Airlie Beach

Travel Guide
Airlie Beach Lagoon featuring general coastal views, swimming and tropical scenes

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.

A small town about mid way along the Queensland coast, Airlie Beach has long been a stop on the budget backpacker run but it has recently become popular with up-market tourists. Despite the growing number of visitors, it hasn’t lost its regional beach-town charm.

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.

Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
2 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
The price is S$146 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3.5-star motel in Airlie Beach. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (871 reviews)
"could not fault this place i give it a 10 out of 10 , very reasonable rates , we had a king room with private access to the pool with tropical gardens around it , we had the best holiday in a long time the staff were very friendly and happy to help with any request , the room clean the showers great ..."

Reviewed on 10 May,2022

Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Airlie Beach Hotel
Airlie Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner The Esplanade and Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
The price is S$209 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Airlie Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (773 reviews)
"Very clean and modern property and rooms. In a great location."

Reviewed on 29 Apr,2022

Airlie Beach Hotel
The Sebel Whitsundays Airlie Beach
The Sebel Whitsundays Airlie Beach
4.5 out of 5
3 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
The price is S$267 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Airlie Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (234 reviews)
"Lovely staff."

Reviewed on 6 Feb,2022

The Sebel Whitsundays Airlie Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments
at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
440 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
The price is S$170 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Airlie Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (531 reviews)
"These are really good apartments in a good location, with lovely staff! The pool is wonderful."

Reviewed on 29 Mar,2022

at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments
Club Wyndham Airlie Beach
Club Wyndham Airlie Beach
4.5 out of 5
Mount Whitsunday Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
The price is S$294 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Airlie Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (89 reviews)
"Great accomodation with the added bonus of parking. It is up a very steep hill, so coming back from town is a challenge. There was a courtesy bus into town if you didn’t want to walk. Unfortunately we had very wet days and even lost power from 9pm for several hours. (This was an area outage not just ..."

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2022

Club Wyndham Airlie Beach
Martinique Whitsunday
Martinique Whitsunday
4 out of 5
18 Golden Orchid Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802
Stay at this 4-star luxury apartment in Airlie Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (404 reviews)
"Perfect location Manager was nice Great pool"

Reviewed on 8 May,2022

Martinique Whitsunday
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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