HOOK ISLAND
Hook Island is 53 square kilometres of true wilderness. The second largest of the Whitsundays, Hook is rugged and uninhabited, with the exception of the low-key resort at the southern end of the island. Hook Island Wilderness Resort consists of just ten cabins, two dorm rooms and 20 campsites, so even though it is a a budget option, you are certainly leaving the masses behind. Step on to the beach at Hook Island Wilderness Resort, and sublime reef snorkelling is just metres away.
HOOK ISLAND IS THE OPTION TO CHOOSE IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CHEAP ACCOMMODATION IN THE WHITSUNDAYS, WITHOUT MISSING ANY OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT THIS LITTLE SLICE OF PARADISE HAS ON OFFER.
Hook Island offers the most affordable holiday accommodation in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.Hook Peak, at 459 metres above sea level, is the highest mountain in the Whitsundays. The island is also characterized by two magnificent fjord-like inlets - Nara and Macona - cut into the southern end of the island. These inlets are each about five kilometres long, and provide sheltered anchorage for yachts in rough weather. On the ceiling of a cave at Nara inlet, you will find some interesting Aboriginal paintings, unusual in that they incorporate patterns and designs that were only otherwise used in the Central Highlands. Ninety-five percent of the island is protected as National Park, part of the Whitsundays Islands National Park, which also includes nearby Whitsunday Island.

Hook Island Wilderness Resort is set right on the beachfront, with all accommodation just metres from the sand, giving fantastic views and beautiful sunsets from your room. Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves lapping against the beach. The resort is very small, and it's not unusual to have the beach largely to yourself. The evenings can get a bit livelier when 'boaties' from nearby moorings drop into the resort's bar.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - HOOK ISLAND

Snorkelling is only one of the activities you can enjoy during your vacations in Hook Island, in the Whitsundays.Just because Hook Island's resort isn't as opulent as some others, doesn't mean there will be any compromise in the range of activities that are on offer for your vacation. To begin with, there's always the colourful fringing reefs that surround the island, a popular destination for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts. Use of snorkelling gear and surf skis are free to resort guests. For those who wish to view the splendour of the Great Barrier Reef wildlife without getting wet, there is an underwater observatory, reaching six metres below sea level. Built in the 1960's, the site for the observatory was chosen because it was home to some of the best coral on the islands.

There are daily reef trips, sea plane flights, fishing trips, island cruises, overnight sailing adventures, and guests on Hook Island can also enjoy kayaking, bushwalking, beach volleyball, or just relax in the casual atmosphere around the resort pool.

Don't forget that Hook Island is part of the Whitsunday Islands National park, and bushwalking can be fantastic. One of the walking tracks leads to Butterfly Bay, so named because of its unique shape and the butterflies which swarm around its shores.

Migrating whales can be seen swimming and playing in front of the resort between the months of June and October.

ACCOMMODATION- HOOK ISLAND

Guests should be aware that Hook Island Wilderness Resort is a no-frills option. Unfortunately, we have received some negative feedback about the level of accommodation on offer, and inevitably, that feedback has come from people who assumed they were going to find five star sumptuosness for the price of a backpacker's hostel. The naked truth is that the Whitsundays are one of Australia's most in-demand holiday locations, and if you want five start luxury, you will have to pay for it. Try HAYMAN ISLAND.

Compared to most of the Whitsunday Islands, Hook Island Wilderness Resort is quite inexpensive, offering a range of accommodation options. With budget holiday accommodation, Hook Island Wilderness Resort brings the beauty and splendour of the Whitsundays - and the Great Barrier Reef - that little bit closer. Understandably, the lodgings are fairly basic, but all rooms have beach frontage and superb views. Reef snorkelling is just metres from your door, and the resort does have a swimming pool, bar, fully licenced restaurant, free gas barbecues, a general store, gift shop, and, of course, splendid views over the channel to Whitsunday Island.

Hook Island Wilderness Resort will appeal to individuals, families, groups or schools wanting to experience the Whitsunday wilderness firsthand. Group packages can be arranged. Beachfront camping is also available.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service runs campsites at Curlew Beach and Stonehaven Beach. For more information about camping in the Whitsundays Islands National Park, please CLICK HERE.


DINING - HOOK ISLAND

The fully licensed restaurant is open daily serving fresh, inexpensive snacks, meals and refreshments. Essential supplies such as eggs, bread, milk and ice are available. Visit the gift shop for souvenirs, clothing and health and beauty supplies. Enjoy cool drinks at the Barefoot Bar, open from 10:00am daily. There is no BYO or take away licence. Campers kitchen available strictly for campers and school groups only.

GETTING TO HOOK ISLAND

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The boat (Voyager) is usually part of a three island hop. This leaves Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, at 9:00am so you'd need to be there at 8:30-8:45am to board to depart on time. Find the Voyager departure sign and you will be escorted to the boat which leaves from Arm M, Bay 17.

Depending on tides this will either travel through Whitehaven Beach and you will arrive at Hook Island at approx midday or come here first where you will arrive at 10:30am. On the day of departure you will leave Hook at approx 2:00pm and travel via Daydream Island to arrive back at Abel Point at 5:00pm.

WHITSUNDAY TRANSIT
Phone (07) 4946 1800
Whitsunday Transit coaches has frequent connecting services between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, and also to Proserpine's Whitsunday Coast Airport and Proserpine Railway Station.

Pristine Whitehaven Beach, on Whitsunday Island, in Far North Queensland. Hamilton Island's 2000 person resort. Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands, in Tropical North Queensland.
Typical Whitsunday view, in Tropical North Queensland.