SOUTH MOLLE ISLAND
South Molle Island is virtually joined to Mid Molle and North Molle islands, you can walk across to Mid Molle almost anytime. There are long stretches of beach and the island is crisscrossed by 15 kilometres of wonderful walking tracks. South Molle Resort is one of the longest established in the Whitsundays, and has been a mecca for family groups for generations. In fact, today grandchildren are bringing back the grandparents who introduced them to the island in the first place.
SOUTH MOLLE ISLAND RESORT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
South Molle Island was a source of stone for the Ngaro Aborigines, and the remains of an ancient Aboriginal stone quarry for making tools and weapons can still be seen along one of the walking trails. Since European settlement, South Molle was primarily used for sheep and cattle grazing, until a tourist resort was established in 1937. The island is now controlled by the Australian National Parks and Wildlife, as part of the Molle Islands National Park. If you think it seems that not a lot of imagination went into the naming of these islands - 'North Molle', 'West Molle', and so on - you may be interested to know THE STORY.
Hilly South Molle is lightly timbered with pockets of lush rainforest, and secluded bays and fringing reefs. The view from Mount Jeffreys, its highest point, is spectacular. South Molle is one of the most accessible of the Whitsunday Islands, being half an hour or less by boat from either Shute Harbour or Hamilton Island. However, like most resort islands, there is a maximum visitors limit on South Molle.
You can make your stay as relaxed as you like or action packed full of fun and adventure. The island's extensive network of walking trails provide some of the best views in the Whitsundays. The beach is splendid, and guests can enjoy a lap pool, extensive outdoor entertainment areas and tropical grounds, go snorkelling or swimming at one of the many easily accessible bays and inlets plus take part in a wide range of water sports, diving and other activities. South Molle Resort offers a casual and relaxed atmosphere that is appreciated by couples and families.
To begin with, the resort offers free use of non-motorised watercraft - catamarans, windsurfers, and paddle skis. For an additional charge, you can also enjoy jet skiing, waterskiing, banana rides, biscuit rides, glass bottom boat tours, fish feeding and coral viewing tours.
Snorkelling and diving are obviously popular. The resort's professional divers give a complimentary introduction to scuba diving each day. Snorkelling equipment is available from the Dive Shop for a minimal fee. The best conditions for snorkelling are mid-high tide with calm seas, and the best spots are Bauer Bay, Paddle Bay, and the stretch of beach facing Daydream Island.
There is free use of fishing tackle from the Gift Shop. Try your luck from the rocks at the end of beach facing Daydream Island, or in the passage between Mid and North Molle. Dinghys are available for hire if you'd prefer to fish some of the less accessible spots like the various patches of reef on the island's western side, or the area around Planton and Denman Islands.
Back on dry land, you can play a round of golf on the picturesque nine hole course. Clubs are provided free of charge for house guests, with a minimal fee for golf balls. There's also floodlit tennis courts, squash, and a gymnasium, or you can try your hand at archery.
For pampering, South Molle Island Hair and Beauty is open seven days a week. They provide massage, facial and body treatments and use natural skincare products that will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged.
While Mum and Dad are fishing, snorkelling, or being waxed and oiled in the salon, the kids will be taken care of in the (free) 'Smirks Club'. During Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria School Holidays, the resort operates an active program for 6-12 year olds, made up of both indoor and outdoor activities such as bushwalks, watersports, beach games, cooking, and arts and crafts.
You can also leave the kids behind if you want to enjoy the romance and tranquility of a sunset cruise, available twice a week. And the fun doesn't end after the sun goes down; South Molle organizes an extensive evening program of entertainment, from floor shows, karaoke, movie nights, team challenges, and even toad racing!
Prices start at around $120 per person (twin share) or $300 per night for a family room. Be aware that as a favourite destination for family groups, demand for accommodation is very high during school vacation periods. Seasonal rates vary accordingly.
On South Molle Island, campers can bush camp at Sandy or Paddle Bays. North Molle is equally as wild and woolly as South but without the taming resort and back-to-nature lovers have the opportunity to camp in the National Park. For more information about camping in the Molle Islands National Park, please CLICK HERE.
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