The Whitsunday islands and coast were home to the Ngaro people for over 9000 years. Many sites throughout the islands hold special meaning for Ngaro descendents and are a continuing connection to Country. The Ngaro people welcome you to their homeland and hope you enjoy your visit.
Traversing land and sea, the Ngaro Sea Trail is a unique journey that can be undertaken by boat, kayak and, partially, on foot.
|Duration||7 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||80 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Circuit
|Mode of Travel||Boat|
|Level of Difficulty|
Start your journey on the Ngaro Sea Trail at Shute Harbour, and kayak or sail to Sandy Bay on South Molle Island to set up camp for your first night.
A slightly more challenging route, crossing the southern section of the Whitsunday Passage. Begin by heading in a south-easterly direction towards the northern tip of Long Island, then make your way east to Henning Island, which is situated just north west of Hamilton Island. Camp on Henning Island for the night.
Travel by sea past the northern side of Hamilton Island and its famous main beach, Catseye Beach. Continue to the east to Chance Bay, on the southern side of Whitsunday Island. From Chance Bay, enjoy a 2.5 kilometre one way bushwalk to Whitehaven Beach. Chance Bay is a secluded bay, and a great anchorage for boats during northerly winds.
Head out around the southern tip of Whitsunday Island through the Solway Passage en route to the famous Whitehaven Beach. Alternatively, you can enjoy a beautiful 2.5 kilometre one way bushwalk from Chance Bay to Whitehaven Beach and have your crew meet you at the other end with your boat. Camp overnight at the campsite here at the southern end of Whitehaven Beach.
Continue your journey along the magnificent seven kilometre length of Whitehaven Beach to Hill Inlet and into Tongue Bay. Climb to the lookout on Tongue Point for sensational views down Hill Inlet and the length of Whitehaven Beach.
Climb to the Hill Inlet Lookout from Tongue Bay to enjoy spectacular views of Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. There are no camping facilities at Tongue Point, so continue heading north to Peter Bay to camp for the night.
Head north from Peter Bay and follow the coastline around the tip of Whitsunday Island west into Hook Passage. On the northwestern tip of Whitsunday Island, find the access to the walking track up to Whitsunday Cairn, a somewhat steep and slightly challenging walk.
Return from the Cairn to the beach and resume your journey by heading through Hook Passage to the southwest, crossing the passage and following Hook Island around to the far side of Macona Inlet. Here you will find your next campsite at Curlew Beach.
From Curlew Beach, head south out of Macona Inlet, and west towards Nara Inlet. Turn north into Nara Inlet and continue to the very end of the inlet, to the start of the walking track up to the Ngaro Cultural Site.
Depart the Ngaro Cultural Site and return to Whitsunday Island in a south easterly direction. The next campsite is located at Dugong Beach within Cid Harbour, a very protected anchorage in almost all weather. Enjoy a short 1km bushwalk from Dugong Beach south to Sawmill Beach and onto the challenging walk up Whitsunday Peak. Considered one of the most challenging bushwalks in the islands, Whitsunday Peak rises over 400 metres above sea level, over 2.5 kilometres one way.
Leave Dugong Beach in a south westerly direction, pass through Cid Harbour and head west, back to Shute Harbour. Within Cid Harbour, on your left, on Whitsunday Island, are further campsites if you wish to extend your stay. Nari's Beach and Joe's Beach offer facilities. On your right, is Ross Islet (Orchid Rock), just off Cid Island, where you may be able to snorkel and observe the local birdlife from the water.
Take care crossing Whitsunday Passage on your return to Shute Harbour. Stop at White Rock for a break before arriving at your final destination.