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Airlie BeachAustralia

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.

Top hotels in Airlie Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments
at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments
4 out of 5
3 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$212 per night

This family-friendly Airlie Beach hotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach ...

4.2/5Excellent! (143 reviews)

"Helpful and friendly staff were outstanding. Spacious, clean, quiet, comfortable apartments with very comfortable king size bed. Clean and inviting pool and hot tub. Amazing views from the large balcony. Totally recommend this property."…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar. 2020

at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments
Coral Sea Marina Resort
Coral Sea Marina Resort
4 out of 5
25 Oceanview Avenue, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is AU$148 per night

This family-friendly Airlie Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Boathaven Beach and Port of ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (922 reviews)

"Great location, pricey restaurant though very friendly and accommodating staff."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

Coral Sea Marina Resort
Airlie Beach Hotel
Airlie Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner The Esplanade and Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is AU$134 per night

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! (575 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, beautiful view and the staff are so friendly."…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Airlie Beach Hotel

Popular places to visit in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon
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Airlie Beach Lagoon

4.5/5(328 reviews)

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.

Port of Airlie
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Port of Airlie

4.5/5(307 reviews)

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.

Coral Sea Marina
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Coral Sea Marina

4.5/5(246 reviews)

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.

Top activities in Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari on Proserpine River with Lunch
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Whitsunday Crocodile Safari on Proserpine River with Lunch

AU$140
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight
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Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

AU$259
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld
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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

AU$279
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Southern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Beach Time
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Southern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Beach Time

AU$169
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Rainforests & Waterfalls
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Rainforests & Waterfalls

AU$110
Per adult
Private Airport Transfers
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Private Airport Transfers

AU$135
Per adult

Reviews of Airlie Beach

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.96907216494845%
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4 - Good 35.876288659793815%
3 - Okay
21
3 - Okay 4.329896907216495%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Mar. 2020

The Gold Coast of the North. Vibrate tourist location.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Relaxed atmosphere

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Feb. 2020

Back packer central, but it’s still a stunning spot

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Feb. 2020

Worth the visit. Take the Explorer trip out to Great Barrier Reef for a days diving/snorkeling, and go with Fajita on the day trip to Whitehaven Beach, a truly great day with a great crew.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb. 2020

Loved it... paradise!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan. 2020

I recommend 100% that if you are staying at Airlie, you should go out on the Camira Catamaran. We had the most amazing day out on this boat. We also visited Northerlies and very much enjoyed The Airlie Beach Motel.

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