Best of the Whitsundays – on land
Whilst the Whitsundays is an aquatic playground, the mainland coast is home to a plethora of great shore-based experiences, which are not to be missed. Explore the region either on a local tour or make your own discoveries, but rest assured there are many hidden gems in the region which are well worth visiting whilst in the Whitsunday region.
Take a walk through the rainforest canopy of the Whitsunday Great Walk or visit the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls and dip into the cool waters of the waterfall plunge pool. Walk along the Bicentennial Walkway from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach passing through Abell Point Marina where you can stop for a coffee or a bite to eat. Continue to Airlie Beach Lagoon, which is the perfect place for a swim at any time of year.
Spend the day relaxing by the Airlie Beach Lagoon or hire a paddle board and go exploring at Shingley Beach. Take a picnic out to the Peter Faust Dam in Proserpine or stop into the Whitsunday Coffee Plantation on the way home and enjoy a cup of freshly locally brewed coffee before you drive back whilst enjoying the flora and fauna of the Whitsunday coast hinterland.
Follow in the footsteps of the Whitsundays’ traditional owners, the Ngaro people, along the Ngaro Sea Trail, traversing three islands over land and sea. The Ngaro people inhabited the Whitsunday region over 8000 years ago, confirmed by carbon dating of shell fragments found at the Ngaro Cultural Site.
The Ngaro sea trial includes some spectacular rainforest walks throughout the Whitsunday Islands and providing access to some of the best seascapes in the region. On South Molle Island, the walk to Spion Kop winds its way through forest of hoop pines to the summit, which provides spectacular views of the surrounding islands. Whitehaven Beach to Chance Bay is another track on the sea trial which winds through some of the Whitsundays finest forest and woodland.
A highlight is the Ngaro sea trial is a walking track climbing the banks of Nara Inlet, leading to a sheltered cave where you can view Aboriginal rock paintings. In addition, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services have installed an interpretive centre and boardwalk packed with information about the traditional owners and their way of life. Accessible by private vessel or selected day tours departing from Abell Point Marina.
PAMPER YOURSELF, WHITSUNDAYS STYLE
There’s nothing like a little indulgence on holidays: a massage, a foot spa, a manicure and pedicure. Airlie Beach is abundant with day spas, beauty salons and hairdressers ready to make you feel brand new. You can get your hair done and have a spray tan to complete the “I’ve just been on holidays in the tropics” look. If you happen to find yourself on holiday in a little rain spell, it’s even better as there’s no need to feel guilty about missing hours of sunshine while being pampered indoors at the day spa!
There is also no shortage of shopping opportunities as well, for those who wish to treat themselves to a holiday purchase or take home some special gifts for the family. The main street of Airlie Beach is scattered with unique shops and boutiques which are well worth a visit, as well as the main shopping precincts in adjoining suburb Cannonvale providing additional retail options.
What better way to pamper yourself than with a lazy lunch overlooking the stunning Whitsunday vistas. Airlie Beach and Abell Point Marina are filled with great eateries boasting water views. From casual bistro style to quality restaurants and quirky cafes, the Whitsundays has a venue to suit all taste.