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Airlie Beach

Known for Beaches, Family-friendly and Romantic

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

How do you get to Airlie Beach?

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.

Activities in Airlie Beach

Spend the day with the family enjoying the sheltered waters of Airlie Beach’s own tropical oasis, surrounded by landscaped gardens and grassy picnic areas.

This sun-kissed marina is your gateway to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands. Sail or drive here to shop or dine with views over the glistering turquoise waters.

Whether you are stopping over on a Whitsundays sailing trip or simply enjoying the waterfront views, this Airlie Beach marina provides a vibrant portside experience.

For a taste of Tropical North Queensland, explore this national park with its rainforest-clad hills, coral beaches and breathtaking Whitsunday Islands views.

Stroll along this famous beach on Whitsunday Island to experience its dazzling white sands and gently lapping waters in different hues of blue and green.

Cruise in for a visit or begin your boating adventure in the Great Barrier Reef from this world-class marina and make use of its fantastic facilities and great dining.

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Enjoy a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and spend your day at Reefworld to explore marine life. Experience this spacious reef pontoon and enjoy snorkeling, semi-submersible rides, presentations by marine biologists, and a delicious buffet lunch.

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Meet your skipper under the white umbrellas at the roundabout at Abell Point Marina North and prepare to board a magnificent tallship, where you have the opportunity to help set the sails, or just relax on deck. Sip a cup of morning tea and local pastries as you head across Pioneer Bay.

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Embark on an exciting safari to discover the wildlife that inhabits northern Australia's estuaries and wetlands. Cruise the Proserpine River into crocodile territory, encounter wildlife including marsupials, birds and reptiles on the Goorganga Plains, and savour tasty traditional food during this action-packed excursion.

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Take off from Whitsunday Airport for an unforgettable, scenic air journey over the beautiful Whitsundays. Fly over the stunning white sands of Whitehaven Beach, marvel at the Great Barrier Reef's archipelago of coral, including the Heart and Hook reefs, and take in the Hill Inlet's swirling surf.

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Experience the wonders of the Whitsundays on this full day cruise on board Camira – our big purple catamaran! Sail through the azure blue waters of the Whitsunday Islands, walk to Hill Inlet, snorkel the inner reef and enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch.

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Soak up the sun at Australia's most photographed beach—Whitehaven. Cruise to beautiful Whitsunday Island, and spend a half-day walking along the dazzling white silica sand, swimming in the balmy waters of the Coral Sea, and taking in the spectacular scenery.

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