There's no better way to reveal the Whitsunday's hidden treasures than by lacing up your sneakers and setting off on a scenic hike.

Whether you are searching for secluded beaches, panoramic lookouts, or a peaceful retreat, the Whitsundays has a track for every adventurer. Over 20km of scenic walks and private beaches invite exploration, ensuring there's something for every nature enthusiast. So, let's take a stroll through some of our favourite hiking and walking trails on the island.

Hamilton Island Icons Trail:

Embark on a journey through the Hamilton Island Icons Trail, where exploration meets breathtaking views. Picture this: a 3-metre tall chair, a giant swing, a tropical hammock and a panoramic viewing platform, all waiting to be discovered amidst an adventurous hiking trail. 


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Passage Peak:

Passage Peak is a must-do for those seeking a challenging yet rewarding hike. The trail takes you up to the highest point on the island, where a picture-perfect viewing platform awaits. For an even more incredible view, head to the lookout just before sunrise or sunset. With 360-degree panoramic views, it’s one of our favourite ways to experience golden hour on the island.


Saddle Junction:

Take a 30-minute amble to Saddle Junction for a leisurely morning or afternoon adventure. Passage Peak, South East Head, Escape Beach, Middle Head and Coral Cove trails converge, providing various route options. Keep an eye out for the Proserpine rock wallabies, and, if you're lucky, spot the whales and dolphins along the way. 


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Escape Beach:

Unravel geological history at Escape Beach. Winding through the Scenic Trail Entrance into Saddle Junction, the trail offers a beachside picnic location protected by rocky outcrops and a giant hammock on a vast stretch of sand.


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Coral Cove:

Before reaching a secluded beach, the Coral Cove circuit meanders through forested land. Here, a giant swing awaits – an Instagram-worthy photo opportunity like no other! Coral Cove is a moderate-level walk, promising serenity and solitude.


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Resort Lookout:

Cap off your exploration experiences with a visit to the Resort Lookout. As you start your journey from the trail entrance, prepare for a soldier-like ascent up a steep hill that promises to be as challenging as it is rewarding. The exertion is forgotten when you conquer the summit, greeted by a breathtaking 360-degree spectacle.


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Whether you're an avid hiker or a casual stroller, the island's trails cater to all fitness levels and provide an immersive experience of nature's beauty. To make the most of your journey, wear appropriate clothing for walking and hiking, a hat and sunscreen, and bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Bushwalking trails open from sunrise to sunset, allowing you to set the pace to your ability.

For the perfect base to begin your adventure, book your stay at Whitsundays Apartments. To reserve your island escape, contact our friendly reservations team at or give us a call us at +61 7 4969 9905. Alternatively, you can find our availability and book with us online.