Things to do in Airlie Beach
  • Full-Day Whitsunday Sail and Snorkel Adventure with Lunch

    Full-Day Whitsunday Sail and Snorkel Adventure with Lunch

    Explore some of the Whitsundays best-kept secrets. Fun and informative ECO tour guides. Relax on the deck of Tongarra as she sails to the top of Hook Island and feast on delicious snacks and lunch. Snorkel at the best fringing reef the region has to offer.Enjoy a fun “Red Shark” ride and explore Langford Sand…

  • 4 Day & 3 Night Whitsunday Islands & Outer Reef Sailing Adventure on Condor

    4 Day & 3 Night Whitsunday Islands & Outer Reef Sailing Adventure on Condor

    – Experience real adventure sailing!- Spend a WHOLE DAY at Whitehaven Beach & visit Hill Inlet Lookout – Visit up to 6 snorkelling locations to check out the magnificent fringing reef around the Islands (all part of the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park)- Visit & snorkel the outer Great Barrier Reef (weather permitting)- Enjoy bush-walks…

  • Whitsunday Islands Hopper Pass

    Whitsunday Islands Hopper Pass

    The only plan is…there is no plan! Hop between Airlie Beach, Daydream Island and Hamilton Island as you please today – take a copy of the Resort Connections timetable with you and you’re off!

  • Whitsundays Guided Jet Ski Tour

    Whitsundays Guided Jet Ski Tour

    Multi award winning Whitsunday Jetski Tours offers exciting adventure tours in the Whitsundays and is the first and only guided jetski tour operating from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. Guests can ride the latest model Sea-Doo jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park.Three tours operate daily, the Airlie…

  • Shuttle from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach

    Shuttle from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach

    Book a shared shuttle transfer from Proserpine Airport (PPP) to Airlie Beach and surrounds. Don’t forget to book your return. Your driver will meet you at arrivals holding a welcome sign with your name on it, and help you with your luggage. Your driver is a local and will give you commentary along they way…

  • 2-Night Whitsunday Sailing Adventure: Eureka

    2-Night Whitsunday Sailing Adventure: Eureka

    Eureka will not only visit the usual highlights like Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, it also allows you to escape the crowds and visit other pristine areas like hidden caves or a bushwalk up to different Island look outs. Eureka chases the best Sunset positions. As long as the weather is kind, the crew will…

  • Sail, Snorkel, SUP & Kayak Charter Whitsundays

    Sail, Snorkel, SUP & Kayak Charter Whitsundays

    Sailing the Whitsunday Islands, Great Barrier Reef. – Snorkelling around the Whitsunday Islands best fringing reefs. – SUP paddle boards- Spectacular coral and marine life. – Meals freshly prepared onboard. – Evening Eco slide show capturing the days activities. – A visit to the beautiful Whitehaven Beach and bush walk to Hill Inlet. – Overnight…

  • 2-Day Great Barrier Reef “Reefsleep” Experience

    2-Day Great Barrier Reef “Reefsleep” Experience

    Experience the Great Barrier Reef for two days and one night. By day, enjoy all the activities on offer at Reefworld, a pontoon moored on one of the most spectacular areas of the Great Barrier Reef, including snorkeling, semi-sub rides and viewing parts of the world’s largest coral-reef system in an underwater chamber. Later, spend…

  • Whitsunday Islands Private Sailing Experience with Snorkeling & Langford Reef

    Whitsunday Islands Private Sailing Experience with Snorkeling & Langford Reef

    Charter your own skipper and crew on a tallship  in the Whitsunday Islands for up to 24 guests with this private tour that gives you a choice from three day sail options and one sunset option. Set off across Whitsunday Passage in the footsteps of Captain Cook, and catch the breeze on a 62-foot (16-meter)…

  • Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet “Chill and Grill”

    Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet “Chill and Grill”

    Indulge in the ultimate whitsundays adventure; exploring spectacular hill inlet, snorkelling the fringing reef, swimming and hiking. Immerse yourself in the whitsundays with the adventure that has it all.

