Airlie Beach - The Honeyeater Trail
Got some spare time in Airlie? Grab your hiking shoes or runners and head on up to the Honeyeater Lookout for spectacular views of Coral Sea marina and the Whitsunday islands!
The ‘out and back’ trail begins a short walk from Airlie Beach’s main road (see map). From there, you will find yourself climbing the famous Conway Circuit for around 2.3km, before turning right towards the Honeyeater lookout (all conveniently signposted).
With an elevation of 378m, you will not be disappointed with the view from the top. Whilst on the journey up, keep your eyes open for the wonderful queensland wildlife, including the goanna whom you may see snoozing along the side of the pathway, as well as cockatoos and kookaburras perching in the trees. Switch off, connect to nature and enjoy a shaded jungle pathway surrounded by beautiful green trees all the way to the end. Once you’ve made it, make sure you’ve got your camera to capture the moment, then chill out and enjoy the miles of crystal blue ocean and beautiful green islands that stretch as far as the eye can see.
The trail is roughly 8.2km there and back, and is a moderate steady climb so we recommend allowing 3 hours to complete this walk. This allows for all fitness levels and makes sure you have plenty of time to take in that view (and of course snap some pics!).
If you are planning to visit Airlie Beach between the summer months of November and March, an early start for the climb is probably best, as even though this trail is very well shaded the temperature will be high! If you plan on visiting in the winter months of April - September, take care when climbing as the wet weather may make it a little slippery (and maybe bring some mosquito spray!) Whatever the weather, make sure you take plenty of water with you, and bring a hat and sunscreen for protection and don’t worry - there’s even phone reception at the top.
Safe travels, and happy climbing!