Get off the beaten track and leave your footprints on one of lesser-known beaches in the Whitsundays like Dingo Beach near Hydeaway Bay or the gorgeous Horseshoe Bay in Bowen. These are just some of the coastal mainland attractions that make ideal daytrips from the social, vibrant village of Airlie Beach.
On the way to Proserpine from Airlie Beach the road forks and takes you alongside the Conway National Park and State Forest range leading to Conway Beach, a small coastal community. On the way, stop off at Cedar Creek Falls for a dip in the cool freshwater swimming hole.
Proserpine is the road marker on the Bruce Highway for the Airlie Beach turn-off. Here you will find country pubs shrouded with history and quirky boutique stores like Colour Me Crazy where you can spend hours going through its colourful gifts and home wares. Take a guided safari tour of the Proserpine River to spot salt water crocodiles camouflaging themselves on the banks of the wetlands. Upstream from the river is Peter Faust Dam where you can wrestle a barramundi if you have the muscles for that sort of thing.
Heading north from Airlie Beach through the cane fields and country side is the coastal communities of Hydeaway Bay and Cape Gloucester. Rent a holiday house or beachfront villa and discover some of the lesser-known beaches in Queensland including Dingo Beach .
About a 50 minute drive from Airlie Beach is Queensland’s oldest town, Bowen. With eight gorgeous beaches, the most well-known being Horseshoe Bay and amazing rock formations along its coastline, Bowen is a perfect place for some relaxation and ‘me’ time. The town also has the closest cinema to Airlie Beach if you feel like catching the latest movie releases and you can’t pass the Bowen Visitor Information Centre without a photo with the Big Mango.