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Airlie Beach

Travel Guide
Airlie Beach Lagoon featuring swimming, tropical scenes and a luxury hotel or resort

Enjoy picture-perfect water, lie on the soft white sand, or take a cruise around one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal beaches..

Airlie Beach is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays but with many scenic walks and beautiful beaches, it is also a great place to spend some time.

A small town about mid way along the Queensland coast, Airlie Beach has long been a stop on the budget backpacker run but it has recently become popular with up-market tourists. Despite the growing number of visitors, it hasn’t lost its regional beach-town charm.

Wander along the beach and take in the scenery. This is one of Australia’s prettiest coastal areas, with crystal-clear blue-green waters, white sandy beaches, and tropical rain forests. Pack some lunch, stock up on water, and tackle the Great Whitsunday Walk. It goes for several miles but tracks are well-maintained and there are plenty of spots to rest and relax. For some of the most scenic walks in the area, head to Hill Inlet. You’re likely to see local wildlife and will get a stunning view of Whitehaven Beach from the hilltop.

Make your way back to town and cool off in the lagoon. This is Airlie’s main swimming area as large numbers of stinging jellyfish mean beaches are off limits during the warmer months.

Those out to better explore the area should rent out a jet ski or kayak and look around the area. Adventurers can go diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Local companies cater for pros and novices alike, and you’ll get to see some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures. Fishing fans will find some great spots on land or you can jump aboard a charter boat and head out to sea. Leisure seekers will find fully-catered yacht trips to destinations all around the region.

Airlie Beach is a tropical destination with a lovely, local atmosphere. Walk around and admire the stunning scenery, cruise out to the Reef, or find yourself a comfy patch of sand and relax.

Where to stay in Airlie Beach

Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
2 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 30 Jul. to 30 Jul.
Located in the heart of Airlie Beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach Market are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (806 reviews)
"We loved our stay at Colonial Palms! The rooms were basic but very comfortable, and they had the best and most fluffy towels, and shower we have ever had! Wendy on the front desk was so lovely."

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2021

Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Airlie Beach Hotel
Airlie Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner The Esplanade and Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is AU$224 per night from 9 Aug. to 9 Aug.
Located in Airlie Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Port of Airlie and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (689 reviews)
"Friendly check in and beautiful views"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2021

Airlie Beach Hotel
at Marina Shores
at Marina Shores
5 out of 5
159 Shingley Drive, Cannonvale, QLD
The price is AU$225 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
This family-friendly Cannonvale hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Cannonvale Beach and Boathaven ...
4.3/5Excellent! (631 reviews)
"Loved the water view and peacefulness of the area. Walking distance to Marina and nearby restaurants. And walking paths along bayside. Cheap and quick taxi ride into town. Nice pool. The apartment was well appointed and spacious."

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2021

at Marina Shores
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Seabreeze Tourist Park
Seabreeze Tourist Park
2 out of 5
234 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, QLD
The price is AU$40 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Situated near the beach, this campsite is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Bicentennial Walkway and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Airlie Beach Lagoon. Whitsunday Shopping Centre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (76 reviews)
"Great facilities"

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2021

Seabreeze Tourist Park
at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments
at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is AU$175 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
This family-friendly Airlie Beach aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Cannonvale Beach and Shute ...
3.8/5Good! (672 reviews)
"Great view. A short walk into town. Staff were always helpful."

Reviewed on 8 Jul. 2021

at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat
3 out of 5
2614 Shute Harboour Road, PO Box 562, Jubilee Pocket, QLD
The price is AU$84 per night from 14 Aug. to 14 Aug.
Situated in Jubilee Pocket, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Conway National Park and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Airlie Beach Lagoon. Port of Airlie and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (270 reviews)
"Cute little cabin with covered carpark. All the basics. Beautiful surrounds. Lovely and quiet."

Reviewed on 13 Apr. 2021

Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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