How great is the Honeyeater walk? Seriously though, how wonderful is the feeling of sweat dripping down your face as your calves burn and your breath labours for a whole 40 to 80 minutes depending on how many stops you take on the way up – and then you have to come down! It sounds bloody marvelous doesn’t it. Exactly how you would want to spend your Saturday morning right? This is how I spent the last Saturday morning of 2017. The yoga teacher in me wants to bring forward some kind of spiritual metaphor for cleansing (read: sweating) out the parts of 2017 that no longer serve me but alas, this was not the case. The decision to hike Honeyeaters for sunrise was a spur of the moment one and in hindsight I had forgotten how much of an incline the trail is. The last time I traipsed up that hill was on a solo expedition on a mild winters morning in June. It was significantly more pleasurable in winter with 45% less humidity and what felt like 90 000 degrees cooler (not exaggerating at all), it was also much nicer taking it at my own pace than trying to keep up with my mad friend Erin.
Anyway, if you don’t know what Honeyeaters is it is a 8.2km track that leaves from the top of Kara Crescent in Airlie Beach. It is part of the Whitsunday’s Great Walk in the Conway National Park. From the entrance of the track at the Kara Crescent trailhead you walk uphill for 2.3km before turning off to traipse another 1.8km up to the lookout. The view is pretty spectacular and makes you soon forget what a sweaty, puffed mess you are. So although I am carrying on like a pork-chop about it I do highly recommend taking the hike, who doesn’t love a good view? The return track is the way you came up, so carry on back along the path you just walked and be grateful that you’re now walking downhill.
On this particular morning we began the hike at 4.45am while it was still dark to try get to the lookout for sunrise. Erin set a mega fast pace which meant our conversation was heavy with breath – cheers Erin – but I am glad that she did because we got to the top just before the sun popped over the ridge of the mountains and it made for a stunning view with the gentle and soft light of dawn. The hike usually takes Erin (the power-walker) around an hour and a half to get to the top and back but she was with me and we fluffed around with the drone for a good 30 minutes or so making this trip closer to two and a half hours all up. National Parks recommends allowing three hours and having a high level of fitness (just do it, you’ll be right).
Much love! Xx
All images taken with the DJI Spark (yes even the ones on the trail). Check out my Best Drone to Buy blog for more information on this nifty little camera