The Nagaro Walking Track Opens Late 2024

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Track Completion Update

Saturday 23rd December 2023 – The final stages of construction are currently underway for the new Ngaro track, a 32km multiday hike on Whitsunday Island. The track is expected to be completed in late 2024.

Recent updates to the track include the addition of hiker waterpoints and improvements to class 5 sections. Construction crews have started working at the two hiker campsites, and there will soon be an opportunity for commercial interests in hiking to submit their Expression of Interest.

 However, it is important to note that the track is still a construction site and is strictly off-limits to the public. 

The Ngaro Track in the Whitsundays Islands National Park is a 32km journey that is due for completion in December 2024.

It allows outdoor enthusiasts to explore the area and do kayaking, camping, and more.

The Ngaro People are helping to build and develop the track, understanding the cultural importance of the Whitsundays.

When it’s done, the track will be a stunning adventure, giving a remarkable experience for anyone who visits.

Nath J Artist impression of the Ngaro trail opening on Whitsunday Island in 2024.
  • 32km Grade 4/5 walking track offers a challenging and exciting adventure.
  • 2 unique and exceptional hiker camp sites provide a diverse experience.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the globally acclaimed Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.
  • Reach new heights at the Whitsunday Craig Summit, boasting an elevation of 353m.
  • Explore secluded island bluffs and headlands for a truly isolated experience.
  • Encounter an impressive array of plant species, showcasing outstanding biodiversity.
  • Experience seasonal waterfalls and creek crossings, adding to the natural allure.
  • Discover the Whitsundays’ exclusive mangrove boardwalk, a one-of-a-kind experience.
  • Immerse yourself in a professionally managed track, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable journey.

Exploring the Whitsundays Your Way

Exploring the Whitsundays is an exciting opportunity, offering a variety of activities, such as a 32 km Ngaro track. This incredible trail provides stunning views of the Whitsunday Islands National Park, with varying difficulty levels to suit all levels of adventurers.

The crystal white sand, brilliant blue waters and lush green islands make the Ngaro track a truly remarkable and unforgettable experience. It is the ideal spot for backpackers and families, with activities that captivate and entice all ages.

Whether you’re looking for a challenge or a relaxing getaway, the Ngaro track is the perfect way to explore the Whitsundays your own way. 

person standing on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Whitsunday Islands


Family camping in the Whitsundays is a well-liked tourist activity because of its breathtaking views. The Whitsundays are renowned for their white sand, blue waters and verdant islands.

When the Ngaro Trail opens in late 2024 there will be 2 diverse, signature hiker campsites, each one offering one-of-a-kind chances for discovery and leisure. Camping activities in the Whitsundays go from beachcombing and fishing to swimming and hiking. 


Ngaro People and Cultural Significance of the Trail

The Ngaro People are the ancient guardians of the Whitsunday Islands National Park and have a long-standing bond with the land. Ngaro People continue to assist the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) in supervising the construction of the track and contribute to the development of interpretation, ensuring that the significance of the Country is shown respectfully.

They also contribute to interpreting the Country through the track’s cultural elements. The track honours the importance of the Ngaro People and pays tribute to their history and culture.

It also respects their connection to the land and offers visitors a unique chance to gain an appreciation of the traditional custodians of the Whitsunday Islands National Park.


Is the Ngaro track currently open to the public?

No, the Ngaro track is currently closed to the public as it is under construction for safety reasons.

What is the estimated completion date for the Ngaro track?

The estimated completion date for the Ngaro track is December 2024

What will the Ngaro track offer to hikers?

The Ngaro track will provide a new premium hiking experience in the Whitsundays, offering 32km of breathtaking views

What is the significance of the Ngaro People to the Ngaro track?

The Ngaro People, who are the traditional owners of the Whitsunday Islands National Park, contribute to the construction and interpretation of the Ngaro track. They have an enduring connection and responsibility to the Land, Sea, and Sky Country.

Are there other hiking opportunities in the Whitsundays?

Yes, apart from the Ngaro track, there are various hiking opportunities available in the Whitsundays that offer breathtaking views and incredible trackside diversity.

Nath J

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