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Hill Inlet

Hill Inlet

Whitsunday Island National Park, Airlie Beach, Queensland

The Basics

The views over Hill Inlet are best from up high, so you can see the meeting of sand and sea from a distance. Some travelers opt for airplane or helicopter rides over the inlet, but great views are also available from a lookout on Tongue Point, a short and fairly easy uphill walk through rain forest. You can also swim and paddle in the waters of Whitehaven Beach (but heed warnings about stinging jellyfish).

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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
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Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
$124.11 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best day tour out!!
Brilliant day out with an enthusiastic crew was amazing worth the walk to view Whitehaven beach from the top
Karen_G, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

star-5
An Impressive Trip.
Michelle_W, Jan 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
This is an amazing trip. Whitehaven Beach is the best beach. The scenery is so beautiful from Hill Inlet Lookout. Definitely worth to go.
star-4
Stunning views
Taylor_N, Jan 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Was an excellent day, would recommend highly to anyone that is looking for a trill and a relaxing day.
star-5
Whiteheave X press-The best choice on this holiday
Mary_F, Dec 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
We really really enjoy this trip with X press. BBQ is much more suitable for our taste rather than buffet on the ship. Also, we could enjoy the freedom, choose what we really prefer. We choose not go to first bushwalking’s, staying on the beach so nice. My daughter doesn’t want to leave at all. No rush, so enjoy the time.
star-5
Very adventurous, fantastic tour.
Syed_R, Dec 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
The tour was incredible and very adventurous. Crew members were very friendly and professional. It is strongly recommended for people of all ages from 5 to 75. Views were amazing. It is definitely value for money.
star-5
Amazing
jael_t, Dec 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
The staff is very friendly, it was a really good experience. I recommend it since I had no expectations but I was very happy
star-5
Penny for my thoughts
Taylah_M, Jan 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Penny and Grant were awesome. A long and enjoyable boat ride followed by a swim at Whitehaven Beach, an optional walk up to a lookout and two amazing snorkelling experiences. Even the food was great.
star-5
Amazing day with the...
emmanuelle_b, Dec 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Amazing day with the crew!!! So kind and helpful, I recommend !!! Thank you guys ❤️For this trip in the Whitsundays.
star-5
Fun, fabulous and friendly!
Amanda_L, Dec 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Fantastic and fun experience from start to finish! Wonderful friendly and professional staff, variety of activities and glorious natural environments.
star-5
Fantastic day out!
Andrea_B, Sep 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Our family really enjoyed this day out, our girls are 13 and 11. We went bush walking Hill inlet then lunch at Whitehaven, just stunning and onto two snorkel spots, where at one we spotted a turtle. Plenty of cool fish and coral to see, highly recommended!
star-5
What a beautiful day...
Jiemin_L, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
What a beautiful day out.! Whitehaven beach is amazing, crew staff is so friendly and helpful. BBQ is delicious .
star-5
Great experience,...
alireza_h, Dec 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Great experience, friendly stuff, delicious snacks and foods, enjoyed it. Recommend to all who love snorkeling and adventure
star-5
Mind blowing views
Jodie_C, Dec 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Ivan and Jess were fantastic tour guides we loved the inlet walk up to looking over Whitehaven Beach incredible views.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The seas of tropical northern Queensland aren’t safe to swim in year-round. Deadly jellyfish can be present at any time, but October through May are especially dangerous. Stick to net-protected areas, and follow local advice and signs.

  • The only way to stay overnight at Whitehaven Beach is to sleep on a boat moored offshore or camp at a basic national park site. Campers must be totally self-sufficient and take waste out with them.

  • Whitehaven Beach has no commercial facilities, so take your own lunch (or find out whether your tour operator provides it).

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How to Get There

Unless you have your own boat, a yacht, ferry, or motorboat tour of the Whitsunday Islands is the best way to reach Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. Not all tours stop at Whitehaven Beach or include time at the Tongue Point lookout, though, so verify before booking.

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When to Get There

For ideal views, visit Hill Inlet when the tide is low, or on its way out. The timing of tides changes daily, so check local conditions, or confirm with your tour company that you’ll be going during low tide.

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View Heart Reef

Another nearby attraction best seen from the air is Heart Reef—which, as the name suggests, is indeed shaped like a heart. Scenic flights over the reef often include Hill Inlet, too. Note that you can’t snorkel or dive on the reef, as it’s in a protected area.

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