Bushwalking on Hamilton Island
|Amazing views over the Coral Sea|
Discovering the island by foot is a great way to experience the hidden coves, vistas and picnic spots throughout the vast bushland. Check out the walks listed within these next two pages and on the map that follows. Trails are open from 6.30am to 5.30pm, please consider weather conditions,
your physical fitness and stay on marked and formed trails. Please be aware that there are no toilet facilities. Fires are prohibited on the island and we ask that you take all your rubbish with you. If walking alone please inform someone before you start out and never swim alone at secluded beaches.
An excellent introduction to the island, through typical Whitsunday bushland starting at the Scenic Trail entrance (eastern end Whitsunday Apartments). This lookout is the second highest point on the island and drops off to sheer cliff faces, revealing an excellent panoramic view of the main resort area, marina village and surrounding islands.
Starting on the Scenic Trail and connecting with the Saddle Trail, this is a spectacular but challenging walk. Half way through you can climb to the Hill Top Viewing Area, where you’ll find a picnic table to relax amongst the stunning views to the north and south. Once you have negotiated the final steep climb to Passage Peak, the reward is an awe-inspiring view of the Whitsundays from the highest vantage point.
South East Head Trail
From the Palm Valley entrance (1750m from the resort via road) dense bush gives way to exposed rocky features and sharp cliffs. You’ll see abundant native grasstrees and stunning views of the Lindeman group of islands. At the end of this walk, if you are a more experienced hiker, you can cut overland down to the Valley Trail and Escape Beach for your return leg.
Escape Beach Trail
A trail from Saddle Junction takes you to Escape Beach where clear waters lap onto a sandy beach protected by huge rocky outcrops. This creates a secluded and charming retreat. Stop in Mangrove Flat on your way down the trail and experience a healthy mangrove ecosystem with a wide variety of birds and other marine life. Then continue on to Escape Beach. If you’re an experienced hiker and the tide is low, make the trip a circuit by walking around the rocky point at the eastern end of the beach. This leads up to the Valley Trail, which follows a creek up to Turkey Nest Junction. (Please note that the circuit return trail is currently closed. Only attempt this at LOW TIDE. Please refer to the Tour Desk daily for tide times).
Starting from the Palm Valley entrance, a short steep climb takes you up to the turn-off leading down to Coral Cove on the right, or up to the Resort Lookout on the left. Coral Cove is a peaceful, relaxing beach with views south to Lindeman Island.
With picnic tables scattered along the walking trails, we suggest you take a picnic pack. These can be ordered through Room Service at hotels with 24 hours notice.
During the summer months when the ocean is warm, the Whitsundays experience an increased presence of the small transparent jellyfish – Irukandji. Symptoms of the Irukandji sting include severe pain, muscle constriction and breathing difficulties requiring immediate medical attention. With this in mind, please avoid swimming on secluded beaches and always swim in the presence of others. For your safety we recommend swimming in the range of pools provided throughout the island.
Walking Trails - Indicative map
View the Hamilton Island walking trails map