At a Glance
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South Molle Island is 10km off the East coast of Airlie Beach; it is the only place in the Great Barrier Reef you can mountain bike!
Accessed only by boat, the island boasts white sandy beaches, pockets of rainforest and crystal blue waters. The picturesque inshore island is a wildlife refuge and a scenic retreat for nature lovers.
The island has 14km of green (grade 2) trails leading to four lookouts offering up 360-degree views across Whitsunday’s famous islands and fringing reefs. The trails are maintained by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the two small camping areas are perfect launch points to explore from.
These trails are dual-use, mountain bikers and hikers are expected at any time; no permits or fees apply to enjoy the trails.
You can get camping permits to stay on the island by visiting the QWPS website.
Finding the Trail HeadFlow Nation
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You will most likely have to hire a local tourism operator to assist you with getting to the island – they will drop you at one of two main bay’s; Sandy Bay or the other one, they’ll also give you some great advice and maps!
Be careful… the views are so amazing you’ll find it hard to keep your eyes on the trail!