Hill Inlet

Quite possibly the most photographed place in the Whitsundays, Hill Inlet provides nothing less of breathtaking views.

Located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet is a beautiful sand formation that occurs as the tide shifts. White sand in contrast with blue-green hues creates a picturesque tie-dye-like mosaic. With three lookouts on offer, we recommend taking the light hike to witness the panoramic views from above.

Hill Inlet Lookout, Whitsunday Islands lookout of swirling sands at Whitehaven Beach

Most boats opt for mooring at Tongue Bay, then taking a short but beautiful hike up to the lookout before presiding down to the beach. We recommend planning to get to the lookout at mid-tide to ensure the perfect contrast of sand to sea.

Hill Inlet is flourishing with an abundance of sea life. From the lookout, you'll be able to spot stingrays in the water below. Also, keep your eyes peeled for Lemon Sharks; the inlet is regarded as a nursery for these harmless creatures, as the formation tends to protect them from the expansive sea.

We recommend packing your camera, some water, and making the 20-minute trek up to the lookout. Then, head back down to Whitehaven Beach to reward yourself with a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters!

Hill Inlet Lookout exploring, viewing platforms swirling sands in the Whitsunday Islands