Ten minutes' drive southeast of Airlie, Conway National Park is a 54,000-acre expanse of mangroves, woodlands, rocky cliffs, and tropical lowland rain forest that shelters the endangered Proserpine rock wallaby and other rare species, as well as plenty of sulphur-crested cockatoos, emerald doves, Australian brush-turkeys, and orange-footed scrubfowl. Most walking trails start at the park's picnic area off Shute Harbour Road, 6 km (3½ mile) from Airlie. Mount Rooper Walking
Track, a 5.4-km (3-mile) circuit, meanders uphill through bushland to a lookout with breathtaking Whitsundays views. The 30-km (18.5-mile), three-day Whitsunday Great Walk starts at the Brandy Creek carpark and ends in Airlie Beach. Swamp Bay track follows the creek to a coral-strewn beach with a bush camping area.