Introductory to Moderate
  • 3 days walking
  • 2 nights architecturally designed camp sites
  • 3 Dinners
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Breakfasts

3 Days$AUD

Trip Code: NGW

The Ngaro Track In Comfort Trip highlights

  • Enjoy iconic views of world-renowned Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet
  • Summit Whitsunday Craig Summit (353m elevation)
  • Hike the Whitsundays’ only mangrove boardwalk
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the outstanding plant diversity in the area
  • Relax in the evenings at the architecturally designed camp sites as the guides prepare delicious 3 course meals
  • View spectacular isolated island bluffs and headlands
  • Visit seasonal waterfalls and creek crossings

Why Book With Us

  • You'll love the extra amenities at our exclusive eco-comfort camps, which are big on comfort yet small on environmental impact
  • No single supplements for solo travellers
  • Unrivalled experience, first on the trail in 1995
  • Choose from more dates than any other operator
  • Our trip is part of the Great Walks of Australia collection

The new Ngaro track on Whitsunday Island, part of the wider Whitsunday Islands National Park, is located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and one of Queensland’s iconic national parks. It is valued for its outstanding scenic beauty, natural features and cultural heritage. The Ngaro track is the first of its kind amongst Queensland’s multi-day walks. It provides a rare opportunity for a multi-day walk in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and takes in the area’s most recognisable destinations, connecting the iconic silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet along the island’s coast and interior. Walkers are constantly rewarded for their efforts with seemingly endless vistas and photo opportunities of the breathtaking Whitsundays. Built with natural materials, the track has been constructed to complement the surrounding rugged environment. Each section has varying challenges that culminate on each day at boutique camp sites complete with hardwood tent platforms, communal shelters and ‘loos-with-views’ that will cater for the discerning walker’s camping needs. The track was aligned and constructed under the supervision of Ngaro Traditional Owner representatives / Cultural supervisors, and provides a strong connection to their cultural heritage: “This place is where stories lie. It speaks to us. We feel stories within the earth, rock, mountains, trees, animals and waterways. Walk with us in respect of our land.” Ngaro families’ insights will be shared with walkers through artwork placed along the track.



Embark on your adventure with a scenic boat transfer from Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey. The journey typically takes approximately 1-1.5 hours. Starting from the popular southern end of Whitehaven Beach, the lookout over Whitsunday Island sets the scene before continuing along the shared use trail to Chance Bay Beach. Gentle terrain eases walkers into the journey with sufficient time to adjust packs and comfortably settle into their own pace. Sand flats with rainforest plants, an extraordinary ecosystem, are nestled in this sheltered part of the island. The camp site is perched atop an imposing ridgeline overlooking picturesque Silica Bay. The architecturally designed shelter delivers plenty of space to prepare a meal and relax, and a selection of camping decks and earth nodes offer differing views over the island and sea. Here, we arrive to our already setup camp and enjoy uninterrupted views of the nighttime sky. A visit to the loo with a view to the Whitsunday Craig is unlike anything else! Walking Time: 4 hours | Distance: 8.3km

Meals:  L,D

As you pass closer to the coastline, tall trees and deep valleys give way to grass trees and rocky headlands dotted with hoop pines. Gradually ascending, the track offers outstanding views of the imposing rock face before a short final climb leads you to lichen-encrusted rock platforms of the Whitsunday Craig. Rewarding, minimal impact hand-built sections lead down to the viewpoint overlooking the unique marine forblands, samphire, before continuing down onto the shores of Torres Herald Bay. An additional water point near the half way mark supports us on our descent. In the shaded, cool palm forest, we arrive to camp and relax while enjoying the views and sounds of the sheltered bay’s waters. Walking Time: 6 hours | Distance: 10.8km

Meals:  B,L,D

Crossing into the upper reaches of Hill Inlet, delicate samphire gives rise to dense mangrove forests and deep stained waters. The undulating track crosses seasonal waterfalls and passes through magnificent water-soaked palm groves. Leaving our packs behind, we take the short spur track to the Hill Inlet bluff to gain a unique and different view of the inland waters. An additional water point near the half way mark at the turn off supports us on our journey. Continue to enjoy stunning Whitsunday views throughout the day from the various viewpoints along the track. Each ascent on the final leg of the journey rewards with iconic Whitsunday’s scenery—culminating on the shores of world-renowned Hill Inlet. As the adventure draws to a close, we depart from Whitsunday Island via boat transfer back to Airlie Beach. The journey typically takes approximately 1-1.5 hours, allowing for ample time to reflect on the memories made and the beauty witnessed throughout this remarkable experience. Please be advised that boat transfer timings are subject to change based on weather conditions and tides, ensuring your safe return to Airlie Beach. Walking Time: 6 hours | Distance: 12.9km

Meals:  B,L,D


  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks & hot drinks
  • 2 nights architecturally designed camps on a twin share basis or free upgrade to single tent for solo travellers
  • Professional wilderness guide & support staff
  • Camping equipment including tents, comfortable sleeping mats & stretcher beds plus all cooking equipment and utensils
  • National Park fees
  • Airlie Beach hotel pick up/drop off on first and last day of tour
  • All transport during the tour
  • Emergency communications & 24 hour back-up
  • Comprehensive group first aid kit
  • Mandatory pre-trip briefing held the day before the trip starts

