Hill Inlet Lookout

Hill Inlet Lookout: Our most recommended tours and activities

Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

1. Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

After pickup from your accommodation, head to the marina in Airlie Beach by bus. Board the custom-built catamaran and enjoy fresh, homemade, gluten-free brownies as a morning snack. The first stop is at one of the area's many beautiful reefs to go snorkeling. Be blown away by the vivid colors, bountiful fish, and coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef's outer fringes. This spot offers a quieter way to experience the UNESCO-protected reef. Then, head to the second snorkeling spot on the northern tip of Hook Island. With your guide, discover the area's underwater valleys, caves, and a variety of marine life. Continue to Whitehaven Beach for a buffet lunch of zucchini frittatas and quiche lorraine served with cold sliced meats, cheeses, salad, and fresh bread. After lunch, join a guided bush walk and history talk to Hill Inlet Lookout, located at the northern end of the beach. Admire the world-famous spot where white sands and turquoise waters blend in a unique swirling effect. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach and soak up the scenery. An afternoon snack of fresh fruit will be provided before the scenic journey back to Airlie Beach by boat. Be dropped back at your accommodation at approximately 5:00 PM.

Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

2. Whitsundays Ocean Rafting Tour: Snorkel, Walk & Whitehaven

Take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bushwalk as you embark on the perfect Whitehaven Beach tour, visiting both ends of the world-famous beach. Climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays as you depart from Airlie Beach. Experience a fun ride, adventure, and education on super fast semi-rigid inflatable vessels capable of speeds of up to 35 knots (65 kilometers per hour). Select the North Whitehaven option for an eco-adventure popular amongst avid snorkellers. This includes two different snorkel destinations, a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Select the South Whitehaven option for more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the white silica sand, and a guided walk to Hill Inlet for breathtaking views of the tropical waters. Snorkel for over an hour amid corals and fringing reefs. Either way, enjoy the only tour in the Whitsundays to have direct access to Hill Inlet beaches at Whitehaven. And have peace of mind by traveling with an advanced ecotourism-certified, climate change business and green travel leader.

Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

3. Whitsundays: Ocean Rafting Tour with Snorkel & Scenic Flight

Experience the best of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef in one day: from the water and the air. Visit the Whitsundays’ most iconic destinations. These include the famous Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and secret, exclusive snorkeling locations. Ride, beach, snorkel, and bush walk, all in one day. Visit both ends of the world-famous beach. Departing from Airlie Beach, take to the skies and experience a once-in-a-lifetime, 60-minute scenic flight. Soar over the islands and Great Barrier Reef, including famous Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Guests will have a bird’s eye view of many of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, flying over Whitehaven Beach and picture postcard Hill Inlet before heading out to the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing one of the most photographed reef locations, Heart Reef. The comfortable fixed-wing aircraft offers big window viewing, pilot commentary, and the best views of the Whitsundays. Then, take off on the ride of your life in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Departing from Airlie Beach, climb aboard the fastest day boat in the Whitsundays. This means it is not only an adventurous ride, but distances are covered in a shorter time, leaving more time for activities. The semi-rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing guests to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, enjoy a guided bushwalk to spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout to view and capture photographs of the stunning swirling silica sands and aqua water. This operator is the only tour to have direct access to all areas of the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach to ensure you enjoy the most memorable experience of this special place. If you have selected the 'North Whitehaven' option: This eco-adventure is a favourite amongst avid snorkellers because it is the only Whitsunday adventure which includes two different snorkel destinations. Not only that, but it includes a visit to the stunning beach at Hill Inlet, north end of Whitehaven Beach, and a guided National Park walk to the lookout above the silica sand of Whitehaven. Guests explore the restricted area of beautiful Hill Inlet at Whitehaven Beach.  If you have selected the South Whitehaven Option: This tour visits both the northern and southern ends of Whitehaven Beach with more beach time. Enjoy at least two hours relaxing on the world famous white silica sand, a guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout and experience the Southern Whitehaven Lookout, enjoying breathtaking views of Pentecost Island and the tropical waters of the Whitsundays. Snorkel for over an hour at Border Island, Dumbell Island or one of the “secret” snorkel spots, enjoying the amazing hard and soft corals of the fringing reefs.

