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Airlie Beach is the heart of the Whitsundays and is renowned for its laid-back, tropical holiday vibe. It is also the launching pad for your exploration of the nearby Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and Whitsunday Islands and resorts, with boats, helicopters, and seaplanes transferring holiday-goers to their island destinations frequently each day. However, there is also plenty of things to do in Airlie Beach and its surrounding towns, from land-based activities to adventures on the water – this coastal town has something for everyone.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Soak up the sun and enjoy a swim at the Airlie Beach Lagoon, a massive swimming pool bordered by sandy beach areas and grassy knolls, located within close distance to the main street of Airlie Beach. With postcard views over the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands, the lagoon is the perfect place to kick off your tropical adventure on the mainland. The free public Lagoon and surrounding parkland area also features a children’s splash pool and playground equipment, providing the perfect location for families. There are also several barbeque facilities situated throughout the lagoon’s parklands.

Just a short stroll from the lagoon, on the Airlie Beach foreshore, you will find further barbeque facilities and a new gigantic children’s playground standing 10.5m high.

Sun & Sand

Enjoy the sand, sea and spectacular views across the bay at Boathaven Beach, just a short stroll from the Airlie Beach Lagoon and main street. Alternatively, meander along the Bicentennial Boardwalk to Cannonvale Beach, taking in the magnificent views across the Coral Sea, with the bonus several coffee stops available along the way.

Where to Eat and Drink in Airlie Beach

Take a stroll down the main street of Airlie Beach, where you can browse the various clothing boutiques, gift shops and art galleries or sample some local cuisine and a few drinks in one of the many alfresco restaurants, cafes and bars. Tempt your taste buds with local seafood, such as mud crab, prawns and fish as well as local produce, harvested on nearby farms, are a highlight of many menus throughout the Whitsundays. Whether it is Italian, Indian, modern Australian, European, Asian or Mexican food you are after, Airlie Beach’s restaurants and cafes are certain to satisfy your culinary cravings.

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Seaside markets are also held every Saturday morning on the Airlie Beach Esplanade and Foreshore. Here you will find a variety of stalls, featuring fresh local produce, tropical holiday gifts and several homemade culinary delights.

Getting Around

Getting around in Airlie Beach is easy, with everything available within walking distance. Visitors can also explore the town on a tuk tuk or take in the local sights (on both land and water) on an all-terrain bus. For those a little more adventurous, there are also Segway tours, which take in the sights of Airlie Beach and the nearby Cannonvale Beach via the interconnecting and picturesque Bicentennial Boardwalk. Scooters, bikes and cars can also be hired for longer day excursions to explore further afield.

Water Activities in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the hub for all water-based activities in the Whitsundays, with day and overnight/multiple night tours departing from both Abell Point Marina and Port of Airlie daily. From Airlie Beach you can explore the iconic landmarks of the Whitsundays, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, Daydream Island, Long Island, Hamilton Island, and Hayman Island.

Learn how to sail, hire a boat or stand-up-paddle-board, or take a sea kayak tour as you experience the beautiful bays that hug the coastline or just sit back and watch the yachts and take in the scenery from the shore, with plenty of spots perfect for a picnic along the Airlie Beach foreshore.

There are plenty of fishing spots along the Whitsunday coastline where you can throw a line in, and several fishing charters available for those wanting to get out on the water and catch a marlin, a mackerel or perhaps a coral trout.

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Adventures on Land

Get in touch with nature by hiking through the rainforests and mountains of Conway National Park bordering Airlie Beach. The Park features scenic lookouts and plenty of tracks suitable for beginners through to the professionals, with a three-day, two-night overland adventure available. Birdwatching is also a favourite pastime for locals and visitors alike, with the lush rainforests and woodlands home to hundreds of bird species, such as the cheeky sulphur-crested cockatoo.

Take a dip in the nearby Cedar Creek Falls, which are nestled in mountainous terrain of the Conway National Park between Airlie Beach and Proserpine. This natural water park is the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature.

Sit back and enjoy a spectacular sunset in Airlie Beach. With several locations along its shoreline with the ultimate vantage point available to those wishing to take in the experience. This is a must, if you are on a romantic getaway!

By land or water, or just from the balcony of your accommodation, whichever way you choose to explore Airlie Beach, you will be guaranteed an enjoyable experience.

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