from the climb until you come back down the same track to exit the walk. A popular walk for a morning workout, you'll pass locals and visitors along the way. You don't see much but bush along the track, but the view, which looks back down on the town of Airlie Beach and out of the islands makes the walk worthwhile. Grade: Moderate; Time: Allow 3 - 4 hours total
#5 - Kingfisher Circuit, Conway National Park
You'll need to have your own car for this walk, as it starts from the Forestry Road car park at Brandy Creek, approximately a 10-minute drive from Airlie Beach towards Proserpine. Pick up a self-guided brochure from the stand at the start of the track. It will guide you through the rainforest teaching you all about the wildlife and various trees you see along the way. You'll descend down to a freshwater creek where you can ponder on a log seat for while before making your way back up to the old logging road and back to the car park. Grade: Easy; Time: 25 minutes.