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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 £146 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

This family-friendly Airlie Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach Market and Port of Airlie. Conway ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (927 reviews)

"Beautiful room and view over looking the ocean. Restaurant and pool area is amazing!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 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 £114 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

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! (589 reviews)

"Excellent Staff nothing was to much for them! The Pub staff were also the same nothing was to much for them to do for you! The Hotel was clean only 2 negative for me or I would give it a better rating 😀 Room with a view was above the car park I feel the price for this room should be way cheaper ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2020

Airlie Beach Hotel
Mantra Club Croc
Mantra Club Croc
3.5 out of 5
240 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, QLD
The price is £77 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cannonvale Beach and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Airlie Beach Lagoon. Whitsunday Shopping Centre and Turtle ...

4.1/5Very Good! (367 reviews)

"Greeted by friendly cheerful staff. Room and surroundings very clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2020

Mantra Club Croc

Top Holiday Rentals in Airlie Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Mantra Boathouse Apartments
Mantra Boathouse Apartments
4.5 out of 5
33 Port Drive, Port Of Airlie, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is £179 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct

Located in the heart of Airlie Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Boathaven Beach and Airlie ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (699 reviews)

"Lovely place to stay. Views are lovely and apartments are spacious. Staff were courteous and helpful. Minor cosmetic issues only (light globes that don’t work, Dirty blinds) but otherwise a comfortable and enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2020

Mantra Boathouse Apartments
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
4.5 out of 5
25-29 Shute Harbour Road, Cannonvale, QLD
The price is £101 per night from 19 Oct to 20 Oct

This family-friendly Cannonvale campsite is located in the suburbs, within 2 mi (3 km) of Conway National Park and Cannonvale Beach. Airlie Beach Lagoon and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (75 reviews)

"Great for families. Teens played tennis and enjoyed the facilities and our 5 year old had the best time on the jumping pillow, swimming pool and feeding the animals. We went in September - pool was heated enough but waterpark water was freezing. There were some unique bird squawking in the night ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Peninsula Airlie Beach
Peninsula Airlie Beach
5 out of 5
144 Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is £192 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct

Offering direct access to the beach, this Airlie Beach apartment building is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (128 reviews)

"Amazing & well-appointed property in a great location. The only let-down was the pool. The kids didn't seem to care but as adults we wouldn't spend all day down there - it's almost a plunge pool compared to the rest of the complex."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2020

Peninsula Airlie Beach

Popular places to visit in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon
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Airlie Beach Lagoon

4.5/5(30 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(29 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(21 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.

Airlie Beach Market
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Airlie Beach Market

3.5/5(12 reviews)

During your visit to Airlie Beach, you can enjoy retail therapy at Airlie Beach Market. Wander through the beautiful beaches and marina in this relaxing area.

Conway National Park
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Conway National Park

4/5(1 review)

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

Shingley Beach
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Shingley Beach

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Shingley Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Airlie Beach. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari on Proserpine River with Lunch
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Whitsunday Crocodile Safari on Proserpine River with Lunch

£78
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Whitehaven Day Sail & Snorkelling in the Whitsundays
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Whitehaven Day Sail & Snorkelling in the Whitsundays

£89
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld
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Great Barrier Reef Day Cruise to Reefworld

£102
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Full Day Whitsundays Catamaran Tour with Reef Snorkelling
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Full Day Whitsundays Catamaran Tour with Reef Snorkelling

£81
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruise
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Whitsunday Island & Whitehaven Beach Half-Day Cruise

£73
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Whitehaven Beach Camping
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Whitehaven Beach Camping

£88
Per adult

Reviews of Airlie Beach

4.7

Top Destination

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4 - Good 28.94736842105263%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jan 2020

Airlie Beach is beautiful and the perfect place to take trip out to Whitsundays on a boat.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 Dec 2019

The sea is not good for swimming in due to the stingers!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Dec 2019

Such a beautiful little place that people around the world just have to see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

The gateway to the Whitsundays with some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Nov 2019

The gateway to the Whitsundays. Some of the most beautifully scenery you will ever see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 May 2019

Lovely place to visit and a great way of seeing the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton island

Cities near Airlie Beach

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