Top things to do

Club in Airlie Beach

Mama Africa

Mama's is a jumping African-style safari nightclub throbbing with a beat that both hunter and prey find hard to resist. Themed nights and all kinds of promotions aimed at the backpacker party set ensure spontaneous …
Modern Australian in Bowen

Food Freaks

Bowen is not the coolest place in Queensland and this restaurant is not the hippest place you will eat in, but that's the way they like it – and the way we like it – eating mod-Oz creations overlooking the marina. F…
Jewellery in Proserpine

Colour Me Crazy

If you do find yourself in Proserpine with time to spare, head to Colour Me Crazy, an eye-popping labyrinth of out-there jewellery, clothing and homewares. Who knew there were so many uses for sequins?
Bakery in Bowen

Jochheims Pies

Jochheims has been keeping Bowen bellies full of homemade pies and baked treats since 1963. Try a Hugh Jackman (hunky beef) pie – the actor was a regular here during the filming of Australia.
Cafe in Airlie Beach

Harry's Corner

Locals are wild about Harry's, which serves quaint European tea sets, Danish sandwiches, filled bagels and good-sized salads. The all-day breakfasts are a must for a hangover.
Sailing in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Race Week

The town's sailing pedigree is tested every August when sailors from across the world descend on Airlie for the town's annual regatta.
Pub in Bowen

Grand View Hotel

Recently renovated but still high on the hill, the grand old Grand View is a ripping Aussie pub with a rocking beer garden and loads of memorabilia (including from Baz Lurhman's Australia). The restaurant looks prom…
Seafood in Airlie Beach

Fish D'vine

Pirates were definitely onto something: this fish-and-rum bar is shiploads of fun, serving up all things nibbly from Neptune’s realm and lashings and lashings of rum (over 200 kinds of the stuff). Yo-ho-ho! Sport ea…
in Airlie Beach

Denman Cellars Beer Cafe

Regular live music and a convivial mood are found in this bar that stocks more boutique beers – 700 brews! – than the rest of the town combined. The food – such as a shared seafood platter ($57), and 'beer bites' su…
Waterfall in Conway National Park

Cedar Creek Falls

To reach the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls, turn off the Proserpine–Airlie Beach road on to Conway Rd, 18km southwest of Airlie Beach. It’s then about 15km to the falls; the roads are well signposted. This is a popula…