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

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Book Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout Full-Day Snorkeling Cruise by High-Speed CatamaranTake an exhilarating cruise in the Whitsundays on board an amazing custom built high-speed ocean-going catamaran. The vessel is designed for stability and speed and ensures all guests have an awesome adventure in comfort and style. Included in the full-day cruise is a walk to the famous Hill Inlet Lookout and Whitehaven Beach, a delicious lunch and snorkeling at two different locations on the Great Barrier Reef.


Whitehaven Beach Tandem Skydive with beach landing!

Whitehaven Beach Tandem Skydive with beach landing!

Book Whitehaven Beach Tandem Skydive with beach landing!1. Skydive from up to 14,000ft over Whitsundays and famous Whitehaven Beach
2. Land on the white sands of the beautiful Whitehaven Beach
3. Includes handicam video and photos
4. Unique experience of a lifetime


Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Book Whitsundays Jet Ski TourTake a guided jet ski tour of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, departing from mainland Airlie Beach! There are four options to choose from, all exploring the beauty of the Whitsundays as you jet ski past gorgeous coves and beaches and learn from your expert guide about the area's natural history and abundant marine life. This small-group tour is limited to 20 people.


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...