Hook Island offers the most affordable holiday accommodation in the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.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 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.


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.


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.

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