Heading to Far North Queensland – Airlie Beach

We decided to stop at Airlie Beach for a few days, it’s not a bad spot but a little too touristy for our taste.  There are lots of restaurants, clubs and bars and loads of tour operators wanting to take your money.  We thought we might be able to do a bit of scuba diving from here, but it was way too expensive.  A day trip out to the reef stopping at the islands and then doing two scuba dives will set you back between $280.00 and $350.00 per person.

However you don’t have to go too far to get away from the tourist traps to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Dingo Beach swimming enclosure

Dingo Beach swimming enclosure.  This is the most substantial singer protection swimming enclosure I have ever seen, maybe it’s for keeping the crocodiles out as well.

 

Hideaway Beach Views

Hideaway Beach Views.

 

Curlew on Hideaway Beach

Curlew on Hideaway Beach

 

Flowering trees along the foreshore

Flowering trees along the foreshore

View south over Shute Harbour

View south over Shute Harbour

Grass trees on walking trail near Airlie Beach

Grass trees on walking trail near Airlie Beach

 

Grass Tree Grasshopper

Close up of a Grasshopper in the Grass trees

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