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Airlie Beach: Where to go?

The Whitsundays have become one of the world renowned holiday destinations; and with the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven beach, whale spotting, and diving on your doorstep; you won’t be surprised to find out visitors flock the world over.

From camping to hostels, and luxury cruises to 5* hotels; the Whitsundays has everyone covered.  Whatever you’re looking for, Airlie Beach is likely the best place to make base camp during your Whitsunday getaway; with everything from sailing, snorkeling, bush walking, diving, wining and dining, pampering, and world famous nightlife, there’s something to suit any holiday makers dream destination.

With its tropical climate and beautiful beaches, you’ll feel like you’re already on that tropical island; but all with the conveniences of modern life at your fingertips you’ll want to spend some time exploring.


From backpackers to award winning restaurants you’ll find it all along this beachfront main street. 

Being the center of activity in the Whitsundays Region you’ll meet traveler and local alike; whether shopping for clothes, rummaging through our local markets, or raising a few in one of Airlie’s great local pubs

The main street houses a wealth of the unique and quirky, whether you’re after that vintage souvenir, or the local produce you’ll likely have to look no further.  You’ll also find the staples of any Australian high street, with the more typical chain stores providing everything from clothes to food.


Nestled in the heart of Airlie Beach parkland is the spectacular swimming lagoon. 

The lagoon is the heart of the community with locals and guests soaking up the tranquility of this idyllic hideaway; whether you’re sneaking away with a book for a few hour, or having a BBQ with a few friends, this is a great spot to lose an afternoon or two at.


Tucked away in the fertile, tropical rainforests of Conway National Park; Airlie Beach has everything from secluded beaches, waterfalls, bush walks and scenic drives to satisfy your ‘back to nature’  getaway.

A couple of the best walking trails include; The Airlie Creek Track and The Whitsunday Great Walk.  Both have been split up into sections according to intensity; but offer the opportunity to explore unrivalled views of the Coral Sea, and make the most of the local flora and fauna.

Cedar Creek Falls!  A quick detour of Shute Harbour road, between Airlie and Proserpine, and you’ll find yourself stood before the beautiful natural waterhole of Cedar Creek.  The ideal way to cool off during the hotter season; and an even more spectacular on the wetter days.


There’s always something happening; from the Reef Festival in late July early August, to the full moon parties; there’s always a must see event in Airlie.  If you’re booking accommodation and tours, just make sure to ask what’s happening this week!


Whether it’s the buzzing nightlife that’s calling you to Airlie Beach, or the peace and serenity of the reef; everyone agrees that getting your sea legs and spending a few days snorkelling with the beautiful and the bizarre; and capturing that perfect photograph of the swirling sands of Whitehaven beach; are a must!

During the busier seasons, booking overnight boat tours in advance is definitely worth the effort to ensure you get the most from your island getaway; but don’t be afraid to ask around if you haven’t managed to book something; last minute deals can be very profitable, and the experience will last a lifetime!


Discover your own Airlie!  Spend a day or two hunting the lesser known spots, and hidden gems of the region and make the most of great weather!

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