I thought I would never be able to walk again... after experiencing life on a mini segway, why would I even want to?
Airlie Beach is the perfect location to enjoy a lazy ride around the town. With easy pathways, a boardwalk and a number of locations to eat and drink at, why walk when you can segway? Fun Rentals offers 2 trips, a morning leisure ride, and a relaxing afternoon ride. Fortunately, we at Nomads Airlie Beach have been lucky enough to experience both!
Morning Segway Tour
Being a beautiful day in Airlie Beach, we opted for the morning tour so we wouldn't waste any of the magnificent day!
Upon arriving at the Fun Rentals office, we were greeted and fitted with stylish colourful helmets, and shown to our robos, which are super cool mini segways! Our instructor and robo-PRO Iyas then ran the 6 of us through the basics of how to operate and maneuver the robos, then having us practice our forwards, backwards and turns. Soon we were all quite confident, hooning around the parking lot. Hesitant at first, it didn't take long to get used to and it is SO MUCH FUN!
We had graduated ROBO school and it was time to show off our new skills down the main street of Airlie Beach! The group set off single-file down the street, we were permitted on the footpath which is plenty wide enough to navigate around the (very jealous) pedestrians.
We headed towards the Airlie Beach boardwalk, overtaking tourists heading the same direction to board their boats for their Whitsundays trips, hauling luggage and gazing in envy at our easy transportation around Airlie Beach. As I gained more confidence on this foreign machine, we sped up and cruised along the Airlie Beach foreshore, absorbing the spectacular views of the Whitsundays.
Our destination - Fat Frog Cafe at Cannonvale Beach, a wonderful retro cafe that has an uninterrupted view of the ocean while you sip on coffees and feast on amazing treats. We arrived safe and sound, parked our segways on the beach (I'll admit I was a little wobbly trying to park), and chatted excitedly among ourselves while we waited for coffees and treats to arrive, which are all included in the price of the tour.
After we had filled our faces with the delicious food provided, we slowly made our way back to the centre of Airlie Beach to finish our tour. However, on the way, our tour guide Lyas stopped us at the local basketball courts, and let us loose with our rapidly rising confidence on the mini segways. 2 crashes later by some overconfident boys, a lot of squealing from the girls, and always the black sheep putting around at Nana pace, we decided it was time to head back.
Again, we weaved around the beautiful Airlie Beach foreshore, smuggly zooming past fellow tourists until we had safely made it back to base camp - or so I thought! At this point I was begin to be an arrogant know-it-all on the segways, and Lyas challenged me to a short race while everybody was putting their segways away. I should have said no, I should have behaved - but my competitive nature got the better of me, and we set up an obstacle course whereby the first one to complete the course would be the winner. Sure enough, the challenge resulted in what you would expect - Lyas taking victory and me ending up best friends with the pavement.
I have to say though, this is one of the best experiences that I've taken part in, and definitely value for money with the coffee and cake at Fat Frog Cafe. But, don't just take the morning experience as gospel... thank god there's an afternoon tour for those who like the laid back, sleeping in nature that is Airlie Beach.
Afternoon Segway Tour
Being somewhat of a late-rising town (with locals and backpackers alike sporting hangovers most days of the week), we opted for the afternoon ride. The two hour tour goes down to the Port of Airlie Marina and back again, and includes a drink when you stop at Denmans Cellars for a half time.
We arrived at Fun Rentals and the instructor took us through the basics and we set off...
We went up and down the street, across the road, through the park, along a section of boardwalk and around the foreshore alongside the beach. It was such a beautiful time of the afternoon to be - let's call it gliding - around. Lyas took us around to New Beach, where we stopped and took photos of a washed up ship and took in the beautiful view of the Whitsundays, then on to our destination for a break.
At Denmans Cellars we parked up our robos, it felt funny walking again. Here we found ourselves presented with the choice of hundreds of beers and ciders from all over the world, I chose a cider from New Zealand and took a seat. The group sat and chatted for about half an hour, laughing about the few minor collisions we nearly had.
The return trip was such a nice cruise, with a beer under our belt, the sun was starting to set, a great way to end our day.
Thankyou Fun Rentals for such a fun and wonderful way to see this pretty town.