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.

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.

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Beach, Family-friendly and Romantic

Top Hotels in Airlie Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Airlie Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner The Esplanade and Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach, QLD
CA $110/night
Aug 26 - Aug 27
4.3/5Excellent! (418 reviews)

"Beautiful location, close to Sailing club clean, wifi, ocean view. Perhaps a dish or two spoons, and a free coffee would be nice x"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2019

Airlie Beach Hotel
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Mantra Club Croc
3.5 out of 5
240 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, QLD
CA $97/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.2/5Very Good! (291 reviews)

"It was awesome! The team really made it special for my missus' birthday. Hotel was clean, easy access, friendly staff. No complaints - though I wish it was possible to use a hdmi for the TV."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2019

Mantra Club Croc
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Mirage Whitsundays
4 out of 5
11 Altmann Avenue, Cannonvale, QLD
CA $206/night
Sep 3 - Sep 4
4.7/5Exceptional! (267 reviews)

"Possibly the best hotel/apartment I have stayed in. Amazing space, views, comfort, etc."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2019

Mirage Whitsundays

Popular things to do in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon
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Airlie Beach Lagoon

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

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.

Abell Point Marina
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Abell Point Marina

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.

Conway National Park
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Conway National Park

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

Whitehaven Beach
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Whitehaven Beach

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.

Hamilton Island Marina
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Hamilton Island Marina

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.

Top activities in Airlie Beach

Southern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Beach Time
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Southern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Beach Time

CA $147

Get to know the beautiful natural scenery of the Whitsunday Islands on an excursion that shows you the wild side of Queensland's coast.Your tour visits the sands of Whitehaven Beach, shows you breath-taking views of the Whitsundays at Hill Inlet Lookout, and takes you snorkelling to see the corals of the fringing reefs.

Northern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Snorkelling Time
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Northern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Snorkelling Time

CA $147

Dive into the translucent waters of the Whitsundays on a tour to 2 snorkelling destinations with some of the best fringing reefs in the islands. Zip across the waves on a sturdy ocean raft to get access to the restricted Hill Inlet at Whitehaven Beach, with a guided walk to the picturesque Hill Inlet Lookout.

Whitehaven Day Sail & Snorkelling in the Whitsundays
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Whitehaven Day Sail & Snorkelling in the Whitsundays

CA $117

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.

Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld
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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

CA $159

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.

Whitsunday Islands Jet Ski Tour - Two Island Safari
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Whitsunday Islands Jet Ski Tour - Two Island Safari

CA $126

OPEN WATER JETSKIING - CRUISE DAYDREAM AND SOUTH MOLLE ISLANDS - 2 HOURS JETSKIING A great tour for the more adventurous traveller who wants to maximise their time on the water.

3-Day Sail & Snorkel Adventure in the Whitsunday Islands
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3-Day Sail & Snorkel Adventure in the Whitsunday Islands

CA $480

Venture aboard a well-appointed trimaran and explore the Whitsunday Islands during a 3-day sailing and snorkeling adventure. Soak up the sun's rejuvenating rays, feast on delicious homemade meals prepared by a friendly crew, and unlock the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

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