It’s often said that you haven’t really explored the Whitsunday’s until you have taken the climb to Whitsunday peak. It is the highest peak in the islands and the view from the top is spectacular. You can only reach it from a winding track up from Cid Harbor. You won’t find a car park full of four wheel drives or tourist busses here. The only way to get access to the trail is to sail in to Cid harbor, take a dingy to the beach and then hike your way up what is a barely readable trail.
The spring the weather is ideal for such a climb and after spending three days on the Arion I was keen to feel some solid ground under my feet again. I have been surprised at how well I have been coping with the small cabin and potential bouts of sea-sickness, I have adjusted very well. I really wanted to get back to the basics of survival and the Arion is basic at best.
The climb to the peak takes about 2 hours and even though we were well stocked with food and water the heat and the humidity took their toll on this city boy. I had to stop a few times to catch my breath. Luckily I had such a beautiful location to relax in. I had packed shorts but I couldn’t resist stripping off. The trail is quite isolated and often deserted so there was no risk of running in to company, not that it would have mattered anyway.
One of the things you notice when you arrive here is that there is so much life everywhere. All along the trail there were lizards, birds, and in the bay and amongst the islands, fish, whales, dolphins and turtles. It made me feel a little bit clumsy as I stomped along the train as tiny little lizards scurried out of my way.
The view from the peak was beautiful and well worth the sweat to get up there. From the peak I could see Hamilton right round to Whitehaven beach, back to Cid Harbor and all the surrounding islands. After a snack and a bit of recovery time all we had to do was head back down the peak to the Arion.