Driving in and Around Airlie Beach, Queensland

In Mondays post about Airlie Beach, we had a stroll around the town, the beaches and the lagoon. I only had one full day there and at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon I decided to jump into my car to go for a drive.

I wanted to explore a bit further and wider, and the first place I headed to was a nearby waterfall in the neighbouring town of Proserpine.

Cedar Creek Falls


cedar-creek-fallsI don’t know what it is about waterfalls and swimming holes, but I just love them. I don’t know why, I don’t even jump in for a swim! Maybe it’s the sound of the water falling or the serenity of the surrounding countryside.

Or perhaps it’s the the drive to get to them; most of these waterfalls are in the middle of nowhere and some, like this one, are at the end of some old dusty track…





road-to-cedar-creek-fallsConway Beach

Next, I jumped back in my car to head in the opposite direction of Airlie Beach and within 15 minutes I was back on the coast.


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It would have been around 4 o’clock in the afternoon when I arrived at Conway Beach.




conway-beachYes, I’d easily found yet another beach where I could throw my towel down anywhere I wanted and kick sand around to my hearts content.

This wasn’t a deserted beach though, oh no. As you can see in one of the pictures there are three people walking a dog in the distance, but they are on the way back to their car. So, another beach all to myself after all.

It took me about an hour to get back to Airlie Beach from there. When I got to the town, I took the Shute Harbour Road to see some of the views from that side of town.



viewsOn that same road, returning in the direction of Airlie Beach town, I passed a sign pointing to Conway National Park, so I pulled into the car park. I was thinking of going for a little hike, after all, I was on holiday.

I decided to check out the notice board which had a convenient map…

park-mapThen I noticed the guidelines that are probably there to save idiots like me from disappearing without trace.

park-warning-signThe only positive I took from their warnings was that I probably wouldn’t get stung by a marine stinger, considering this was June. Not definitely mind, only probably, there were no guarantees. Everything else screamed danger:

  • I’d planned nothing, I was alone and nobody knew I was here
  • Sunset was around an hour or so away
  • I had no hat, sunscreen, or sensible clothing, my footwear was quite comfy though
  • I didn’t have any water at all

I decided to give it a miss, after all, I was looking forward to that sunset. I had a picnic in the car and I knew I could find another deserted beach nearby on which to enjoy it and watch the sun go down.

I’m glad I did, Conway National Park is quite big. It won’t surprise you to learn that Conway Beach, an hour away by car, is part of it as is Cedar Creek Falls.

Airlie Beach Sunset

So that just left me with my picnic, on the beach, deserted of course, watching the sun go down.




beach-sunsetI was having so much fun, I took a selfie…

beach-sunset-selfieWell, it won’t surprise you to hear that there was nobody else around to take it. It doesn’t really do the moment justice though, my arms just aren’t long enough.

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