Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Here we are on the way to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays…It took almost 14 hours to get there by night bus. However, this is only due to the 1000x unnecessary stops on the way in the middle of nowhere.IMG_6666 IMG_6679

Airlie Beach is a locality in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, Australia. The suburb of Airlie Beach itself had a population of 7,868.  Airlie Beach is one of many departure points for the Great Barrier Reef. Near latitude 20 degrees south, Airlie Beach, Proserpine and the nearby Whitsunday Islands enjoy a tropical climate and lifestyle. After finally arriving in Airlie Beach, I immediately headed off to Mount Rooper by foot.Airlie Beach

On the way to Mount Rooper I spotted several cockatoos, the streets where almost empty and the sun was burning…

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As always I took the wrong way and ended up in a dead end. At least the nature was worth going the wrong track. IMG_6717 IMG_6725

However, I had to return eventually and walk back 7.5km to get back on the right road.

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On the way I was sometimes able to look through the dense vegetation to see the sea area.

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To reach Mt. Rooper, I had to pass  Shute Harbour and the Airlie Beach Airport.

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Mount Rooper itself is located in Conway National Park which lies on the Central Queensland coast, between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Conway National Park boasts a number of walking tracks, which take you through a variety of vegetation types including lowland rainforest, mangroves and open forest.  IMG_6810 IMG_6806IMG_6803 IMG_6798 IMG_6796 IMG_6879

And that is how you get a heavy sunburn the other day.

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After another 5k walking off the track I suddenly found that a hidden beach with lots of dead corals and snails…and a perfect views on the whitsunday islands..

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