Whitsunday Islands National Park Whitsundays

Enjoy uninterrupted views over the Whitsunday islands from the Whitsunday Peak track. Photo credit: Justin Heitman © Queensland Government

The iconic Hill Inlet is not to be missed on a visit to Whitsunday Islands National Park. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Whitsunday Peak track

Challenge yourself with a climb to the ‘roof of the Whitsundays’ and be awestruck by spectacular panoramic vistas.

Journey type
Walk
Distance
5km return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
Time suggested
Allow 4hrs walking time.
Grade
Difficult (walk)
Where
View map

Accessible by

  • Boat
  • Canoe or kayak

Journey facilities

  • Lookout (natural)
  • Walking

Escape the busy beaches and explore tropical rainforest gullies and windblown heath on your climb up this 437m-high summit.

Experience a test of physical strength and endurance on the hike before being rewarded with breathtaking views over the islands and surrounding mainland.

Forming part of the Whitsunday Ngaro sea trail, this track also offers impressive views from the natural lookout at Sawmill Beach. Skip through waves or enjoy a packed lunch in the sheltered picnic area tucked in the surrounding vine forest.

Keep an eye out for graceful sea-eagles using this harbour as their nesting ground.

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 Whitsunday Peak track is on Whitsunday Island in Whitsunday Islands National Park, located offshore from the Queensland central coast, 25km east of Airlie Beach.

  • The Whitsunday Peak track begins at Sawmill Beach in Cid Harbour, on the western side of Whitsunday Island.
  • Sawmill Beach is about 41nm (76km) from Shute Harbour (travelling in an anti-clockwise direction).
  • Anchoring is permitted in Cid Harbour. Access to this site is possible from mid to high tide.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
  • 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 tours

  • 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.

Charter boat

  • Bare boats or private charters are available from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and Hamilton Island.

Private vessel

  • 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.

Aircraft

  • Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach have airstrips and commercial operators offer sightseeing tours.

Wheelchair access

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Whitsunday Peak track is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting Whitsunday Islands safely and Walk with care.