Hill Inlet Whitsundays
Hill Inlet Whitsundays Look Out is located at the Northern End of Whitehaven Beach in Queensland, Australia. Access to the viewing platform is from a walking track starting in Tongue Bay on Whitsunday Island. This track can only be accessed by boat. To view exactly where the viewing platform is, see here https://goo.gl/maps/bSQmE9qr6ws
Hill Inlet itself is a fantastic sight, the shifting white silica sands and crystal-clear waters that open up through diverse vegetation pouring out towards the open sea. Hill Inlet is a wide inlet lined with mangrove trees which act as essential homes for diverse marine life in the area.
The walking track is easy through local bushland to the Lookout, giving massive views of Whitehaven Beach and surrounding islands. Most whitsundays tours from airlie beach access the lookout via Tongue Bay and need a special permit granted by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to use the walking track.
Day Tours That Visit Hill Inlet Lookout
$210 Adult $170 Child
Full-Day Tour With 38 Guests 2 Crew
Visits North Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, 2 Snorkel locations
Includes Lunch, Snorkel Gear, Wetsuit
Fast boat, Courtesy Pickup
Full-Day Tour 32 Guests 2 Crew
Visits North Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout, Snorkel Location
Includes Snorkel Gear Included
Fast boat Low seasickness probability
Full-Day Tour Including Hill Inlet Lookout
South End Lookout, North and South Whitehaven Beach
Beach BBQ And Guided Walk
All Ages Welcome, Courtesy Pickup
Whitehaven Beach Full-Day Tour
North Whitehaven Beach
Hill Inlet Lookout
South Whitehaven Beach
South Whitehaven Lookout
Includes Lunch and Shuttle Transfers
Hill Inlet Whitsundays Look Out Travel Information
The track from Tounge Bay to Hill inlet Whitsundays lookout is graded easy to moderate. The walk is a 1.3km return journey and will take around 40 minutes. The track that branches off to Bettys Beach is 500 meters away and takes about 20 minutes. There are no bathroom facilities in the area.
Upon Visiting Hill Inlet Lookout, you can walk down to Bettys Beach in the inlet. While technically, this is not Whitehaven Beach, it has all the attributes of the main beach, including the stunning 98% pure silica sand. When visiting this area on low tide, you will be immersed in large regions of silica sand with water pools trapped by the outgoing tide. Many of the pictures you see have been taken in this area.
How to get to Hill Inlet Whitsundays lookout
- Whitsundays Day tour – Many companies visit the area with various vessels.
- Overnight Sailing Tour – Most overnight companies visit the Tongue Point walking track, ranging from 1 to 3 nights, and all kinds of boats.
- Tours by Air – Some seaplanes and helicopters have scenic flights over Hill Inlet; while you will not land, the view is a lot better for the air
- Personal boat – As it’s on the eastern side of the islands, make sure the winds are 15 Knotts or below to save yourself from a rough ride.
Most tours depart from Airlie Beach, and times to get to the inlet vary depending on the boat. Most day tours reach the destination in around 90 minutes, while overnight sailing boats can take up to 5 hours to reach Tongue Bay. Almost all tours stop for a snorkel on the way out, so it can vary to which time you reach the jewel in the crown of the Whitsundays. Tour operators also have to consider winds and tides, as Tongue Bay is hard to access during low tide due to shallow reefs in the area.
What to take when visiting Hill Inlet Whitsundays Look Out.
- Shoes are best for the walking track, but thongs will work nicely as it’s only a 15 min walk.
- Hat – wide-brimmed if possible
- Sunscreen – 30+ is best
- Water – the tropics are sweltering most of the year
- Camera – You do not want to miss this view!
- Drone – You will get some incredible footage from the beach or lookout.