As per Half 1 of our bushwalking information, should you get pleasure from a superb stroll in nature, the Whitsunday Islands are undoubtedly the place for you.
There are over 40 tracks and trails of various lengths and difficulties and that is your definitive information on the subject of strolling the area.
Half 1 lined the Whitsunday Islands Nationwide Park which incorporates Whitsunday Island, Langford Island, Hook Island, Haslewood Island and Border Island.
In Half 2, we will cowl the Molle and Linderman Islands Nationwide Park together with South Molle Island, Lengthy Island and Linderman Island.
Half 3 will wrap it up with the Conway Nationwide Park showcasing walks across the Conway Ranges and Mount Rooper.
Earlier than exploring the tracks, listed below are a couple of necessary security suggestions and pointers:
- When embarking in your bushwalking journey, by no means stroll alone and let household/associates know your deliberate trek.
- Ensure you plan your hike based mostly by yourself health ranges.
- Guarantee you have got appropriate footwear, insect repellent, sunscreen and a hat. Journey mild, however guarantee you have got emergency provides, snacks and particularly loads of water.
- Verify tide-times and most significantly – have enjoyable!
Strolling Observe Grade Meanings:
South Molle Island
Sandy Bay – 4.2km a technique. Strolling time: 2hr.
Set your anchor down in Bauer Bay and as soon as ashore, you’ll discover the doorway to this and different trails in the direction of the suitable of the seashore, close to the brand new jetty. This stroll is comparatively clean and simple and can take you thru patches of native grasslands and scattered grasstrees. The seashore a part of this path is lined with coastal she-oaks and weeping casuarinas.
Mount Jeffreys – 4km a technique from Sandy Bay. Strolling time: 2hr.
– 3km a technique from Bauer Bay. Strolling time: 1–1.5hr.
Should you’re in search of sensational views, that is the stroll for you, as Mt Jeffrey’s is South Molle’s highest level! Take this gradual slope as much as the highest and also you’ll be rewarded with wonderful panoramic views of the Whitsunday islands and mainland.
Spion Kop – 4.2km a technique from Sandy Bay. Strolling time: 2hr.
– 2.3km a technique from Bauer Bay. Strolling time: 2hr.
One other monitor that gives unimaginable views, you’ll traverse rainforests, grasslands, an open eucalyptus forest and go by way of an historical Ngaro stone quarry (an space of shattered rock excessive on the hillside) in your means as much as lookouts that overlook the previous resort and Whitsunday Passage. Undoubtedly one in all South Molle’s should see’s!
Balancing Rock – 2km return. Strolling time: 1hr.
Whereas this stroll isn’t too troublesome, it’s value noting that a few of the rocky crevices can get slippery within the moist, so please watch out. When you attain the highest, you’ll understand why that is referred to as Balancing Rock – because it’s successfully an enormous balancing rock atop a rocky outcrop and, enjoyable reality, that is the one place you possibly can view South Molle’s solely lake!
Lamond Hill – 4.4km a technique from Sandy Bay. Strolling time: 2hr.
– 3.3km a technique from Bauer Bay. Strolling time: 1.5hr.
Named after author Henry Lamond, who’s articles helped publicise the island again within the 1920’s and 30’s. For this stroll, enter from the western finish of Bauer Bay and head uphill. The climb is reasonably steep, however as soon as atop the hill you see what Lamond was speaking about once you see the view of the mainland’s ranges.
Paddle Bay – 2.2km return. Strolling time: 1hr.
Meander down from Bauer Bay Seashore to a coral seashore, the place, at low tide, you possibly can stroll to Mid Molle Island. It’s a superb factor this stroll solely takes an hour, since you’ll solely have about 4 hours (two hours earlier than and after low tide) to finish the stroll, in any other case, you would possibly end up getting fairly moist!
Lengthy Island Circuit – 3.5km circuit. Strolling time: 1.5hr.
Take a while to take a look at Glad Bay through the Lengthy Island circuit. There are some spectacular views and, whilst you’re right here, Glad Bay can be a great place for kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.
Pandanus Bay – 900m return from Palm Bay. Strolling time: 30min.
– 1.5km return from Glad Bay. Strolling time: 1hr.
Casually stroll throughout the slender island neck to a rocky seashore lined by native pandanus palms.
Humpy Level – 1.2km return from Glad Bay. Strolling time: 30min.
– 2.6km return from Palm Bay. Strolling time: 1hr.
This stroll is a beautiful meander by way of a dry, shady rainforest thicket the place you’ll expertise an intriguing plant group!
Sandy Bay – 5.8km return from Palm Bay. Strolling time: 3hr.
– 8.2km return from Glad Bay. Strolling time: 4hr.
The one factor higher than going for a scenic hike is when it leads you to a secluded seashore. Make a day of it and pack a lunch for this one so you possibly can picnic and swim earlier than heading again!
Mount Oldfield Observe – 7.2km return. Strolling time: 3.5hr.
Lindeman Islands Nationwide Park options quite a lot of vegetation sorts together with rainforest in sheltered pockets, open forest in drier areas, eucalypt forests, thick vine forests, grasslands and wetlands – all of which you’ll get to see on this regular climb up from the jetty. And if crops aren’t your factor, you might be additionally handled to magnificent views in all instructions alongside the way in which.