New business offers easy breezy way to explore Airlie
The Whitsundays may be famous for azure waters but a new business hopes to put all the land-based attractions on show in an easy, breezy and fun way.
Whitsunday Fun opened in Airlie Beach last week and rent out a fleet of electric bikes and stand-up trikes perfect for cruising through the region.
With a range of up to 50km and top speeds of 25km/h, Whitsunday Fun owners Balin Beinssen and Jordan Pryce hoped it would encourage people to explore the hidden gems of Airlie Beach.
Mr Pryce said the pair had originally planned to launch the business alongside the cruise ship season.
However, with the pandemic docking travel for the indefinite future, they decided to push on with hopes Whitsunday Fun would provide a unique land-based experience for tourists and locals alike.
“We just want to give people something fun that they can do on the mainland,” Mr Beinssen said.
“When they’ve just come and they’ve got half a day, they can use our products to get their bearings around town and see the lay of the land.”
The electric bike is pedal assisted while the trike operates with the push of a button.
Mr Beinssen said both were safe and intuitive, even for those less inclined to take to the wheels.
“(The trikes) are easy to use and simple for all ages (and) it’s a little bit safer than some of the options out there, particularly for people who haven’t got great balance.
“The bikes that we’ve got are also pretty capable on a lot of the hills around here as well.”
Beyond being better for the environment than petrol scooters, Mr Beinssen said the electric transport would also help people beat the Whitsunday heat while taking in the sights.
“It’s definitely a cooler way to get around because you’ve got the breeze in your hair,” he said.
The bikes and trikes can be rented out by either visiting the shop on Shute Harbour Rd next to Dominos, or by visiting the Whitsunday Fun website here.