  • Matador Whitsundays

    Matador Whitsundays

    Join the crew on Matador Whitsundays for a truly unique experience on-board an ex-race boat legend. Matador has been freshly refurbished in 2017 for its 2-Day 1-Night Tour. Hop on-board with like-minded guests sailing over to the World Famous Whitehaven Beach then on to the best snorkelling spots the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has…

  • Private Airlie Beach Tuk-Tuk Tours

    Private Airlie Beach Tuk-Tuk Tours

    Jump on a Tuk Tuk, it is a great way to see beautiful Airlie Beach and mingle with the locals.Sit back and relax as your local guide shows off their home town, taking you to the best scenic spots and venues. You have the choice of 30, 60, 90 or 120 minute tour’s at various…

  • Wildlife Tour – Kangaroos on the Beach at Sunrise

    Wildlife Tour – Kangaroos on the Beach at Sunrise

    “We take you from your doorstep in the Whitsunday’s to one of the most beautiful places on earth in just one day”Break out the binoculars and the walking boots to experience this stunning day of Australian nature and wildlife from Airlie Beach.Your tour day starts early as we start our 1.5 hour road trip to…

  • Jet Ski Safari

    Jet Ski Safari

    Explore the beautiful bays and coastline of Airlie Beach on a jet ski! Glide through the turquoise waters at high speed, with the chance to fish feed and encounter marine life, such as sea turtles.Our modern Sea-Doo skis are extremely fun to ride – suitable for both experienced riders and beginners with no previous experience.…

  • Whitsunday Crocodile Safari including Lunch

    Whitsunday Crocodile Safari including Lunch

    Whitsunday Crocodile Safari is a safe, all-weather nature excursion which takes guests to see crocodiles in the wild in the Whitsundays. The safari enables you to explore the estuaries and wetlands of the Whitsundays and to discover the vegetation and wildlife in these unique habitats. Your tour begins with a courtesy bus transfer from Airlie…

  • 2 Night Small Group Whitsundays Sailing Adventure Aboard Mandrake

    2 Night Small Group Whitsundays Sailing Adventure Aboard Mandrake

    Mandrake Whitsundays takes 14 guests around the islands for 2 days and 2 nights, allowing you to snorkel the coral fringed Islands and explore the spectacular Whitehaven Beach, with such a small group of guests Mandrakes tour is one of relaxation mixed with some awesome sailing. Mandrake caters to guests of all ages. She sleeps…

  • Whitehaven Beach Club

    Whitehaven Beach Club

    GSL Marine cruises direct to the famous Whitehaven Beach with up to 5 hours at Whitehaven. Access to all activities & facilities of our Beach Club.

  • 2-Day Whitsundays Sailing Adventure: Summertime

    2-Day Whitsundays Sailing Adventure: Summertime

    Sail around the Whitsunday Islands aboard a 70-year-old ketch for a full 2 days/1-night adventure. Sleep in our comfortable air-conditioned vessel and wake to a beautiful island sunrise. We will take you to the best snorkeling locations and with sufficient kayaks for all on board, our friendly guide will take you on an eco-friendly exploration…

  • Fly & Cruise – Seaplane Package

    Fly & Cruise – Seaplane Package

    Cruise direct to the famous Whitehaven Beach. Our 50 seat fast-cat was purpose-built for the Whitsundays, and offers a safe and comfortable ride direct to Whitehaven Beach. During your time at Whitehaven, you will have access to all activities and facilities of our Beach Club. Your package also includes a Buffet lunch on the beach…

  • Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

    Ocean Rafting Tour to Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout & Top Snorkel Spots

    “THE ORIGINAL AND MOST AWARDED TOUR IN THE WHITSUNDAYS”Visit three top destinations whilst having the ride of your life! Each Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Beach and Lookout, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks, all in one day! The semi rigid inflatable…

  • Day Sail the Whitsunday Islands on Atlantic Clipper from Airlie Beach

    Day Sail the Whitsunday Islands on Atlantic Clipper from Airlie Beach

    Atlantic Clipper Day Tour is the Whitsunday’s biggest playground offering a fun yet comfortable sailing experience with 6 of the most entertaining crew, not one but TWO waterslides, a 12 person, salt-water Jacuzzi on deck, stand-up paddleboards, 6 metre dive platform, shower facilities, optional cabin hire and a huge saloon to seat everyone for lunch.…

  • Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill

    Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Chill and Grill

    Spend a full day exploring Whitehaven beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Whitsunday Islands. You’ll enjoy a guided hike to Solway Circuit Lookout and chance Bay, and take a leisurely hike to Hill Inlet lookout where you get a famous view of Whitehaven beach! Swim away from the crowds, and have time…

