Airlie Beach: Paradise Awaits

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Hello Paradise!

Aside from Airlie Beach being the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands there’s numerous other reasons why Airlie Beach is a bucket list destination. Airlie Beach is a vibrant, multicultural town full of character. The laid back beach lifestyle is what makes Airlie Beach a firm favourite with travellers. This blog includes where to eat, what to do and where to stay. Get ready for a jam packed itinerary with the best things to do in Airlie Beach.

 

How to get to Airlie Beach.

The closest airport to Airlie Beach is Prosperine Airport with flights daily. A 30 minute drive or you can organise a shuttle bus or transfer through your accommodation. The best time to visit Airlie Beach? Boasting a sub-tropical climate, Airlie Beach is warm all year round, although the wet season and jellyfish season both occur during summer. June to October in Airlie Beach is just stunning with highs of 25 degrees and consistent sunshine.

 

Whether you’re on the classic backpacker East Coast trip or looking for the perfect beach holiday location, Airlie Beach is a must visit location. The perfect spot to explore some of the Whitsunday Islands (74 in total) so you’ll have plenty of exploring to keep you busy. Adventure seekers, prepare yourselves for lots of fun, ocean rafting, snorkelling, scuba diving or skydiving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list of Airlie beach attractions is endless, so this list of 10 things to do is just the beginning of a great trip.

 

Enjoy a day at Airlie beach Lagoon

Located in the heart of town this is the perfect spot to lay out and relax. $4.5m litres of freshwater gets pumped through the pools here daily. Free admission makes this a great option for those travelling on a budget and you can swim during stinger season.

 

Honeyeater Lookout Trail

Who doesn’t love a good lookout trail? Start at the top of Kara Crescent and follow the signs for Honeyeater Lookout, an 8.2km roundtrip trail. A steep incline, once you reach the top you’ll ne rewarded with the most amazing views of Airlie Beach.

 

Wander the Whitsunday Markets

Every Saturday from 7am-1.30pm the Lions Airlie Beach Community hold a market. Grab a coffee and peruse the many stalls along the foreshore of Airlie beach.

 

Snorkel or scuba dive The Great Barrier Reef

Airlie Beach is right next door to the world’s largest coral reef system. One of the most popular day trips in Airlie Beach is to explore The Great Barrier Reef. Most tours provide snorkels and fins. Book yourself a scuba dive or even a lesson if you’re a beginner.

 

Sail the Whitsunday Islands

One of the most iconic things to do in Airlie Beach is to board a boat and explore the Whitsunday Islands from sea.

 

Spend some time on Hamilton Island

The largest of the Whitsunday Islands and the only one with its own airport. A short ferry ride will have you there in no time. From water sports to walking trails you’ll be sure to enjoy your time at one of Australia’s most desirable island escapes.

 

Get sky high with a scenic flight

Experience the absolute beauty of the Great Barrier Reef in a whole new way. As every passenger is privy to a window seat you’ll be able to spot the gorgeous Heart Reef, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach as you soar above the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Whitehaven Beach

Rated the #1 beach in the South Pacific, Whitehaven Beach should be a priority when looking for things to do in Airlie Beach. Accessible by boat, plane, or helicopter, this 7km stretch of beach really is like no other. Think ‘postcard views. From the unspoiled white sandy beach to the turquoise waters.

 

Venture out to Hideaway Bay

Something a little off the beaten track. 50km from Airlie Beach you’ll find this natural beauty. With 5 public assess points there’s a big chance you’ll spend the day here and nor see one other person.

 

Take a stroll to Shute Harbour and hop on a fishing charter

10km from Airlie Beach you’ll find a quiet port for boats travelling to and from the Whitsundays Islands. This small residential area is full of beautiful holiday homes. It is a popular hotspot for fishing, especially at sunset. You can hop on a fishing charter, half day or full day tours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach may be small, but accommodation options are plentiful. The best hostel in Airlie Beach is stones throw from the lagoon. Magnum’s is the place to be with clean dorms, private rooms and an onsite tour company and bar, what more could you want? Coral Sea Resort is one of the best mid-range hotels in Airlie Beach. With a spa, poolside restaurant and ocean vibes throughout, it won’t disappoint. NRMA Holiday Park and camping sites is situated 2km from Airlie Beach. This park is the ideal hub for exploring on a budget. With a communal pool and kitchen this park offers refundable rates and free cancellation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best places to eat in Airlie Beach.

With ocean views and freshly caught seafood there’s something for everyone, no matter your tastebuds!

 

Budget Friendly – Beagles Pizza

What is better than tasty pizza, pizza that doesn’t break the bank of course!

 

Mid-Range – The Deck Restaurant

From healthy options to vegetarian dishes and seafood it is the perfect spot to refuel with a view.

 

Sidewalk Café – A must visit

If you’re looking for a sweet treat or a delicious breakfast look no further than this thriving hotspot.

 

Like us, I’m sure you’ll absolutely fall in love with this charming coastal town.

Airlie Beach is a vibrant, multicultural town full of character. The laid back beach lifestyle is what makes Airlie Beach a firm favourite with travellers. This blog includes where to eat, what to do and where to stay. Get ready for a jam packed itinerary with the best things to do in Airlie Beach.
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