If peace, quiet, and acres of gold are exactly what you look for in a sunrise, then this short hike to one of the Whitsunday's most spectacular vantage points is absolutely not to be missed.

If you're looking to catch the sunrise make sure to get up nice and early, as the walk from the trailhead to the summit could take up to an hour and a half (depending on how strong your coffee was). I aim to be at the peak about half an hour before dawn. When the insects of the night have stopped chattering and the Kookaburras have yet to begin their morning chorus, Passage Peak is one of the most peaceful places I have ever been.

When ready to begin your ascent, head to the eastern end of Catseye Beach and look for the large trail sign at the edge of the forest. Follow the signage along the fire trail until you see a path with some steps veering off to the right of the main track (and a sign for Passage Peak).

Follow the trail up until you reach the picnic area, being careful not to stumble over the many rocks and tree roots along the way. From here turn left and follow the track signed for the peak.

Don't let the distance markers temp you to race as you'll need as much energy as possible for the punishing 250 metre staircase to the summit. Once you reach the top, make sure to savour the tranquillity for a while before you get all trigger happy with your camera.

Note: If you are there for sunset, the large rock to your right as you reach the summit offers a great view out west, over the rest of the island and the mainland.

Pack List

  • Camera gear
  • Plenty of water
  • A good torch
  • Insect repellent
  • Shoes (doable in thongs if you're feeling Australian)
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RT Distance 3.1 Miles
Elevation Gain 787.4 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Scenic

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