As I mentioned in this post, a couple of weeks ago we headed to Airlie Beach for a short but sweet 2 night stay. I still feel fairly new to the wonders that Far North Queensland has to offer so I was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful the stops along the way were…
Airlie Beach is about 4 hours away from Townsville, so after dropping the dog at a friends place we hit the road at about 9am. Our first stop was Horseshoe Bay in Bowen, which is in the Whitsundays. I knew what the Whitsundays were, but I genuinely had no idea they were so close to home! I couldn’t believe that this beautiful little bay was tucked away amongst all of the brown grass and dead trees we drove past.
We had lunch here before continuing on our journey.
We arrived in Airlie Beach at about 3pm, this is the view from our apartment – how stunning is it! We were able to score a pretty sweet deal on an Airbnb which I can only assume was due to COVID. Airlie Beach is super touristy and usually full of European backpackers, so while it was nice that it wasn’t too busy, it also really sucks for the small business owners that operate there.
After settling into our home for the next 2 nights, we headed out for a stroll along the waterfront.
Evie needed to stretch her legs!
We were pretty comfortable with having a fairly relaxed stay in Airlie Beach. The weather was quite hot and obviously having a toddler creates a decent amount of limitations. After a quiet night in we were greeted in the morning by a new friend!
We headed out again to do some more exploring around Airlie Beach. The whole town is so picturesque.
After Evie and Jordan had a swim at the Lagoon, we went on the hunt for the perfect brunch spot. We were so happy when we stumbled upon Cafe One 3, a small organic cafe tucked away from the main hub of the city centre. The food here was amazing and we had really good service. I highly recommend if you are ever in Airlie Beach!
After an afternoon siesta we headed out again in the evening. Evie had a great time walking along the beach, talking to seagulls. There were also lots of locals out and about exercising, including a lady on roller skates. Everyone in Airlie Beach was super friendly, it was so refreshing.
We had sushi for dinner that night, which did not disappoint.
The next morning we picked up some coffees from the Fat Frog before starting our journey home.
Dress, Valley Girl; hat, Akubra; sunglasses, Prada; shoes, Superga
We took a little detour to Hideaway Bay which was completely deserted.
What an incredible place
After our visit to the beach we headed back to Bowen for lunch. If you are visiting Bowen I highly recommend Jochheims Pies. Although I didn’t actually have a pie, I can confidently say based on my salad roll, the pies are sure to live up to expectation!
What a great first impression of Airlie Beach. I can’t wait to come back when Evie is a little older for more adventures!