From Airlie: Whitsundays Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

4. From Airlie: Whitsundays Full-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

Discover the Whitsunday Islands National Park and beautiful Whitehaven Beach on this 10-hour cruise. Sit onboard the spacious deck in the sun and enjoy refreshments and morning tea. Upon arriving at the famous Whitehaven Beach, you'll see the Hill Inlet lookout, one of the most photographed locations in Australia. Enjoy morning tea and a guided walk following the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people. Your guide will lead you right to the lookout and that picture postcard view. Learn about the history and flora from the informative displays along the way that provide an insight into this picturesque area. Spend the rest of your day relaxing on Whitehaven Beach and playing beach games, with wetsuit hire included. Tuck into a delicious gourmet lunch. Alcoholic beverages and refreshments served throughout the day are all included. Award-winning Airlie Beach restaurants are the caterers for the cruise, which is licensed to serve beer and wine from 11:00 AM. Enjoy afternoon tea before the thrill of sailing on the way home as you reminisce on your perfect day in paradise.

Queensland: Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach Sail & Snorkel

5. Queensland: Airlie Beach to Whitehaven Beach Sail & Snorkel

Jump on board a classic 62-ft gaff-rigged schooner and feel the breeze as you sail across to Whitehaven. Help out to pull up the sails or relax in the sunshine on the deck. Enjoy some morning tea with home-baked chocolate brownies. Sail across the Whitsunday Passage and take a leisurely pace towards Tongue Bay. Look out for turtles swimming through the warm water. Anchor close to shore and walk up to Hill Inlet. Take in the views of the white sands and turquoise waters of Whitehaven Beach and discover why it’s been voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Head back to the boat for a picnic lunch of wraps and homemade frittata. Set sail again and continue to the snorkeling spot on the fringing reef. Savor a refreshing fruit platter in the afternoon and perhaps buy a cocktail from the onboard bar.

Whitehaven Beach: 2-Day Flight and Cruise Tour with Lunch

6. Whitehaven Beach: 2-Day Flight and Cruise Tour with Lunch

This 2-day tour combines a scenic flight over the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef with a day tour to Whitehaven Beach for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy a buffet lunch and access to a variety of beach activities. Your day at Whitehaven Beach commences with a bus transfer from your local accommodation and a direct cruise from the Port of Airlie on a fast, stable, and modern custom-built catamaran. On arrival to Whitehaven, get access to Whitehaven Beach Club with up to 5 hours of beach time. A buffet lunch will be served on the beach and there will be plenty of free time to explore this pristine part of the world. Choose to take a self-guided walk to South Whitehaven Lookout to enjoy magical views of the Whitsunday Islands. Enjoy the flexibility to create your own Whitsundays adventure by choosing up to 2 optional extras: a snorkeling tour or Hill Inlet hike. Later, buckle up for a scenic flight that includes in-flight commentary and a guaranteed window seat that showcases the iconic sights of the Whitsunday Islands with spectacular aerial views of the swirling sands of Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, and the famous Heart Reef.

Airlie Beach: Private Guided 2-Night Yacht Sailing Cruise

7. Airlie Beach: Private Guided 2-Night Yacht Sailing Cruise

Set sail across the Whitsunday Passage on a guided two-night cruise on a luxury sailboat. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life with this sea excursion to Ngaro Cave and Whitehaven. Swim, sunbathe, snorkel, and relax. Dine on fresh seafood and take in the seaside views. Enjoy a welcome onboard with some snacks and drinks for the sunset sail across the passage. Settle into your en suite cabins and dine on deck under the stars. Savor fresh Barramundi fish, salad, bread, and tiger prawns, to name a few items on the menu.  Start your second day with a walk to the Ngaro Cave on Hook Island and see artwork from the local First Nation people. Head to Whitehaven and spend time luxuriating in the white silica sand and splashing around in the turquoise waters in sheltered bays. Visit the best spots to see Manta rays. Walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout to see why Whitehaven Beach has been voted one of the 10 best beaches in the world. Eat lunch back on board. Spend the afternoon, sailing, snorkeling with your guide, and feeding George the friendly Maori Wrasse fish.  Spend the last morning snorkeling and swimming before heading back to Airlie Beach.

