The Conway Circuit, formerly known as the Whitsunday Great Walk, is a stunning 17 mi point-to-point hiking trail through the Conway National Park that starts at Forestry Road car park and ends at Airlie Beach, Queensland.
Considered a difficult trail, it can be completed in a day, but many backpackers like split it over 2 days or extend their hike for the chance to camp out in one of the national park’s bush camps, offering more time to enjoy this most beautiful area of South Australia that sits within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and a region known and loved for its dense rainforests and pristine white sand beaches and breath-taking coastal scenery. (Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here. And for information on how we grade trails, please click here.)
The terrain is predominantly forest trail, with some gruelling steep sections, especially towards the end but they deliver magnificent views for the effort. Snakes are often spotted basking in the sun on trail so keep eyes peeled on this fairly well-marked scenic hiking route.
Permits are required for those looking to camp at any of the designated campsites within the Conway National Park, these can be booked and paid for in advance online.
There are shorter family-friendly hikes within the Conway National Park if the Conway Circuit proves too difficult for little legs. There are also dog-friendly zones in and around Airlie Beach but dogs are not permitted in the Conway National Park or conservation parks.