Tony and Kim Outdoor Adventures acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and Elders from other communities we may visit and walk beside. (Tony) as a Bidjari Descendant, recognise his connection to Country and his role in caring for and maintaining Country over thousands of years. May their strength and wisdom be with us today..

Day Trip From Bowen - Airlie Beach

 


Day Trip From Bowen Airlie Beach North Queensland. Australia


There is more to the magical Whitsundays than just the islands. The Whitsunday Coast has a myriad of secluded beaches, lush rainforests and areas the locals love to explore, off the beaten track. Early morning we took the coastal drive from Bowen to Airlie Beach, which is scenic drive with many wonderful stops that should be experienced. The drive is 78 kilometres from Bowen passing multiple cattle stations and scenic cane fields when in late June the eerie glow of cane fires can still be seen at night, a spectacular sight to catch on camera.

If you’d like to discover one of Queensland’s best-kept secrets, venture off the highway just north of Airlie Beach to Dingo Beach and Cape Gloucester, a surprisingly beautiful and undeveloped part of the coast. Cape Gloucester has two beachside resorts. Montes Reef Resort is lively, while Cape Gloucester Resort is quiet and private. Enjoy the coastal scenery with a spot of lunch, and then sleep it off in a poolside deck chair. Dingo Beach and Cape Gloucester are worth visiting before the developers discover it. We took no detour because our goal was to get to Cedar Creek Falls early.




You will find Cedar Creek Falls about half way between Airlie Beach and Proserpine on Saltwater Creek Road. The rushing, clear water of Cedar Creek Falls pours into a peaceful creek surrounded by thick green forest, lending the area an idyllic, almost utopian appearance. A walk around the creek takes in numerous cascades, rock pools, and plant species, making a 1.5 km (0.9 mi) circuit around the area. If swimming in the shadow of a picturesque waterfall sounds like your idea of fun, then Cedar Creek Falls might just be for you, but get there early. You will have the falls all for yourself early morning, but by 9.30am – 10.00am the crowd of buses and tourist start arriving and the peace calm and quiet disappears.




Safety at Cedar Creek Falls

  • Never jump off the rocks into the waterhole
  • Take plenty of water, a few snacks and wear sunscreen.
  • Always keep children in viewing distance
  • Never via off the formed tracks
  • Stay within fenced areas
  • Be aware of wildlife and stay away from dangerous animals
  • Leave only footprints and take only photo’s. Take all rubbish with you.
  • Don’t destroy the natural environment
  • Know your own limits
  • Don’t swim alone and don’t put yourself or others at risk
  • Always read and heed on-site information and signs



 




Just as the crowds of tourists started rolling in the lure of shopping in The Whitsundays has Kim’s interest.  From the falls we headed back Conway Road and Shute Habour Road to Airlie Beach. Located in the heart of the Whitsundays region, the coastal town of Airlie Beach has long been a popular holiday destination for some people. It really offers a convenient gateway for those wanting to explore the marine parks, islands and green rainforests. 


Arguably the most important meal of the day, breakfast is an integral part of the Whitsunday experience. Be it a quick takeaway coffee and baguette before a boat trip or a slow, lazy Sunday dining in and listening to the birds wake up, there’s a perfect breakfast spot for everyone.

Two standout venues were:




Fat Frog Beach Cafe

A true local’s favourite, The Fat Frog Beach Cafe offers a unique and quirky beachfront vibe for you to enjoy your morning coffee and our wholesome home-made food. Located in one of Cannonvale’s most spectacular spots, you will be greeted with a sandy beach, beautiful view and cooling sea breeze to complement your dining experience.



Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach

Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach

Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach

Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach

Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach

SideWalk Cafe: Licensed Cafe & Restaurant in Airlie Beach

Sidewalk cafe was undeniably one of our favourite spots in town for a cup of fantastic coffee. With an eclectic dine-in atmosphere and service with a smile, this local joint was the perfect place to get caffeinated. The chefs at Sidewalk bake up fresh scones and muffins every morning, which are never twice the same, but always bursting with taste sensations.  Located on the Airlie Esplanade, Sidewalk Cafe is right in the middle of town and bustling with god-send baristas that know how to make your morning cup of coffee. 




Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach Rainbow Acia Bowl

Sidewalk Café, Airlie Beach Sidewalk Big Breakfast




Perfectly positioned across from the glorious Coral Sea the café provides quality, taste and value for money.




