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 cabin booking 7 days 6 night

Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 night

Book Great Barrier Reef Luxury Expedition Cruise cabin booking 7 days 6 nightThe Great Barrier Reef is the largest & 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 Boyce are your key to discovering Australia’s most treasured water wonderland. In recognition of Lynne's expertise The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has granted her the title : Master Reef Guide 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


Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

Book Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven BeachHighlights of the Whitsundays all in one seaplane tour - true bucket-list experience. In 4.5-hours our guests see the absolute best of the Whitsunday region with a scenic flight over the Great Barrier Reef including Heart Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Whitsunday Islands, plus two hours at our private snorkeling location in Hardy Lagoon and a one hour visit to Whitehaven Beach. Once in a lifetime travel experience!


Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes

Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutes

Book Whitsunday Islands and Heart Reef Scenic Flight - 70 minutesAn amazing and unforgettable experience.

This is our most popular flight and with great reason! Combining both the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef in one.

Enjoy the iconic scenery as you soar in our specially designed scenic flight aircraft, featuring high wings and large panoramic windows ensuring unobstructed views.

Your pilot will point out land marks to ensure all on board have time to capture that special shot and take in the beauty.

Includes the Whitsunday Islands and White haven Beach, The Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef!

All passengers are Guaranteed a window seat.

Duration 60 minutes.


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...