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Ngaro Sea Trail
7 Days  / 80 Kilometres



Description

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.

Enjoy spectacular views from the Hill Inlet lookout. Credit: J Heitman
Enjoy spectacular views from the Hill Inlet lookout. Credit: J HeitmanAborignal artwork in a cave at the Ngaro Cultural Site on Hook Island. Credit: J Heitman
Aborignal artwork in a cave at the Ngaro Cultural Site on Hook Island. Credit: J HeitmanWhitsunday Cairn, on Whitsunday Island, part of the Ngaro Sea Trail. Credit J Heitman
Whitsunday Cairn, on Whitsunday Island, part of the Ngaro Sea Trail. Credit J HeitmanKayak along the Ngaro Sea Trail and follow in the footsteps of the Whitsundays ancestors. Credit: J Heitman
Kayak along the Ngaro Sea Trail and follow in the footsteps of the Whitsundays ancestors. Credit: J Heitman


Journey Details

Duration7 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Water
Distance80 KilometresItinerary RouteCircuit
Mode of TravelBoat
Canoe
Walk
Level of DifficultyLevel of difficulty - Recommended for experienced bushwalkers

Facilities

  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Shaded Area
    Shaded Area
  • Viewing Platform
    Viewing Platform
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Canoe
    Canoe
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Sailing
    Sailing
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking
  • Self-Guided
    Self-Guided
  • Whale Watching
    Whale Watching


Ngaro Sea Trail Full Itinerary

Shute Harbour to Sandy Bay, South Molle Island

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.


Commence the Ngaro Sea Trail at Shute Harbour
Commence the Ngaro Sea Trail at Shute Harbour
Enjoy beautiful views of the islands as soon as you depart Shute Harbour
Enjoy beautiful views of the islands as soon as you depart Shute Harbour
Skipper your own yacht, bareboat hire available at Shute Harbour
Skipper your own yacht, bareboat hire available at Shute Harbour
White Rock, a beautiful first stop from Shute Harbour by kayak
White Rock, a beautiful first stop from Shute Harbour by kayak


Route Details

Distance: 5 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Sandy Bay, South Molle Island to Henning Island

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.


South Molle Island has several campsites
South Molle Island has several campsites


Route Details

Distance: 12 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



Henning Island to Chance Bay

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.


Snorkel at Chance Bay on Whitsunday Island
Snorkel at Chance Bay on Whitsunday Island


Route Details

Distance: 15 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



Chance Bay to Whitehaven Beach

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.


Kayaks provide the best access to all the Whitsunday beaches at any tide
Kayaks provide the best access to all the Whitsunday beaches at any tide


Route Details

Distance: 8 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 4



Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point

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.


The pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach
The pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach, a popular spot for sailors and day trippers
Whitehaven Beach, a popular spot for sailors and day trippers
Southern end of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island
Southern end of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island


Route Details

Distance: 9 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



Tongue Point to Peter Bay

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.


The Hill Inlet lookout, spectacular views of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
The Hill Inlet lookout, spectacular views of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
Cruise north from Whitehaven Beach past Tongue Point
Cruise north from Whitehaven Beach past Tongue Point
The view of Betty's Beach from the Hill Inlet lookout
The view of Betty's Beach from the Hill Inlet lookout


Route Details

Distance: 7 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



Peter Bay to Whitsunday Cairn

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.


Atop Whitsunday Cairn, enjoy expansive Whitsunday island views
Atop Whitsunday Cairn, enjoy expansive Whitsunday island views


Route Details

Distance: 9 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 4



Whitsunday Cairn to Curlew Beach

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.


Curlew Beach campground, in Macona Inlet on Hook Island, Whitsundays
Curlew Beach campground, in Macona Inlet on Hook Island, Whitsundays


Route Details

Distance: 6 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



Curlew Beach to Ngaro Cultural site

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.


The Ngaro Cultural Site, Aboriginal cave paintings in Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsundays
The Ngaro Cultural Site, Aboriginal cave paintings in Nara Inlet, Hook Island, Whitsundays
Intepretive signage explains the significance of the Ngaro Cultural Site
Intepretive signage explains the significance of the Ngaro Cultural Site
Nara Inlet provides safe anchorage in almost all weather conditions
Nara Inlet provides safe anchorage in almost all weather conditions


Route Details

Distance: 6 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 3



Ngaro Cultural site to Dugong Beach

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.


Dugong Beach, a protected anchorage in Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island
Dugong Beach, a protected anchorage in Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island
View from the Dugong to Sawmill Beach bushwalk on Whitsunday Island
View from the Dugong to Sawmill Beach bushwalk on Whitsunday Island
Camping on Dugong Beach, Whitsunday Island
Camping on Dugong Beach, Whitsunday Island
The challenging Whitsunday Peak walk rewards hikers with sweeping island views
The challenging Whitsunday Peak walk rewards hikers with sweeping island views


Route Details

Distance: 15 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 4



Dugong Beach to Shute Harbour

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.


Return to Shute Harbour, completing the Ngaro Sea Trail Journey
Return to Shute Harbour, completing the Ngaro Sea Trail Journey
Stop off at White Rock on the way back to Shute Harbour
Stop off at White Rock on the way back to Shute Harbour


Route Details

Distance: 21 Kilometres
Mode of Travel: Canoe
Route Type: One Way

Experiences
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Beach
    Beach
  • Cruise
    Cruise
  • Island
    Island
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Sport
    Sport
  • Wildlife
    Wildlife


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 4



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