Whilst the Whitsundays is certainly an aquatic playground, our mainland coast is scattered with a great number of natural experiences, which should not be missed. We can assist with hiring a vehicle so you can explore the mainland and the hinterland of the Whitsundays. A stark contrast to the reef and islands, the mainland is scattered with lush national park rainforests, waterfalls, native plants and wildlife and a short visit will add another dimension to your experience in the region.
For an absolute waterfront Queensland experience, take a drive out to Hideaway Bay where you will find both Montes Reef Resort and Cape Gloucester Reef Resort. Both resorts have cabin style accommodation, are located absolute beachfront and have a restaurant available for lunch and dinner daily. The drive itself will take you through the sugar cane fields which scatter our hinterland and weave through the Conway Ranges until you reach the coast and the unmistakable turquoise of the Whitsunday waters.
Cedar Creek Falls
This naturally forming waterfall during the wet season or after any large rainfall event is a wonderful experience. Enjoy a leisurely drive out towards Conway through lush agriculture land until you reach the waterfalls. With a plunge pool perfect for cooling off on a hot summers day, a climb to the top of the waterfall and beyond or space to relax under a shady tree, this is a nice way to experience the Whitsunday flora and fauna.
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Famed for its expansive beach and wildlife, a visit to the Cape Hillsborough National Park needs to be timed with sunrise or sunset. The resident wallaby population meet daily on the beach and are a sight to behold for those who have not experienced this Australian icon in their natural habitat. Cape Hillsborough is a short drive from Eungella National Park, make this visit part of an extended day trip.
Lake Proserpine or the Proserpine Dam provides the perfect fresh water environment for watersports or barramundi fishing. Flat, calm water and a huge expansive lake is what makes Lake Proserpine popular with locals and visitors wake-boarding, jet skiing, fishing and wind surfing. The ultimate fresh water fishing experience in Queensland is catching the famed barramundi, of which there are plenty in the dam. Hire a trailer boat and fishing equipment from one of the local suppliers and try your hand at fresh water fishing at its best.
Eungella National Park
The beauty of Eungella is unrivalled in the Whitsunday hinterland. From the opportunity to spot a platypus in its natural environment at Broken River, to the waterfalls and rainforest hike at Finch Hatton to the Eungella Dam itself, this region is worth exploring and spending a day or two immersing yourself in a natural rainforest environment. Quaint cafes and gift shops scattered along the roadside and some excellent National Park walks for all levels of fitness, ensure that Eungella National Park offers something different to the islands and reef the Whitsundays are famous for.