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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
$122.95 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesomely great
Everything was great hosts lunch and scenery got to snorkel with a friendly turtle awesome day highly recommend
stephen_m, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

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Amazing day, delicious bbq lunch
Vy_L, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
We had an amazing day at Whitehaven beach and hill inlet. It was so beautiful. The bbq lunch was delicious and the staff were all friendly. Would highly recommend.
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Must-try experience
Joseph_B, Jun 2022
Scenic Flight - Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet!
It was a seamless experience from hotel pick up to the scenic flight to the drop off. Ocean rafting was on time and they were kind enough to drop us off to a location we requested after the flight. We felt safe the entire time we had this experience, from safety debriefing and wonderful commentaries. The view from the top was magnificent. Seeing the Great Barrier for a bird’s eye view made me realise why it is a world’s wonder.
star-5
Red Cat Awesomeness 💖
Julie_T, Jun 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Awesome crew made our day, the best day in Airlie Beach. Nothing was a bother. Really well organised. A+++
star-5
The weather it was not...
Charlotte_C, Jun 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
The weather it was not perfect but Amazing day and wonderful staff!! Thank you very much for this experience !
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A great experience, and way to see the busty of the islands.
Antho_B, May 2022
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
How fantastic the guides where on Thunderstruck. The tour around the island is truly spectacular, with a little bit of circle work in the boats at the end to add the thrill. 🤗👍
star-5
A must do for everyone who visits the Whitsundays!
Michael_S, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill
What a fabulous day trip! We have some amazing memories from this visit. The sights are incredible and all the better with commentary from excellent knowledgeable staff (especially Gary) love Gary! Definitely one for the bucket list. Great food and drinks, games and stinger suits all contributed to make this a memorable experience. We will be returning later this year for another visit, new favourite holiday destination! Thanks to everyone who helped make this a very special day out.
star-5
Wicked experience!
Marie_T, May 2022
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Amazing day Snorkeling with the turtles and fish! Thank you to our awesome guides Scotty & Kate they were absolutely gold!
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Fantastic day to explore the island
Attila_O, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill
It was an amazing day at the spectacular Whitehaven beach. Gary, our guide, was very knowledgeable and a fun, easy-going person at the same time. He really took care of everything we needed and organized the day wonderfully. We could see every part of the island and had a great beach BBQ with plenty of food. We would recommend this whole-day tour for those who would love to explore the entire island.
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A picture-perfect day!!
yvonnekay, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran
Excellent! Had such a lovely time. What a beautiful sunny day! Really enjoyed this trip! My highlight is the view of Whitehaven from the top, and the snorkelling in the 'fish bowl '. So many fishes swimming around!
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Great value with efficient guides
ksbirch, Mar 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet | Awesome Beach BBQ | Family Friendly
Guides were friendly and informative. Had a great experience was a relaxing enjoyable day with a tasty BBQ lunch that was very filling
star-5
Amazing Crew amazing Experience
Jasmine_G, May 2022
Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots
Awesome day, Alex and Kurt are absolute legends and made our day full of fun and laughter! Whole experience is a must do while you're here!
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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.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Hill Inlet?
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What else should I know about attractions in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island?
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As well as visiting the Hill Inlet, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: