The Whitsunday Coast is a cosmopolitan and inviting peninsula that stretches from the central town of Airlie Beach to secluded beaches along the coastline and inland to picturesque hinterland. Basing your holiday on the Whitsunday Coast has several distinct advantages. There is a large range of options for all budgets, from self contained apartments to full service hotels, family focused to adults only. You can choose to stay right in the thick of things in central Airlie Beach, just out of town on scenic Cannonvale Beach, or further out of town at secluded beach townships, inland country towns and the northern beaches of Bowen.
Airlie Beach provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure in the Whitsundays, where accommodation styles are as varied as the accents that can heard in the Main Street.
Airlie Beach’s diverse range of accommodation is the perfect spot for watching stunning sunsets over the islands and launching your holiday activities on the water and throughout the coast. Airlie Beach boasts a broad array of accommodation from stylish resort hotels on the water's edge and apartments on the hillside overlooking the panorama of beach, bay and islands, to bed and breakfast options, motels, camping and caravan parks as well as a host of backpacker accommodation. The town easily achieves the perfect balance between all of these styles, with all accommodation houses taking maximum advantage of the stunning views, and the village atmosphere unifying travellers of all budgets together in the same relaxed, holiday feel.
Airlie Beach is the main launching pad for activities and adventures in the Whitsundays, and feels just as tropical as staying on an island, but with the conveniences of modern life like supermarkets, banks, restaurants and shopping. It is the epicentre of access to the islands and the reef by day, and by night offers such an array of dining and nightlife that every night is a Saturday night!
Just minutes from Airlie Beach, discover quiet, undiscovered coves, beaches and rainforest, and a diversity of landscapes so contrasting to the blues of the ocean.
Inland from Airlie Beach, Proserpine is charming, a typical Australian country town offering traditional country hospitality. There is a range of accommodation from caravan parks and backpacker accommodation to motels conveniently located on the Bruce Highway.
Bowen is another good Whitsunday Coast base for your Whitsundays holiday. Located 45 minutes north of Airlie Beach, this sleepy seaside town boasts seven beautiful beaches that remain largely undiscovered by tourists. There is also a good range of accommodation from backpackers to four star absolute beachfront apartments.
Further inland from Bowen, Collinsville is a quaint country town, far enough away from the tourist hubs to be a country retreat, but close enough to retain that same friendly and welcoming attitude of all the Whitsundays locals.
The region also has several secluded beach townships a short drive from Airlie Beach, offering caravan park accommodation, private holiday homes and eco resorts at which to stay and you will feel as though you’ve uncovered a hidden gem a little way ‘off the beaten track’.
Be sure to find time amongst the abundant on water activities to discover the diversity of the Whitsunday Coast by car. The lush greens of the tropical rainforest of Eungella National Park begin south of the Whitsundays, meandering north through the cane fields of Proserpine and diversifying west to the reds, browns and greens of Collinsville. The fusion of colours is a memory that will stay with you after a visit to the Whitsundays, and the abundant landscape of the Whitsunday Coast is as beautiful as the azure blue of the Coral Sea along the coastline. Tourism Whitsundays has compiled a Drive Trail Map to help guide you around the Whitsunday Coast.