Hill Inlet lookout track
Take an uphill stroll to twin lookouts offering stunning vistas over Hill Inlet’s turquoise waters and white sweeping sands.
- Journey type
- 1.3km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 40min walking time.
- Moderate (walk)
- Canoe or kayak
- Lookout (natural)
- Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland
- Photo credit: Justin Heitman © Queensland Government
Hike this short uphill walk to lookouts on the crest of Tongue Bay and admire breathtaking vistas over the inlet. Marvel at the ever-changing shapes of blue water and white silica sand created by the moving tides.
Be sure to have your camera ready to capture brilliant images! Watch out for migratory wading birds foraging in the shallow waters, and stingrays and sharks cruising out in the deep.
Learn about the unique lifestyle of this area’s Traditional Owners—the Ngaro People—from signs along the way.
With excellent anchorage at Hill Inlet and Tongue Bay, why not make a day of exploring this beautiful part of the Whitsundays?
Whitsunday Islands National Park is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, famed for its superlative natural beauty, outstanding examples of reef ecosystem development, evolutionary history and amazing diversity.
Getting there and getting around
The Hill Inlet lookout track is on Whitsunday Island in Whitsunday Islands National Park, located offshore from the Queensland central coast, 25km east of Airlie Beach.
- The Hill Inlet lookout track is located at Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island, overlooking Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.
- Tongue Point is on the northern side of Hill Inlet, about 26.5nm (49km) from Shute Harbour (travelling in an anti-clockwise direction).
- Public moorings are available in Tongue Bay.
- Anchoring is permitted at Tongue Bay and Hill Inlet. Access is possible from mid to high tide.
- Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
- The lookout can be accessed from the track beginning at Tongue Bay or from the Lookout Beach track.
- For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
Getting to the Whitsundays
- Travel on the Bruce Highway to Proserpine, 125km north of Mackay.
- From Proserpine, drive 25km east along Shute Harbour Road to Airlie Beach, and continue a further 10km to Shute Harbour. Book your tour or charter boat or launch your vessel from here.
- All roads to the boat launch sites are suitable for conventional 2WDs.
The islands' national park is easily accessible by commercial tours and transfers, charter boat and private vessel from the coastal towns of Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Hamilton Island (20km south-east of Shute Harbour) is also accessible by aircraft.
- Commercial operators offer day trips, camping tours and boat, camper and kayak transfers departing from Abell Point Marina at Airlie Beach and from Shute Harbour.
- Bare boats or private charters are available from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island.
- There are public boat ramps at Port of Airlie and Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour, Cannonvale (4km east of Airlie Beach), Dingo Beach (50km north-west of Airlie Beach), Conway Beach (38km south of Airlie Beach) and Midge Point (60km south of Airlie Beach).
- Always take the weather and tidal influences into account when boating in the Whitsundays.
- Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach have airstrips and commercial operators offer sightseeing tours.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Hill Inlet lookout track is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
For more safety information see Visiting Whitsunday Islands safely and Walk with care.
- Feral animal control program involving ground shooting: Hook Island, Whitsunday Islands National Park 29 May to 2 June 2023
- Visitors to Great Barrier Reef reminded to be SharkSmart 14 October 2020 to 22 August 2023