The Whitsunday Cairn walk is located on Whitsunday Island within Whitsunday Islands National Park. Dotting the scenic aquamarine waters, these hilly islands were formed when changing sea levels drowned a mainland mountain range. The Whitsunday reefs have outstanding coral cover and variety. Whitsunday Island supports a population of unadorned rock-wallabies. From May to September the Whitsundays are an important calving ground for migrating humpback whales.... more
Steep and challenging, the four kilometre track to Whitsunday Cairn leads off Cairn Beach, the most northern beach on Whitsunday Island. A demanding ascent takes you through hoop pines and dry rainforest. Keep carefully to the ridge line as you walk through drier open woodland where giant grasstrees dominate. Emerge onto a wind-exposed rock outcrop below the towering Whitsunday Cairn for breathtaking views. Walk safely as there is no defined track. Triangular track markers intermittently mark the way. This walk is for fit and experienced walkers only. Allow at least three hours to complete this track of a difficult grade.... less
|Duration||3 Hours||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||4 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Return
|Mode of Travel||Walk||Level of Difficulty|
The Whitsunday Cairn track is managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Please note that this map only shows an indicative start point for the walk. The track route and end point are not shown and this map cannot be used for navigation purposes. Please see the Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing web site for detailed maps and the latest park information, including opening hours and safety messages. When you are in the park, make sure you refer to signs at the start of the track for more information.