Bushwalking Exploring Hamilton Island on foot can be a great way to explore its natural beauty, at your own pace. Discover secluded, sandy coves, climb to the top of the island for stunning views, or enjoy a picnic in one of the island’s many picnic spots. A few things to note about bushwalking on Hamilton Island: Trails open at sunrise and close at sunset There are a range of trails available depending on your fitness levels, and how far you want to walk. Please consider weather conditions before setting off. There are no toilets on the trails. Fires are prohibited on the island. To keep the environment as pristine as possible, please take all your rubbish with you. If you’re walking alone, let someone know before you start out, and never swim alone at secluded beaches. With tables scattered along the walking trails, there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a picnic. Important: Irukandji Jellyfish During the summer months when the ocean is warm, the waters of 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. Try these Hamilton Island bushwalks: Resort Lookout An excellent introduction to the island, through typical Whitsunday bushland. Starts at the Scenic Trail entrance (near the eastern end of the Whitsunday Apartments). This lookout is the second highest point on the island and drops off to sheer cliff faces, with a stunning, panoramic view of the main resort area, marina village and surrounding islands. Passage Peak 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 and enjoy stunning views to the north and south. Once you’ve 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’re 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). Coral Cove 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. Details at a glance Opening hours Trails open at sunrise and close at sunset. Please consider weather conditions, your physical fitness and stay on marked and formed trails. Sights and highlights Wide range of trails available, depending on your fitness levels, the weather conditions, and how far you want to walk. Trails open at sunrise and close at sunset. There are no toilets on the trails, fires are prohibited, and we ask that you take all your rubbish with you. What to bring Hat Sunscreen Camera Comfortable walking shoes Drinking water A jacket or warm clothing Booking information No bookings required. However, it is important to notify someone about where you are going if you are heading off on your own. How to get there Refer to the individual walking trails for information about where each starts and finishes. A free walking map is available at the tour desk. The information above should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time.