This hidden gem within the Whitsundays Island National Parks in the Great Barrier Reef that is largely unexplored by visitors. With no commercial development on the island to speak of, this island is a completely unique way to explore the reef in privacy and seclusion without having to compete with crowds.
The star attraction to Hook Island is its fringing coral reefs that offer snorkelers and divers many opportunities to get up and close with the local marine life and tropical fish. The reefs are kept in pristine conditions with an abundance of tropical fish and relatively healthy coral bommies because of the low visitation it experiences.
Due to its seclusion, the only way to reach Hook Island is by private boat. However, some companies offer island transfers to help get campers to and from the island.
The most popular areas on the island are the Nara Inlet, Maureen’s Cove and the Crayfish Beach. Nara Inlet at the Southern end of the Island, provides a sheltered bay to anchor. The conditions are ideal for sailing and kayaking. At the bottom of Nara Inlet is a freshwater rock pool. In the wet season after heavy rain there is also a waterfall.
Maureen’s Cove is also good for diving and snorkelling. You can camp here but you will need to have all your own equipment including fresh water as the camp sites are quite basic with only toilets and picnic tables available. The campsite is quite exclusive and only 24 people are permitted to camp here at any time. Permits are required and can be purchased through the Queensland National Parks website.
Crayfish beach is another campsite on Hook Island if you want that true castaway tropical island experience. The campsite is sheltered by rocky headland and has a seasonal creek at the back of the campgrounds. This campground is permitted for a maximum of 12 people.
This island is ideal for those who like to go off the beaten track and have different and unique holiday experiences. You will also need to enjoy being outdoors as there are no facilities to speak except a few composting toilets. If you love being outdoors and at one with nature though, then Hook Island will deliver with its beautiful fringing reefs, and inlets that are suitable for swimmers, kayakers and boaties alike.