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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
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
$128.84 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing day
Mandy and paul were amazing. Fun, engaging and fantastic representation for the company. Both showed a great knowledge and passion for their work. Amazing with my daughter too 🥰🥰
emma_w, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

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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!
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Top class
Jeny-Sunny, May 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill
It was a great experience and one of the memorable day we had. Hill inlet was so amazing and there is no words to explain it.
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Great experience Thunder Cat crew thx
TRoy_L, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Great crew the vessel was out at Whitehaven in no time, fast & smooth ride thanks crew great experience.
star-5
Fantastic experience
Tommy_F, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Fantastic, venue, crew, location, food, everything was the best. We traveled with a two and five year old kids and had no problems, they had an amazing time. Highly recommended
star-5
Highly recommend!!!
Margarita_M, Oct 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
My partner and I went on this tour and absolutely loved it! The lookout was breathtaking, the snorkelling spots were amazing, so much beautiful life in the reef, there were even a couple turtles! The crew shared really interesting historic information about the places we were visiting and lunch was great. We even got afternoon tea! Plenty of drinks and chocky bars on board to purchase also! The day overall was perfect!!! Thank you Rory and Sabrina!!! Highly recommend!
star-5
awesome, a must do experience
Neale, Aug 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
White haven beach is awesome ( photos don't do it justice ) and the view from Hill Inlet is terrific. Snorkeling was great. Merran and Shelly sure made for a great experience. Highly recommend.
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 .
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Great day out
Robyn_C, Aug 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
Great day out to a beautiful destination. The day was punctuated by a tasty bar-b-q lunch at Whitehaven Beach. The bush walks to the lookouts were absolutely worth the effort of all the steps. Beautiful scenery and with the sun shining, it was an absolute picture!
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GREAT trip
Christine_H, Jul 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Had a gr8 day with 2 great snorkeling adventures and thr trip to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven were awesome - our guide and driver knowledgeable and very accommodating
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Top tour experience!
Amanda_C, Sep 2021
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Pauly and Sarina were amazing host, they were both extremely funny and knowledgeable about the islands and snorkelling spots. It was an amazing day. We will be back again.
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Caters for everyone tour
HELEN_K, Jul 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill
I chose to go on both walks. Our guide Cameron was not only personable and caring. The information he shared about local history, flora and fauna and past indigenous practises was really fascinating. Two he demonstrated - creating soap with the leaves of a particular eucalypt, and finding a particular ant that tastes like lime cordial (as confirmed by another participant). He also went out of his way to relate to some of the kids in the group.
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First time snorkelling...
Debra_H, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
First time snorkelling surrounded by beautiful fish and then another site amongst coral. The team Cam and Alisha were so much fun helpful and friendly. Lunch more than I expected and the scenery like heaven...I imagine.

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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