Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is a bit like the Greek Islands in Queensland with beautiful beaches and lots of sailing! In short, it is an Enzo Top Spot. We stayed at the Seabreeze Tourist Park at Cannonvale Beach; a nice dog friendly park!
This is our first blog since the Coronavirus Pandemic began. The folks bought a new van just before everything was locked down and had been itching to get back on the road. Queenslanders got the all clear for travel within the state and off we went on the ‘Enzotraveldog World Tour of Queensland.’ Not wanting to get caught in the post lockdown stampede, we waited a couple of weeks for the dust to settle before slowly heading north.
Some changes have occurred at Enzotraveldog. The new van is an Autotrail Imala named “Ziggy”. He’s half Italian half English and generally a bit bigger than Bob was. The new Sat Nav is ‘Miss Scarlet.’ She has a much nicer voice than the Idiot, who we don’t miss at all!. Silverback and Sparrow are still the backbone of my support team and of course yours truly, Enzo at the helm. My name may be Italian but I was born and bred in NSW.
Being Italian, Ziggy has a kitchen with a chef sized stove! The Sparrow has been loving it as she has been able to make bread. The other night, we even had our first travelling roast dinner. I love roasts, the smells, the leftovers, the whole thing is dog heaven.
There is an excellent walk from Cannonvale Beach to the main Airlie Beach. It runs around the water’s edge, part boardwalk and part footpath it’s about 4 km long , so easily 1 hour each way by the time you stop to look at all the boats, spot the odd turtle or stingray in the water and generally soak up the AMAZING VIEWS. It’s dog friendly [of course] with doggy bag dispensers and dog bowls built into the water fountains. Some of the cafes along the way also have water bowls.
At the Airlie Beach end, you could interrupt the walk by browsing the shops or going for coffee or even lunch if you wish. The folks were in the mood for pounding the pavement the first time we did the walk, so we just came straight back making it a two-hour session. They liked it so much that they did it again a couple of days later, breaking the journey with a visit to a cafe.
Ocean Dynamics Sunset Dinner Cruise
The folks went out for dinner on a boat called the Ocean Enigma. They must have had a great time as they took lots of photos and insisted in telling me all about it, though I casually pretended not to be interested. The boat cruised out around the bay to get a great view of the sunset and lights of Airlie Beach. Queensland produce was showcased in the menu with a chef cooked 4 course meal, drinks and even a live singer. Meanwhile I was on ‘guard the van Enzo’ duties back in the car park for three hours. Mustn’t grumble really, I got the van all to myself, there were no security issues and I had a super nap. On the negative side, I didn’t get dinner ‘till nearly 8 o’clock, which is very late for me. Luckily, I’d had a big lamb bone in the afternoon to tide me over.
Just up the road from Airlie Beach is Shute Harbour. It’s where a lot of people catch ferries out to the Whitsunday Islands. We went for a drive one morning and checked out the lookout over Whitsunday Passage. To be honest, it’s a tiny place [population 150] and the ferry terminal was having a make-over, so much of the town was a construction site when we were there.
We didn’t go to the Whitsundays this time, they are a whole blog series by themselves. In Summary: We loved Airlie Beach and will go there again and again.