Enjoy a different Whitsunday experience and escape to the tropical
refuge of the Conway Range. Walk or mountain-bike the Great Walk on a
30 km journey through Conway National Park, starting at Brandy Creek,
and finishing at Airlie Beach. With tracks of varying distance and
difficulty, everyone can explore the Conway Range. The entire Great
Walk is a three-day escape, but you can choose shorter walks or rides
that are linked to the main track. Two short tracks can be accessed
from Brandy Creek car park.
The beautiful forest it passes through contains lowland tropical
rainforest remnants and picturesque rocky creeks. Volcanic activity
millions of years ago created this rugged landscape and the offshore
islands. Walking through this wildlife haven is a unique experience as
the seasons come and go with different sights, smells and sounds. You
may see the blue flash of a Ulysses butterfly after rain, smell lemon
myrtle flowers in summer, or hear the distinctive call of the wompoo
fruit-dove when the trees around you are fruiting.
Highlights of the Whitsunday Great Walk include travelling through
majestic tropical rainforest, relaxing by seasonal creeks, and looking
beyond coastal townships to the Whitsunday islands. Use your senses to
watch for the blue flash of a Ulysses butterfly, smell lemon myrtle
flowers in summer and listen for the distinctive call of the wompoo
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You will pass majestic tulip oaks on the first day, walk through
lush palm valleys and moss gardens on the second, and finish on the
third with views of the Whitsunday Islands through open woodland.
To reach the start of the Whitsunday Great Walk, travel west along
Shute Harbour Road, turning left onto Brandy Creek Road. Follow this
road onto Forestry Road through to the car park.