Nara Inlet

Located on the south end of Hook Island, Nara Inlet is a protected anchorage only accessible by boat. With reliable weather, being heavily guarded against the wind, Nara Inlet has become known by the locals as one of the best anchorages in the Whitsundays.

Nara Inlet Afternoon Sunset

Nara Inlet is like an escape from reality; iridescent waters reflect the rainforest above while wild cockatoos and sea eagles pace the sky. With a thriving ecosystem on Hook Island, you'll be sure to witness an abundance of wildlife, both on land and in the sea. Keep your eyes peeled on the reef for hammerhead sharks and humpback whales nearing the inlet entrance, as well as turtles and dolphins feeding off the coral. Wild goats can often be spotted on the rockface. In addition, bush turkeys, egrets, and herons can all be found roaming.

A notable factor regarding Nara Inlet is the cultural history it possesses. A short, paved walk from the beach will take you up to a cave once used by the Ngaro Tribe. Immerse yourself in a historical journey dating back to 9000 years ago, to the land's original inhabitants, with Ngaro rock art framing the walls, revealing traditional stories or tribes thriving off the ocean. The cave is listed as one of the oldest Indigenous sites on Australia's east coast.

Nara Inlet Ngaro Cultural Centre Cave Painting Indigenous history