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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.

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
Coral Sea Marina Resort
Coral Sea Marina Resort
4 out of 5
25 Oceanview Avenue, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is CA $145 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! (923 reviews)

"Recently stayed for 2 nights with husband and our 2 boys (12 & 9). Location is excellent with only a 10min walk into main town, we thoroughly enjoyed our lazy afternoons by the pool. You can tell they recently refurbished the property as everything looked new and clean. Room was tidy and spacious ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 5, 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 CA $115 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! (576 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Mar. 14, 2020

Airlie Beach Hotel
at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments
at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments
4 out of 5
3 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is CA $182 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 Mar. 27, 2020

at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments

Popular places to visit in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon
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Airlie Beach Lagoon

4.5/5(19 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(13 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(11 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 things to do in Airlie Beach

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

CA $263
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Camira Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure
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Camira Whitehaven Beach Sailing Adventure

CA $155
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Northern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Snorkelling Time
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Northern Whitehaven Beach Tour with More Snorkelling Time

CA $159
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full Day Whitsundays Catamaran Tour with Reef Snorkelling
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Full Day Whitsundays Catamaran Tour with Reef Snorkelling

CA $136
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight
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Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

CA $244
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Private Airport Transfers
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Private Airport Transfers

CA $18
Per adult

Reviews of Airlie Beach

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 27, 2020

Beautiful holliday destination with amazing lagoon.

5/5 - Excellent

Mido

Jan 7, 2020

Highly recommended. Airlie beach excursions such as jet skiing, whitsundays day trips are a must.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 6, 2019

Very friendly people! Lots of fun parks and pools for families and relax areas for couples! It was perfect ❤️

5/5 - Excellent

Traveller

Apr 6, 2019

Definitely walk the Bicentennial Trail, talk to the locals as you’ll find they are passionate about where they live, check out the used bookstore by the public pools.

5/5 - Excellent

Terry

Mar 17, 2019

Free common pool surrounded by restaurants and shopping. Nearby cruises to reef and islands. People are super friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2019

We really enjoyed Airlie Beach it was very relaxing. We are lawn bowlers so we went to look at their lawn bowling club and we were made to feel very welcome and were asked to play in a game there. The Walks along the beach front are very nice.

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