Whitsundays Region Guide

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Self Drive itineraries

Updated: 30-Apr-2009

Airlie Beach - Shute Harbour (11km)

Stop at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (corner of Shute Harbour and Mandalay Roads) for local flora and fauna displays and Great Walk and island camping permits. Well signposted bushwalks are in the Conway National Park further out, after Flametree. The panorama from Lions Lookout, above Shute Harbour vies for best ever sea and island view with the one from Passage Avenure further up the hill.

Airlie Beach - Cane Fields (49km)

A circular drive to take in the region's lush hills, valleys and seas of cane begins with a right turn into Riordanvale Road outside Cannonvale and then left into Sugarloaf Road. Turn right at the T-junction into Gregory-Cannon Valley Road then left into Strathdickie Road at 'The Smithy'. A sunset drive during cane harvesting may reward with a cane fire.

Airlie Beach - Conway Beach (35km)

Towards Proserpine, turn into Conway Road and follow signs to Cedar Creek Falls for a cool freshwater pool and spectacular falls in the wet season. Conway and Wilson Beaches are small villages; Conway's park is a serene rest spot and Wilson has a boat ramp to access nearby excellent fishing.

Dingo Beach - Cape Gloucester (65km)

On Shute Harbour Road, take the Bowen turn-off just past Riordanvale and follow the signs. The infinate white sands of Dingo Beach are a beachcombing paradise, and a hotel and general store offers food, cool drinks and bait for the excellent fishing (local boat hire available). Beyond the stylish homes of Hideaway Bay is Cape Gloucester, home to an eco-friendly beachfront resort which makes a good lunch spot and watering hole.

Airlie Beach - Pioneer Valley & Eungella (171km)

From Proserpine, head south on the Bruce Highway, turn right approximately 30km north of Mackay, drive through Marian and the Pioneer Valley before the steep climb to Eungella (chalet hotel and bushwalks) and on to Broken River. Beautiful rainforest, spectacular views, and at twilight and dawn the platypus come out to eat and play!

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