Bush & Walking Trails Exploring Hamilton Island on foot can be a great way to explore its natural beauty, at your own pace. Discover secluded, sandy coves, climb to the top of the island for stunning views, or enjoy a picnic in one of the island’s many picnic spots. View our Walking Trail Map A few things to note about bushwalking on Hamilton Island: There are a range of trails available depending on your fitness levels, and how far you want to walk. Please consider weather conditions before setting off. There are no toilets on the trails. Fires are prohibited on the island. To keep the environment as pristine as possible, please take all your rubbish with you. If you’re walking alone, let someone know before you start out, and never swim alone at secluded beaches. With tables scattered along the walking trails, there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a picnic. Try these Hamilton Island bushwalks: A) Hideaway Bay Like the name suggests, this hidden beach is just a short stroll away from the Scenic Trail entrance. Discover this secluded bay where you can enjoy the tranquil waters and views towards Whitsunday Island whilst you lay and relax in a private hammock – get there early and you might just have the beach all to yourself. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. B) Saddle Junction Starting from the Scenic Trail Entrance, follow the Scenic Trail to Saddle Junction, which is the main junction for the Passage Peak, South East Head, Escape Beach, Middle Head and Coral Cove trails. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 1.8km | 45 minute (one way) C) Flat Top Hill Lookout Start from the Resort Trail entrance and continue to the Resort Lookout Junction. Walk along the Saddle Junction trail for 100m where a left turn will take you onto the Flat Top Hill trail. From there, it is only a short walk to the Flat Top Hill Viewing Area, where you can sit back and relax, taking in the magical views to the north and south. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 1.2km | 30 minute (one way) D) Passage Peak It is recommended the Passage Peak walk is commenced from the Scenic Trail Entrance. This is a spectacular but challenging walk. Once you have negotiated the final steep section of this trail you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Whitsundays from the highest point on Hamilton Island, Passage Peak. Grade 3 (Challenging) walk with many steps. Distance: 2.7km | 1hour 15 minute (one way) E) Middle Head Trail Starting from Turkey Nest Junction, this trail takes you along a landscape rich in Australian native flora. Middle Head trail ends at the top of a hill with glimpses of the Whitsunday islands and waters to the south. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 3.1km | 1 hour 15 minute (one way). F) Coral Cove Starting from the Scenic Trail Entrance via Saddle Junction, Coral Cove is a secluded, peaceful and relaxing beach where you can enjoy views south to Lindeman Island. Here you will also find a giant swing, it’s picture perfect with the crystal clear water backdrop. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 3.1km | 1 hour 15 minute (one way) G) Escape Beach Trail From the Scenic Trail Entrance, continue through Saddle Junction to Escape Beach. Here you'll find clear waters lapping onto a sandy beach protected by huge rocky outcrops. These spectacular features create a secluded and charming retreat. For the adventurous, this walk can also include South East Head and Passage Peak before returning back to Saddle Junction. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 3.3km | 1 hour 30 minute (one way). H) Resort Lookout This is an excellent introduction to our island walks, taking you through typical Whitsunday bushland starting at the Resort Trail Entry. The Resort Lookout is the second highest point on Hamilton Island. It drops off to sheer cliffs and allows an excellent panoramic view of the resort, marina village, airport and surrounding islands. The Resort Trail Entrance is at the eastern end of the Conference Centre. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 1.7km | 45 minute (one way). I) South East Head Trail Dense bush gives way to exposed, rock features and sharp cliffs on this trail. A gigantic chair awaits you at the end of the walk to sit back, relax and take in the stunning views of the Lindeman group of islands. For the adventurous, include a walk via Passage Peak or Escape Beach before returning to Saddle Junction. Grade 3 (Moderate) walk. Distance: 4.4km | 1 hour 45 minute (one way). Walking Tips Fitness: A reasonable to high level of fitness is required for all trails due to the hilly terrain and warm climate. Water: Taking water is essential. 1-2 litres per person, per hour. Hat/sunblock: Use regardless of weather conditions. Shoes: Most trails are rocky. Sturdy, enclosed footwear with good tread is required. Clothing: Wear comfortable and breathable clothing that protects you from the sun, including a hat. Snacks: Health food bars and fruit are suggested. Walking alone: Inform someone where you are going and when you will be back. There is no mobile coverage in some areas of the tracks. Camera: Great idea! Insect repellent: Use for your own protection. Please note there are no toilets on the walking trails. Safety Considerations If you are walking in the morning or afternoon be aware of the time of sunrise and sunset. Hamilton Island accepts no liability for any injuries sustained. Irukandji Jellyfish During the summer months when the ocean is warm, the waters of the Whitsundays experience an increased presence of the small transparent jellyfish – Irukandji. Symptoms of the Irukandji sting include severe pain, muscle constriction and breathing difficulties requiring immediate medical attention. With this in mind, please avoid swimming on secluded beaches and always swim in the presence of others. For your safety we recommend swimming in the range of pools provided throughout the island. Gympie-Gympie Stinging Tree Gympie-Gympie has broad oval or heart-shaped leaves with saw-tooth edges and white or purple-red fruit. They are covered in stinging hairs which appear furry. Brushing against the tree will cause the hairs to embed into the skin and cause an extremely painful stinging sensation. If stung, do not rub the area, and seek urgent medical attention. Please stay on marked trails to avoid contact with the plant. Details at a glance Opening hours Bush & walking trails are open from 6.30am to 5.30pm. The trails are not staffed and do not get closed off in the evenings. We recommend you walk at a time of day that suits your level of ability. Sights and highlights Wide range of trails available, depending on your fitness levels, the weather conditions, and how far you want to walk. There are no toilets on the trails, fires are prohibited, and we ask that you take all your rubbish with you. What to bring Hat Sunscreen Camera Comfortable walking shoes Drinking water A jacket or warm clothing Booking information No bookings required. However, it is important to notify someone about where you are going if you are heading off on your own. How to get there Refer to the individual walking trails for information about where each starts and finishes. A free walking map is available at the tour desk. The information above should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time.