Things To Do In Airlie Beach

Things To Do In Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and The Great Barrier Reef. It is set on a striking peninsular that reaches out into the stunning blue Whitsunday waters, just take a look.

The town was once only considered a departure point for sailing holidays however it became popular as a tourist destination in itself. These days there are lots of day trips out to the Whitsundays and activities to keep you busy on the mainland.

The Esplanade is the hub of Airlie Beach tourism with many resorts and hostels as well as dining spots and bars on offer. It’s located on the beach and these spots offer million dollar sea views.

The waters off Airlie Beach look inviting however from November through to May the sea is full of box jellyfish. In order to provide locals and visitors somewhere to cool off the council have built the Airlie Beach Lagoon located on the foreshore. It’s a great place to swim safely and laze in the sun.

Each year Airlie Beach hosts the Meredien Airlie Beach Race Week a world class yachting extravaganza. It is a week long event full of lots of activities for yachtie enthusiasts and also for those who prefer to stick to dry land. Last year's event attracted over 120 racing yachts with 1000's of crew and spectators flocking for the big race. You don’t have to be a professional to set sail to enjoy the waters off Airlie Beach as there are lots of day tours on offer so you can explore the islands and reefs.

Located  just out of town is some of the most beautiful National Park in Australia with walking tracks so you can explore protected coastlines, deserted beaches and lush rainforest. If you’re feeling really active you can do the Whitsunday Great Walk which starts from Brandy Creek and runs to Airlie Beach which is about 30km.

Not far from town is the Proserpine River where you can take a crocodile watching tour. You’ll see not only crocodiles but also wonderful local flora and fauna including migratory birds that call the Proserpine River Wetlands home.

Airlie Beach Accommodation

Airlie Beach AccommodationBook Airlie Beach AccommodationAirlie beach has a wide range of accommodation on offer, from the simple beds of the backpackers inns, quaint Bed & Breakfasts, modern hotels and some of the most luxurious holiday resorts.

Airlie Beach is an incredibly popular place to stay due to its easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, as well as many different activities through the mainland. The Marina keeps the town a bustling hot spot of yachts and motor boats that stop in for the berth, seafood restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and markets.

Airlie Beach Tours & Passes

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise

Book Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition CruiseThe Great Barrier Reef is the largest and most diverse eco system in the world. It is the world’s largest Marine Reserve - about half the size of Texas. The Reef is visible from outer space, appearing as a thin white line along the Queensland coast. Within the Reserve are more than 10% of the world’s species of marine fish, over four thousand species of hard & soft corals and six of the world’s seven species of turtles. Giant Humpback Whales migrate to its warm crystal clear waterways every year to give birth to their babies

John & Lynne are your key to discovering this water wonderland that is Australia’s most treasured natural icon. Lynne has been invited by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to become a Master Reef Guide and she has published “Gourmet Sailing..Delicious Dining on the Great Barrier Reef”, a cook book detailing the meals they serve. The duo have been exploring the Reserve for more than 30 years & they look forward to sharing their knowledge and experience


Whitsunday Crocodile Safari including Lunch

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari including Lunch

Book Whitsunday Crocodile Safari including LunchWhitsunday Crocodile Safari is a safe, all-weather nature excursion which takes guests to see crocodiles in the wild in the Whitsundays. The safari enables you to explore the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays and to discover the vegetation and wildlife in these unique habitats. Your tour begins with a courtesy bus transfer from Airlie Beach to Proserpine. You will experience a calm water cruise on Proserpine River, spotting estuarine crocodiles in natural habitat, and then explore Goorganga Plains wetlands on a tractor-drawn wagon train. Your day tour includes a delicious barbecue lunch and traditional billy tea and damper, so have your camera and your appetites ready!


Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Book Whitsundays Jet Ski TourMulti award winning Whitsunday Jetski Tours offers exciting adventure tours in the Whitsundays and is the first and only guided jetski tour operating from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. Guests can ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park.
Four tours operate daily, the Airlie Adventure, also known as the ‘Turtle Tour’ with sea turtles often encountered, the Two Island Safari, exploring the waterways of South Molle and Daydream Islands, the Jetski to Paradise, a jetski adventure visiting exclusive Paradise Cove Resort and the Ultimate Island Trek, an epic jetski journey to the island oasis of Palm Bay Resort. 
No license is required and no experience is necessary!


WILD LIFE Hamilton Island Entry Ticket

WILD LIFE Hamilton Island Entry Ticket

Book WILD LIFE Hamilton Island Entry TicketThe residents of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island are true Aussie characters
Say hello to our animals Freddie the talking cockatoo and our resident koalas. We also have many other incredible Aussie animals including dingoes, cassowary, bettongs, pademelons, kangaroos, crocodiles and other reptiles. We often have new arrivals so there's always something new to see!
With awesome unlimited access, you can purchase your tickets to the park and enjoy unlimited access for the duration of your stay. Pay once and keep coming back!


Airlie Beach Jetski Adventure

Book Airlie Beach Jetski Adventure NowExplore the beautiful Airlie Beach and Pioneer Bay by jetski - take a tour with qualified guides through Pioneer Bay and enjoy spotting the marine life including sea turtles and the occasional dugong.

The tour is approx 90 minutes in total and departs from Abel Point Marina.

Whitsundays Ferry - Island Hop Pass

Book Whitsundays Ferry - Island Hop Pass NowExplore the Whitsunday Islands at your leisure with a flexible hop-on hop-off one day ferry ticket. Travel between Airlie Beach, Daydream Island Resort and Long Island Resort as many times as you like in one day. You'll get a timetable and map so you can explore these beautiful islands at your own leisure. Find out more...