Nature Walks

The Conway National Park has a range of short, long, flat, rugged or even overnight walks right from the Whitsunday Coast’s doorstep. Some of the Islands too boast magnificent walks.

Honeyeater Lookout, Whitsunday Great Walk

Honeyeater Lookout, Whitsunday Great Walk

It’s fairly all uphill getting there which makes coming down, with more views, all the more pleasurable.   About 2.5km each way (Allow 1 hour up and 40mins down).  The hardest grade is the first section (and getting to the first section) so if you would like a lift let us know.  Scenic views, rainforest with tall trees emerging above the surrounding canopy as well as sections of differing plants like Gum trees and the Cycad species.  The view is refreshing upon arrival overlooking predominantly the Cannonvale side of town.  

Please remain on the designated track. Supervise children carefully. This is a branch-off track but just 100 metres after the turnoff that continues along the Great Walk is a strangler fig tree  that is as wide as the length of a car and something to see (you’ll want to climb it).  This sits on the saddle of the hill at the back of Airlie Beach which forms Airlie Creek ultimately running throught the centre of town.  The fig tree that looks like and has roots the size of concrete road culvets are most impressive.

Access to the start of this walk via Airlie Main Street, Waterson Way, up Begley Street, Lamond Street and at the top of Kara Crescent – not great parking.

Airlie Court Holiday Units is a great base to start from if you would like to explore our natural hinterland.

Mount Hayward & Jubilee Pocket Lookouts, Whitsunday Great Walk

Mount Hayward & Jubilee Pocket Lookouts, Whitsunday Great Walk

You don’t have to do all of the Whitsunday Great Walk if you want to see some magnificent lookouts whilst on a good workout circuit. There are some fairly serious hills which makes the final section coming down, with more views, all the more pleasurable.   About 12km each way to Mt Hayward Lookout (allow 3.5 hours each way) or 8.5km each way to Jubilee Pocket Lookout (Bloodwood Camp – allow 3hours each way).  

One of the hardest grades is the first section (and getting to the first section) so if you would like a lift let us know. There is also a classic tough hill coming back.  Scenic views, rainforest with tall trees emerging above the surrounding canopy, creeks, as well as sections of differing plants like the native lemon myrtle with beautifully scented leaves and flowers.    

Please remain on the designated track. Supervise children carefully. There is a branch-off track to Honeyeater Lookout and about 100 metres after this turnoff on the main track is a strangler fig tree  that is as wide as the length of a car and something to see (you’ll even want to climb it).  This sits on the saddle of the hill at the back of Airlie Beach which forms Airlie Creek ultimately running throught the centre of town.  This fig tree that looks like and has roots the size of concrete road culvets are most impressive.  Another fig tree has been bent over (see picture) which is an extroadinary sight along the way.

The views and lookouts over Jubilee Pocket and Shute Harbour with the Whitsunday Islands in the background are most memorable with picnic and camping ground together with water tanks along the way.

Access to the start of this walk via Airlie Main Street, Waterson Way, up Begley Street, Lamond Street and at the top of Kara Crescent – not great parking.  For more information visit : http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-whitsunday/index.html

Airlie Court Holiday Units is a great base to start from if you would like to explore our natural hinterland.

 

 

Coral Beach Walk, Shute Harbour

Coral Beach Walk, Shute Harbour

Coral Beach walk is located at the top of the township of Shutehaven with about a 3km return trip ( Allow 1 hour) Moderate grade to what is known as The Beak. It will take you through creeks and forested areas on to Coral Beach, which is by name and by nature – large clumps of broken coral, smaller and smaller until sandy at one end of the beach.  The walk continues up to a lookout that takes in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands.

A favourite walk amongst locals and one worth doing whilst here.   Easy parking, predominantly easy walk – no excuses….  A local bus can take you to Shute Harbour whereby from there you will need to trek 20minutes along the road up to the township where the walk belongs.

Whitsunday Great Walk

Whitsunday Great Walk

The Whitsunday Great Walk skirts through the Conway National Park mostly within the Conway State Forest.  An old logging area along Brandy Creed Road is the official start to this 27km walk that was designed as a three day hike with two campsites along the way.

However sections of this walk can be done from Airlie Beach or Brandy Creek and it has been easily walked in less than 8 hours.  Annually a race, Run the Great Walk, takes place and the winner comes in less than 2hours!  See website for more details – http://www.whitsundayrun.com/index.php

As the Great Walk begins along the Impulse and Repulse Creek Rainforest areas which has trees thats been said to be up to 2000 yrs old the walk continues up to the top of Mount Hayward with spectacular views over the Whitsundays then on to Jubilee Pocket lookout and eventually down into Airlie Beach.   Whitsunday Great Walk is a fantastic often missed venture in the Whitsundays.

There is public transport that will stop at the Brandy Creek Road turnoff, about 11km out of Airlie, but from the highway to the start of the walk is a winding road through rural dwellings probably the best part of 5km – perhaps a lift or taxi to the start would be best.  Ample parking is available.

 

Hayward Gully Circuit

Hayward Gully Circuit

A 2km return very flat walk through the swamp lands and rainforest of Conway National Park just near the Whitsunday Airstrip.  The circuit is very informative with many stops along the way describing differing types of fauna and flora provided by the National Parks.   It leads to a creek bed in Hayward Gully which is generally, outside of wet season, dry.

An easy walk for any level of walker, family friendly.

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls is one of the Whitsunday Coasts most popular natural attractions and has been a big hit with locals.  Although it doesn’t always run it is quite powerful during the wet season which in time has allowed it to create a deep swimming hole.

It is at it’s best on a hot summers day just after rainfall where it becomes the coolest place in town to cool down.  About a 25minute drive from Airlie Beach it is accessible by car and a local rainforest tour.  Worth the drive with plenty of parking and an easy short walk to the falls once there.

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