Scenic Drives

Scenic Drives from Airlie Beach

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, we’d love to share our self-drive options with you.

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Explore the region with a myriad of self-drive options from secluded beaches through to cattle country all an easy drive from Airlie Beach. Don’t have your own car…? We can arrange one for you with a BIG4 discount! An easy 40 minutes drive away is Bowen, famous for it’s beautiful beaches, a little bit further out west is Collinsville in cattle country and the Pit Pony history, the lush rainforest of Eungella National Park is south and a platypus or two can be spotted, or for something for more than half a day option explore Dingo Beach and Hydeaway Bay for great lunch options or Wilsons Beach, Conway Beach to meet some soldier crabs or cool off at Cedar Creek Falls.

Please see the map image which highlights six drives, which can easliy be done within a day from Airlie Beach:

  • Cedar Creek Falls: a natural waterfall and swimming hole set in rainforest.
  • Conway Beach and Wilson Beach: be sure to bring your wind-powered sporting equipment, such as kite surfing or land kites.
  • Eungella National Park, Finch Hatton Gorge and Broken River for national park walks and platypus spotting.
  • Peter Faust Dam for some barramundi fishing and BYO waterskiing.
  • Shute Harbour for short walks through the national park or to a secluded beach.
  • Hydeaway Bay, Dingo Beach and Cape Gloucester for quiet, beautiful beaches and a good meal.
  • Bowen for stunning beaches and friendly country pubs.
  • Collinsville and beyond for Big River Country, wide open spaces and beautiful Australian landscapes.
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The Whitsundays New Self-Driving Podcast Tour 🚗

Tourism Whitsundays in partnership with Storytowns have launched four new self-driving audio tours featuring the diverse destinations of Airlie Beach, Bowen, Collinsville and Proserpine, sharing stories told by local personalities as travellers drive around and explore The Whitsundays 😍

The informative new podcasts showcase the interesting history of the townships and local community members that make the region so wonderful. From meeting a crocodile wrestler to discovering the story behind the disappearance of the world’s biggest mango, and then stepping back in time at Bowen’s Summergarden Theatre which has a Hollywood connection, The Whitsundays has unique history and story to tell holidaymakers 🐊🥭🎥

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