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Whitsunday Islands National Park - Whitehaven Beach campground and Solway Circuit access.

This alert applies to the following parks:

Major construction work at South Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island, will commence from early April 2018. The work will continue for a duration of 14 months.

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The upgrades are part of the Whitsunday Islands Investment Package, an initiative to improve tourism and recreation opportunities post ex TC Debbie.

They include the construction of a new lookout and walking track as well as the re-development of the camping and day-use visitor areas.

During this time access to some areas will be restricted to allow the safe transit and storage of heavy plant and equipment.

  • Access to toilets and the day-use area will remain open.
  • Access to the camping area will remain at a reduced capacity.
  • Access to the Solway Lookout will be available via a return journey along the track north of the day-use area.

Please observe all signs, barriers and directions provided by rangers and construction workers. No unauthorised persons, including commercial tour operators and other permit or agreement holders, are permitted to enter closed areas.

Construction is expected to continue for up to 14 months with progress updates to be provided. We thank you for your patience while these visitor facility upgrades occur.

Contact via phone, 07 4962 5205, or email,

Last updated
11 January 2018