Whitsunday Island Trail, Whitsunday Islands National Park
Whitsunday Islands National Park is central to the tourism offering of the Whitsunday region, with Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet being iconic Australian locations and major drawcards for domestic and international visitors to the State.
Whitsunday Island is the largest of the Whitsunday group of islands. It is famed for its natural beauty, particularly the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. The entire island is designated as part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park which is itself within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. It features six public campsites and eight walking tracks.
The State Government committed $2.78 million to establish a new multi-day walk across the island from Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point and a $5 million election commitment to establish unique, premium eco-tourism facilities and experiences (including eco-accommodation options) on the island.
The Queensland Government intends to link via a multi-day walking track the southernmost point of Whitehaven Beach to Tongue Point. Existing walking tracks on the Island, being the Solway Circuit track, the Chance Bay track, the Beach track and Hill Inlet lookout track will be incorporated into the greater Whitsunday Island Trail. The 20 kilometre connection between those tracks is to be constructed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Most tourists would cover the whole length of the proposed Whitsunday Trail in two days.
For more information on the existing trails, visit Department of Environment and Science website: www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/whitsunday-islands/