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About Lindeman Islands

Getting there and getting around

Lindeman Islands National Park is 35km south-east of Shute Harbour. Access is by private or commercial boat from Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour. Some commercial transfer companies drop off and collect campers. Arrange your passage before you book your camp site. See tourism information links or visit local tourism agents for more information on island transfers.

If travelling by private vessel, getting to the park can present navigational challenges. Always take the weather and tidal influences into account when boating in the Whitsundays. Ensure you read Planning your trip to the Whitsundays and Getting there and getting around the Whitsundays before your departure.

Wheelchair accessibility

There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities on Lindeman Islands National Park.

Park features

A series of volcanic eruptions 110 million years ago created the Whitsunday area, including islands and the mainland. Like other islands in the Whitsundays, the Lindeman group formed when a mountain range was drowned by rising sea levels. Lindeman Island was formed from the remains of molten rubble spewed from large volcanoes. Smaller islands have a resistant volcanic core; larger islands in the group are made of granite.

Lindeman Islands National Park protects 14 islands featuring a variety of vegetation types including rainforest in sheltered pockets, open forest in drier areas, grasslands and wetlands. Frequent burning by the Ngaro Aboriginal people maintained the grasslands in the area.

The islands and surrounding waters are protected by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Camping and accommodation

Camping

Facilities vary, but if present are limited to toilets and/or picnic tables. Campers must be self-sufficient. Remember to take fresh water, a fuel stove for cooking and insect repellent. Open fires and generators are not permitted. Remove all rubbish to the mainland.

Visitor numbers are limited to ensure a quality experience. Camping permits are required and fees apply. You will need to book your site and purchase your permit in advance. Display your camping permit tag prominently on your tent—there are fines for camping without it.

Camp at Lindeman Island’s Boat Port, which has bushwalking opportunities, or Shaw Island’s Neck Bay. Please note that access to Neck Bay is limited to mid-high tides only.

Things to do

Walking

More than 16km of bushwalks are available on Lindeman and Seaforth islands. Take advantage of these to enjoy views and discover the varied vegetation types on these islands.

Lindeman Island walks

Departing form the airport hut near the resort

Mount Oldfield (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 7.2km return

Time: Allow 3.5hrs

Details: This walk involves a steady climb and features some of the most diverse vegetation on the island. You will be rewarded with spectacular views on reaching the peak. Remember water and your camera.

Coconut Beach (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 5.4km return

Time: Allow 2hrs

Details: This track takes you through eucalypt forest to the resort dam, a great place for bird spotting. It then descends to the sandy beach through fringing scrub, giving the beach a secluded feel.

Coconut Beach–Boat Port Circuit (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 6.5km return

Time: Allow 3hrs

Details: Walk this track as a circuit or as separate sections to either Coconut Beach or Boat Port.

Boat Port (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 5.4km return

Time: Allow 3hrs

Details: This walk passes through rainforest, grassland and open forest and offers spectacular views. Steeper sections are involved.

Gap Beach (Grade: moderate)

Distance: 5.4km return

Time: Allow 2–3hrs

Details: Winding through eucalypt forest and dry rainforest this track emerges at a pebbly beach. Enjoy spectacular views of nearby Pentecost Island.

Departing from the resort end of the airstrip

Plantation Beach (Grade: easy)

Distance: 4.2km return

Time: Allow 2.5hrs

Details: Mainly grassland, this track also winds through rainforest, emerging at a rocky foreshore. Check tide times before setting out. At high tide you will have to cross a small creek.

Seaforth Island walks

Orchid Beach to Esme Beach (Grade: easy)

Distance: 1km return

Time: Allow 45mins

Details: This track joins Seaforth Island’s two beaches.

Read more about walking in the national parks of the Whitsundays.

Guided tours and talks

There are a number of commercially operated tours available of Lindeman Islands National Park. See the tourism information links or visit local tourism agents for more information.

Picnic and day-use areas

Some of the islands offer picnic areas, most near a beach. Facilities vary, but may include picnic tables and toilets. For a complete list check the Parks of the Whitsundays map (PDF, 1.9M). Open fires and ash-producing stoves are not permitted on national park islands or intertidal lands adjacent to national park islands. Use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.

Boating and fishing

This area has been described as a boating paradise with deep blue waters, tropical weather and secluded islands to explore.

Visit the Whitsunday national park islands web page for vital information on boating and fishing.

Swimming and snorkelling

Although water is usually clearer on the northern sides of the outer islands, snorkelling over Lindeman Island’s reef flat at high tide can still be rewarding. Beware of dangerous marine stingers and cyclones during the warmer months. Swim at Naked Lady Beach, on Thomas Island, where the protected bay and sandy beach offer a wonderful swimming area.

Read more vital information about swimming and snorkelling in the Whitsundays.

Birdwatching

Go birdwatching around the wetlands on Lindeman Island. See forest kingfishers, swamp hens and bush stone-curlews.

Birds are plentiful, particularly from October to March when thousands of waders migrate here to nest. Some boating restrictions apply during this period—see Take care of nesting seabirds for details.

Things to know before you go

Ensure you read things to know before you go to national parks of the Whitsundays.

Staying safe

The islands are isolated. To enjoy a safe visit, read more about staying safe in national parks of the Whitsundays.

Looking after the park

Be pest-free!

Our precious Great Barrier Reef World Heritage islands are among the most pest-free islands in the world. They need your help to stay this way. Please Be pest-free! (PDF, 574K) before your visit.

Before you visit, please check that your boat, clothing, footwear and gear are free of soil, seeds, parts of plants, eggs, ants and insects (and their eggs), spiders, lizards, toads, rats and mice.

Be sure to:

  • Unpack your camping gear and equipment and check it carefully as pests love to hide in stored camping gear.
  • Clean soil from footwear and gear as invisible killers such as viruses, bacteria and fungi are carried in soil.
  • Check for seeds in pockets, cuffs and hook and loop fastening strips, such as Velcro.

While you are on the islands, remove soil, weeds, seeds and pests from your boat, gear and clothes before moving to a new site. Wrap seeds and plant material, and place them in your rubbish.

Everyone in Queensland has a General Biosecurity Obligation to minimise the biosecurity risk posed by their activities. This includes the risk of introducing and spreading weeds and pests to island national parks.

See the guidelines on caring for parks for more information about protecting our environment and heritage in parks.

Please also read Looking after national parks of the Whitsundays.

Park management

Read about Managing national parks of the Whitsundays.

Tourism information links

Read Tourism information links for national parks of the Whitsundays.

Further information

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Last updated
30 July 2018