South Molle Island

Spend your holidays on tropical South Molle Island – or Adventure Island as we like to call it – and explore more than 16km of the best bushwalks in Australia with an amazing 360° Whitsunday view.

The island is a National Park with a great variety of walks varying from 2 to 10 km in length. All tracks are well kept, signposted and reward the walker with a great diversity of vegetation, bird and wildlife, beaches and expansive views. Three of these walks have been included in the Whitsundays Great Walks program for both the excellence of the walks and their significance to the Ngaro Aboriginal Tribe.

BEST BUSH WALK - The ‘Spion Kop’ walk on South Molle Island is voted #1 by Australian Geographic for Queensland’s best bush walk

Located in the Coral Sea of Whitsunday Islands, South Molle Island is the perfect location to explore marine life. Snorkel coral reefs with tropical fish, green turtles, hawksbill turtles, stingrays, reef sharks and dolphins. Between june and september whales enter the cool Whitsunday waters and with some luck you can spot these traveling giants.

History of South Molle Island

Around 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, glaciers melted and the Coral Sea rose over the coastal plain, leaving only mountain-tops and ridges exposed as the rocky Whitsunday islands we see today.

The Whitsundays are the traditional home of the Ngaro Aboriginal people. Archaeological research shows that the Ngaro inhabited the Whitsundays, including South Molle island, for at least the past 9,000 years. The evidence includes stone axes and cutting tools found in a stone quarry on South Molle island, numerous fish traps (stone structures made for catching fish) throughout the Whitsundays, and cave paintings. Two Ngaro caves have been found on South Molle island, but only a handful of people in the world know the exact location.

Ngaro men were skilled navigators. European seafarers reported seeing Aboriginal people paddling from Double Cone island to South Molle island, a distance of 21km. Their canoes were made of sturdy three-piece bark capable of journeys on the open sea. The Ngaro Sea Trails are still being used as commercial routes.

Ngaro women collected vegetables, seeds and fruits, and prepared them for cooking and eating.

A great variety of tools, utensils and weapons were used for fishing, hunting, gathering plants and cooking. The most effective and simple tools were broken pieces of rock used for cutting, crushing grains and as axe heads. Other tools included animal teeth and twists of bark.

A quarry of these Aboriginal people on South Molle island can be seen when walking the Spion Kop track.


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