  • Accommodation in Airlie Beach before and after the trip
  • Transfers from/to Whitsunday Coast Airport airport
  • Items of a personal nature, such as laundry and alcoholic beverages
  • Backpack and sleeping bag (if you would like to hire a sleeping bag please let our staff know at least 14 days prior to your trip)
  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance


Trail Surface


Introductory to Moderate


The Ngaro Track in Comfort is graded introductory to moderate. This trek involves walking 4-6 hours each day over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. The trail is made up of sections graded 4 - rough track, may be long and very steep with few directional signs. And sections graded 5 - unformed track, likely to be very rough, very steep and unmarked. Suggested preparation: We recommend regular exercise 3 or 4 times per week (this can be cycling, jogging or walking) in the months leading up to your trip. At least once a week, you should walk with a weighted day pack (5–7kg) for several hours for leg strengthening and aerobic fitness. The best way to train for an active holiday is to simulate the activity you will be undertaking on the trip. Train for uneven terrain by finding a hilly, rough narrow bush track, and go for a lovely long walk in your trekking boots.

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Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed The Ngaro Track, Whitsunday Island Walking Adventure in Comfort trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

A majority of the terrain on the Larapinta Trail is hard, rough and rocky, particularly on high ground, in gorges, creek and river beds. The ground is often distorted with embedded or loose rock depending on the trail variations.

The trail conditions of the Larapinta Trail are rocky, rugged, hard surfaced and dry. While a number of sections of the trail wind through open plains, undulating areas and relatively flat country, overall, the trail is characterised by rocky, stony and mountainous terrain which can rise from 680m above sea level to more than 1,200m along some sections.

If you need to use a CPAP machine during the trip please speak with our staff about this. There are charging points at camp, but not in your tent. You will need to bring spare batteries that can be charged by USB port during the day while the group are not at camp and/or bring a small solar panel to charge the batteries.

Yes, if you are travelling on your own you will receive a free upgrade to your own private tent. No single supplement applies.

You will need a good level of fitness for this trek on the Larapinta. You need to be capable and prepared to spend 5-7 hours each day trekking over rugged terrain with some steep ascents and descents. If you have any questions about your suitability please give us a call and speak with one of our staff members. We are more than happy to discuss additional information about what you can expect.

You must arrive in Alice Springs the day before your trek begins. The trip commences with a COMPULSORY pre-departure briefing in the afternoon on the day before departure. It is ESSENTIAL that you make your travel arrangements to enable you to attend this briefing.

Yes. The terrain on this trek is rugged, and the Quartzite rocks are famous for shredding even the most trusted old pair of hiking boots. For your comfort, you must have high supported boots with a heavy duty grip. There are lots of rocky, uneven and unstable sections, so ankle support will be beneficial.

The Classic Larapinta Trek is fully vehicle supported. You will carry just a day pack containing the items you need during the day (including water, sun hat, snacks, lunch, camera, waterproof and warm layers). This is likely to weigh between 5-7kg.

Any excess luggage can be stored at your pre/post tour accommodation in Alice Springs.

Hiking poles can definitely assist you with going up and down the inclines and for stability. If you have not used them previously, we recommend that you do some training with them before you head out on the hike.

No. A water tank will be carried in the support vehicles and the guides will provide you with drinking water each day.

At the campsites you can charge devices through USB ports in the lounge area. Ports are very limited and shared between participants. Charging is via solar panels so can take longer than usual. We suggest bringing portable power chargers or fully charged spare batteries as back-up for your devices.

Not frequently. Sporadic reception can be received depending on your carrier, but generally only for the first day and when on top of Mt Sonder.

Our Larapinta Trail trekking season runs from April to September, when trekking conditions are most favourable. Winter is arguably the best time to experience the Larapinta Trail, as it offers prime trekking conditions, more stable temperatures and endlessly blue days.

In the Centre, the four traditional seasons are more distinct, and temperatures are more extreme than in most other parts of Australia. Trekking in winter (May to August) is generally pleasant with light winds, and daytime temperatures averaging 15-25C or 60-80F. However, winter nights often plummet below freezing and there are frequent frosts; please make sure that you prepare for the cold evenings on winter treks.

The shoulder seasons of April and September tend to bring higher daytime temperatures with daytime temperatures averaging 25-35C or 75-95F. Nights are typically mild hovering around 10-15C or 50-60F. Higher daytime temperatures can occasionally occur necessitating adjustments to itineraries. This may entail a reduction in walking activities and an increase in more leisurely pursuits such as swimming.

While rainfall is infrequent along the Larapinta Trail, it remains essential to be equipped for any weather scenario. The region is susceptible to unpredictable spells of hot or cold weather at random intervals. Rest assured, our facilities are well-equipped to accommodate both extremes, ensuring an enjoyable experience amidst the diverse conditions of Outback Australia. However, in light of this variability, we hope to stress to you the importance of following our suggested packing list, checking local weather updates prior to departure and packing appropriately for a more informed and enjoyable journey.

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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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