Access is via private vessel or by permitted commercial operators.
The Hope islands were named by Lt James Cook in June 1770, as his ship HMS Endeavour edged its way northward along the eastern Australian coastline during his first voyage in the Pacific. Cook had hoped to put ashore on the islands when they were first sighted 10 June 1770, but found the surrounding water too shallow to bring Endeavour close. Later that night Endeavour struck a reef and narrowly avoided sinking; Cook then stood her offshore while he searched for a point on the mainland upon which to beach her for repairs. Cook named them on 12 June as Endeavour headed further north, because "we were always in hopes of being able to reach these Islands."