From Airlie Beach: Whitsundays 4-Day Private Yacht Charter

8. From Airlie Beach: Whitsundays 4-Day Private Yacht Charter

Cruise around the Whitsunday Islands on this private 4-day charter from Airlie Beach. Discover a stunning array of marine life, snorkel in the best fringing reefs, see artwork from the First Nation in Ngaro Cave, and savor fresh seafood on board.  Celebrate as you step on board with sunset nibbles and a glass of bubbles and set sail across the Whitsunday Passage for your first quiet anchorage away from the crowds. Settle into your cabins - all with en suites.  Dine on deck under the stars from local cuisine (Barramundi, fresh salads, crusty bread, and NQ Tiger prawns - to name a few items on the menu).  Make a walk up to the Ngaro Cave to see artworks from the Aboriginal peoples with many interpretations of their lives.  Then, head for Whitehaven depending on the winds and the tides, and spend the morning or afternoon luxuriating in the white silicate sand and splashing around in the turquoise waters in sheltered bays.  Visit the best spots to see Manta rays and walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout to see why Whitehaven Beach has been voted one of the best 10 beaches in the world. Savor lunch on board, before heading off to your first snorkeling spot.  Spend the afternoon sailing and relaxing. Drop anchor on a quiet second night and a snorkel with your guide. Feed George the Maori Wrasse and swim alongside. The next morning depending on wind and tide head for more snorkeling spots and beach time at Langford spit.  Finally, on day 4, set sail homeward bound across the Whitsunday Passage back to Airlie Beach.

Whitsunday Islands: Multi-Day Private Charter Sailing Yacht

9. Whitsunday Islands: Multi-Day Private Charter Sailing Yacht

Plot your dream sailing trip to the Whitsunday Islands with a fully customizable expedition aboard a private yacht. There is no set itinerary here - you have the whole boat and crew to yourselves, so you can plan a unique itinerary based on the time available, interests of your group, weather conditions, and the tides. Choose between a 3 or 4-day itinerary and set sail for the incredible Whitsunday Islands. Examples of the activities available on a 4-day charter are listed below: 1. Visit the famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout for a whole day. Take your time at these beautiful places and maximise your relaxation. 2. Visit multiple hand-picked snorkelling locations around the islands. If you choose the 4-day charter option, you can visit the outer Great Barrier Reef (weather permitting) where you can snorkel amongst untouched reef and marine life in some of the clearest and pristine waters in the world. 3. Go for bush-walks/hikes on various islands that range from 20 minutes to 3 hours. 4. Experience the beauty of the sunsets of the area by stopping at hangouts such as Langford Island Sand Spit Reef, Scrubhen Beach, or Chalkie’s Beach. In the evenings, chill on deck with the crew and your group, take a drink or two, stargaze, then allow the calm waters to gently rock you to sleep.

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What people are saying about Hill Inlet Lookout

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 811 reviews

Amazing day out! Two beautiful snorkel spots, small bush walk with an amazing view and swim at the amazing Whitehaven beach. Good food and great vibes on the boat. Crew were great (Scotty and Rhys), they kept everyone happy, entertained and well looked after all day. Definitely would go back again.

Rose and Scottie made an amazing job! They were such a good team and made us feel special as guests. It was a funny trip and we have seen amazing lookouts at whithaven beach.

Great experience, staff members were rockstars and made the trip so enjoyable and fun!! Snorkeling spots were BEAUTIFUL!!

Excellent catamaran experience, enjoyed every minute. Highly recommended!

Fantastic day out with a great crew highly recommend