From breakfast we headed across the road to the foreshore, which is an important feature of the Whitsunday region for tourists and locals alike. It is valued for its beautiful bay and island views, relaxing lagoon and regular markets, festivals and events. If you are visiting on a Saturday be sure to visit the Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets, located on the Airlie Beach Foreshore. It’s a cornucopia of amazing locally made souvenirs, local produce and mouthwatering food and drink.




The main street has a variety and interesting shops on offer, with many stores having their own distinct style. Jewellery, homewares, artworks and Indigenous artifacts are all to be found, as well as fashions, food and fun things for the kids. Not surprisingly, the main street is also dotted with souvenir shops selling colourful swimwear, sarongs, sandals, and sunhats.



Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles

Airllywood Summer Fashion and Styles


Kim loved Airllywood, located in the walkway between McDonald's and Woolworths.

A Whitsundays boutique curating boho-chic clothing made of natural fibers & free-flowing materials that help you express your inner gypsy with style. Fresh, fun and funky summer fashion for women - bohemian and classy kaftans, dresses, skirts, pants and tops in swirling patterns and vivid colours perfect for the beach. The staffs provide good service, quality clothing and achieved a safe and friendly shopping environment.





Little Vintage Cafe 

Little Vintage Cafe 

Little Vintage Cafe 

Little Vintage Cafe 


Little Vintage Cafe is a local food van operating from the Shute Harbour Marine Terminal.


From the shops we headed to Lions lookout Shute Harbour. Located close to Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour is a forest-clad, secluded jumping off point for the Whitsunday Island Tours. Shute Harbour is also the closest location to the Whitsunday Airport where guests can take scenic helicopter flights, fixed wing scenic tours and seaplane flights over the iconic locations of the Whitsunday Islands. To get a great view of the harbour head up to Coral Point. The view is amazing with sparkling blue waters and a sprinkling of boats.



Whitsunday Gold Coffee

Whitsunday Gold Coffee

Whitsunday Gold Coffee


Getting late in the afternoon we started the drive back to Bowen stopping one more time at the Whitsunday Gold Coffee Located at the gateway to the gorgeous Whitsunday Region, it’s opposite the Airlie Beach/Shute Harbour Road on the Bruce Highway, just 1 minute north of Proserpine. Surrounded by stunning scenery, bordered by the Proserpine River and nestled in a rich fertile valley, they have 140,000 Arabica coffee trees that are truly beautiful, that produce Award Winning Coffee. You can walk around the magnificent pathways, take in the sights, the plants, the animal life.



 

While the islands themselves have much on offer, it's a well-known fact that Airlie Beach has phenomenal hiking and walking trails that make for a great way to spend time while on the mainland. So lace up your shoes and grab your sense of adventure. It's time to get back to nature in the Whitsundays with our three favourite walks.

Honeyeater Lookout

The Honeyeater Walk is one of the most well-known and well-loved bushwalks in the Whitsundays. It's an 8km turnaround, 4 km each way, and boasts one of the best views in the Whitsundays at the top, and it looks out over Cannonvale and the Whitsunday Islands. The trail itself starts at the top of Kara Crescent in Airlie Beach. There are no facilities along the way, so make sure to bring water as this trial can be challenging and steep.

Airlie Creek

If you’re short one time The Airlie Creek track is a perfect escape into nature, right out of the heart of Airlie Beach, with access from Waterson Way. The return track is 1.7km long and will take roughly an hour to complete. Its home to some magnificent subtropical plants, endangered rock wallabies as well as an incredible fig tree about halfway along the path. The reward at the end is a stunning sloping natural rock pool and trickling waterfalls that come to life in the wet season.

Mt Rooper Circuit and Swamp Bay Track

The trail is located just outside of Airlie Beach in Shute Harbour and about a 7.2 km long bushwalk that climbs through the forests of Conway National Park. Exposing people to a wonderful and amazing flora and fauna of the Whitsundays, which the end result being an amazing view of the harbour and the Whitsunday Islands, including Daydream Island, North Molle Islands, and the Whitsunday Passage. Hikers can read informational signs along the way, which will tell the story of indigenous use of the local plants that are native to the area. You can reach this trail by hopping on Whitsunday Transit, which can drop you off there. The trail starts on the left-hand side of the road just before Shute Harbour.







"We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. "We encourage our guests to learn more about Australia's Indigenous People. Their journey is long and interesting and deserves to be shared and respected.


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1 comment:

  1. I love your day trip adventure in Bowen, you are really good at sharing your journey. I enjoy reading your blog its very detailed and I really feel it through your video and photos.

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