Maureen’s Cove, Hook Island
Maureen's Cove on Hook Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands National Park in Queensland, Australia, is a pristine camping destination that offers an idyllic getaway in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Facilities & Amenities
Suitable For Tents
1) Open fires: Prohibited.
2) Generators: Not permitted.
Things to know
Maureen's Cove is situated on the northern part of Hook Island, approximately 35 kilometers north-east of Airlie Beach, Queensland. Access to Maureen's Cove is possible by boat only and is best done during mid to high tide. The cove is located about 21.5 nautical miles (40 kilometers) from Shute Harbour when traveling in an anti-clockwise direction. There are four public moorings available for boats. If moorings are occupied, anchoring outside of the reef protection buoys is allowed. While there are no defined campsite boundaries, it is suitable for walk-in camping. Campsite surface is composed of coral rubble. The campsite offers a serene environment surrounded by coral rubble beaches, pandanus palms, and beach gardenias. Campfires are prohibited, and generators are not permitted. Essentials to bring include drinking water, rubbish bags, and insect repellent. Mobile phone coverage is not available in this remote area.
Maureen's Cove offers a range of outdoor activities to enjoy:
1) Snorkelling and diving are popular in the fringing reefs along both the eastern and
western edges of the cove.
2) Explore the surrounding bays of Hook Island by canoe or kayak, taking in the
breathtaking turquoise waters of the Coral Sea.
3) Fishing opportunities are available for those interested in angling.
4) In the cooler months, you can observe a kaleidoscope of butterflies, including species
like the blue tiger and common crow, fluttering around the forest.
5) The campsite itself is perfect for large groups camping together, providing plenty of
shade and spacious surroundings.