  • Whitsundays Segway Sunset and Boardwalk Tour with Dinner

    Whitsundays Segway Sunset and Boardwalk Tour with Dinner

    Enjoy spectacular views while you glide along the Whitsunday Bicentennial Boardwalk on a Segway. A Segway is a great way to get around, it is easier than walking, and more unique and personalised than a coach tour. You’ll ride your own Segway from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale stopping on the return journey to enjoy delicious…

  • Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

    Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

    Slip into the unique sunset sail in style on a 62ft gaff-rigged topsail schooner, an American Bluenose a replica of the Grand Banks fishing boats in Maine. Whitsundays sunset sailing cruise departs from Coral Sea Marina North – Meeting Place B. After being welcomed aboard traditional 62-foot gaff rigged schooner by the friendly crew enjoy…

  • Chasing Waterfalls in the Whitsunday’s Full Day Tour

    Chasing Waterfalls in the Whitsunday’s Full Day Tour

    *Moderate Fitness, River Stream to cross On this one-day tour, you will enjoy two (2) magical fresh water swimming holes and waterfalls, hidden in a serene rain forest, surrounded by awe-inspiring mountain ranges, there is an abundance of colourful volcanic rock pools.We spend most of the day in the pristine Eungella National Park known as…


All about Airlie Beach

When to visit

Blessed by a subtropical climate, Airlie Beach is great to visit at any time of year. It is also a particularly appealing winter escape; while more southern areas of Australia are feeling the chill, Airlie Beach enjoys some of its best weather from June through September. This period is also the best time to spot migrating humpback whales. The town can get very busy during the country’s three-week school holiday in September and early October, so avoid that window if you don’t like crowds.

Getting around

Airlie Beach is compact, and you can reach most attractions and services by foot. A public bus connects the town with Prosperpine and Shute Harbour, and you can also see more of the area by booking a tuk-tuk tour. If you’re arriving by plane, you’ll want to book a shuttle service to reach your hotel. Airlie Beach is also the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands; the departure points for tours to the archipelago are located in the town center or very nearby.

Traveler tips

While most visitors use Airlie Beach as a base for sailing trips around the Whitsunday Islands, there’s plenty of natural beauty to see on the mainland, too. Head to Conway National Park, just south of town, to explore multiple hiking trails, swaths of ancient rainforest, mangroves, and secluded beaches and to look for wildlife, including paradise kingfishers and the Proserpine rock-wallaby. Guided tours departing from Airlie Beach offer a convenient way to see it all.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Airlie Beach known for?

Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the main port for ferries and cruises to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays. The lively seaside town also has renowned nightlife, white sand beaches, and accommodation options for everyone from backpackers to luxury travelers.

How do I spend a day in Airlie Beach?

With just one day in Airlie Beach, most travelers opt for a day trip to Hamilton Island and the Whitsunday Islands. For the ultimate experience, include a seaplane or helicopter flight over Whitehaven Beach and Heart Reef, and then cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef to swim and snorkel.

Can you swim at Airlie Beach?

Yes, Airlie Beach has two beaches—Airlie Beach and Boathaven Beach—both a short walk from the town center. The rocky shores of Airlie Beach are better suited for sunbathing than swimming, and Boathaven Beach has white sands and a summer swimming area complete with a stinger net.

What is there to do in Airlie Beach at night?

Renowned as one of Queensland’s party capitals, Airlie Beach has a buzzing nightlife and a lively backpacker scene. Bars, restaurants, pubs, and nightclubs line the main street, Shute Harbour Road, where you can spend the night sipping happy hour cocktails, tucking into tapas, and dancing into the early hours.

How long is the ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island?

Ferries from Airlie Beach take about 60 minutes to reach Hamilton Island (depending on weather conditions). Up to nine passenger ferries depart daily from the Port of Airlie Marina, arriving at Hamilton Island Marina. Ferries also depart from Shute Harbour (just south of Airlie Beach), taking around 35 minutes.

Is Airlie Beach worth visiting?

Yes, Airlie Beach is the closest ferry port to explore the lower Great Barrier Reef or cruise out to Hamilton Island and the Whitsunday Islands. Not to mention it has white sand beaches, buzzing nightlife, and the rainforest hiking trails of the Conway National Park right on its doorstep.