Lindeman Islands National Park Mackay

Things to do

    Camping and accommodation


    Facilities vary, but if present are limited to toilets and/or picnic tables. Campers must be self-sufficient. Remember to take fresh water, a fuel stove for cooking and insect repellent. Open fires and generators are not permitted. Remove all rubbish to the mainland.

    Visitor numbers are limited to ensure a quality experience. Camping permits are required and fees apply. You will need to book your site and purchase your permit in advance. Display your camping permit tag prominently on your tent—there are fines for camping without it.

    Camp at Lindeman Island’s Boat Port, which has bushwalking opportunities, or Shaw Island’s Neck Bay. Please note that access to Neck Bay is limited to mid-high tides only.


    More than 16km of bushwalks are available on Lindeman and Seaforth islands. Take advantage of these to enjoy views and discover the varied vegetation types on these islands.

    Lindeman Island walks

    Departing form the airport hut near the resort

    Mount Oldfield (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 7.2km return

    Time: Allow 3.5hrs

    Details: This walk involves a steady climb and features some of the most diverse vegetation on the island. You will be rewarded with spectacular views on reaching the peak. Remember water and your camera.

    Coconut Beach (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 5.4km return

    Time: Allow 2hrs

    Details: This track takes you through eucalypt forest to the resort dam, a great place for bird spotting. It then descends to the sandy beach through fringing scrub, giving the beach a secluded feel.

    Coconut Beach–Boat Port Circuit (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 6.5km return

    Time: Allow 3hrs

    Details: Walk this track as a circuit or as separate sections to either Coconut Beach or Boat Port.

    Boat Port (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 5.4km return

    Time: Allow 3hrs

    Details: This walk passes through rainforest, grassland and open forest and offers spectacular views. Steeper sections are involved.

    Gap Beach (Grade: moderate)

    Distance: 5.4km return

    Time: Allow 2–3hrs

    Details: Winding through eucalypt forest and dry rainforest this track emerges at a pebbly beach. Enjoy spectacular views of nearby Pentecost Island.

    Departing from the resort end of the airstrip

    Plantation Beach (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 4.2km return

    Time: Allow 2.5hrs

    Details: Mainly grassland, this track also winds through rainforest, emerging at a rocky foreshore. Check tide times before setting out. At high tide you will have to cross a small creek.

    Seaforth Island walks

    Orchid Beach to Esme Beach (Grade: easy)

    Distance: 1km return

    Time: Allow 45mins

    Details: This track joins Seaforth Island’s two beaches.

    Read more about walking in the national parks of the Whitsundays.

    Guided tours and talks

    There are a number of commercially operated tours available of Lindeman Islands National Park. See the tourism information links or visit local tourism agents for more information.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    Some of the islands offer picnic areas, most near a beach. Facilities vary, but may include picnic tables and toilets. For a complete list check the Parks of the Whitsundays map (PDF, 360.8KB) . Open fires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands. Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.

    Boating and fishing

    This area has been described as a boating paradise with deep blue waters, tropical weather and secluded islands to explore.

    Visit the Whitsunday national park islands web page for vital information on boating and fishing.

    Swimming and snorkelling

    Although water is usually clearer on the northern sides of the outer islands, snorkelling over Lindeman Island’s reef flat at high tide can still be rewarding. Beware of dangerous marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months. Swim at Naked Lady Beach, on Thomas Island, where the protected bay and sandy beach offer a wonderful swimming area.

    Read more vital information about swimming and snorkelling in the Whitsundays.


    Go birdwatching around the wetlands on Lindeman Island. See forest kingfishers, swamp hens and bush stone-curlews.

    Birds are plentiful, particularly from October to March when thousands of waders migrate here to nest. Some boating restrictions apply during this period—see Take care of nesting seabirds for details.

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