Lindeman Island is most famous for being home to Australia’s only Club Med Resort is now a perfect day trip or place to camp in tranquility in the Whitsunday Islands.
Midway between Mackay and Shute Harbour, Lindeman is usually the southern limit for bareboat charters, not because they’re not permitted further south, but simply because few venture far from the bareboat hubs of Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach.
The island has seven beaches, with Gap Beach a popular haunt for snorkelling and shucking oysters off the rocks. There’s a beachside camping area in the rainforest at Boat Port on the north coast. Lindeman was the site of the only Club Med in Australia but the resort was sold in 2012 and has not reopened under the Chinese ownership. In 2015, the new owners were proposing a three resort build for the island.
It still remains a popular anchorage spot for bareboaters on day trips.
For tranquillity, though, you have access to more than 20km of walking tracks through vine forests and butterfly valleys to the summit of Mt Oldfield, 212m above sea level, with views of Pentecost, Hamilton and Whitsunday Islands.
Getting There: Boat transfer directly from Hamilton Island.