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Airlie Beach
Travel Guide

Find some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches at this tropical coastal town, known for its soft white sands and warm lagoon.

Airlie Beach is better known as the gateway to Australia’s iconic Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, but its wide beaches and beautiful scenery make it a great destination on its own. The small town of Airlie Beach has been on the map for budget backpackers travelling along the Queensland coast for years. Although it has seen an increase in upmarket tourism and a growing number of visitors, Airlie Beach maintains its small coastal town atmosphere and laid-back charm.

Start your visit at Airlie Beach’s famous strip of coastline. Shimmering blue-green waters wash onto white-sand beaches, where tropical rainforest meets the sea. Pack a decent lunch and plenty of water and hike along the Whitsunday Great Walk. The well-maintained track runs for several kilometers through government-protected forest. Take advantage of the many rest areas along the way to relax while taking in the surroundings. More of the area’s picturesque walks wind around Hill Inlet. Hike up to the top of the hill to see magnificent views of Whitehaven Beach and see some local wildlife such as goannas and birds.

Back in town, go swimming in the lagoon that overlooks the ocean. Many beaches are off-limits in the warmer months due to high numbers of stinging jellyfish, making the man-made lagoon Airlie Beach’s safe and scenic spot to swim.

Explore the pristine ocean at your own pace with a rented Jet Ski or kayak. Discover Australia’s flourishing underwater world on a Great Barrier Reef dive. Local dive operators offer tours for levels ranging from beginners to experts. Those with an interest in fishing can try their luck at a few fishing spots along the beach or embark on a chartered boat trip. Charter a fully catered yacht to relax in luxury.

Airlie Beach is a stunning Queensland destination with a warm and welcoming community. You can fly into the Whitsundays or come by train or bus from Townsville or Brisbane. Enjoy the area’s tropical scenery inland or out at sea.

Top hotels in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Hotel
Airlie Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner The Esplanade and Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$151 per night from 17 Mar. to 18 Mar.

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! (653 reviews)

"Nice location nice bed and very comfy. Will be back again next time."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2021

Airlie Beach Hotel
Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays
Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays
4 out of 5
277 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$208 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Airlie Beach Lagoon and Port of Airlie. Cannonvale Beach and Shute Harbour Jetty are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (256 reviews)
Love Airlie

"Great location and view. Room was comfortable."…"

Reviewed on 20 Nov. 2020

Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays
Coral Sea Marina Resort
Coral Sea Marina Resort
4 out of 5
25 Oceanview Avenue, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$284 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (968 reviews)

"Excellent location with incredible views and the most relaxing vibes !"…"

Reviewed on 13 Feb. 2021

Coral Sea Marina Resort
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Holiday Rentals in Airlie Beach

Mirage Whitsundays
Mirage Whitsundays
4 out of 5
11 Altmann Avenue, Cannonvale, QLD
The price is NZ$308 per night from 2 Mar. to 3 Mar.

Located in Cannonvale, this beachfront aparthotel is on the boardwalk, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Bicentennial Walkway and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Airlie Beach Lagoon. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (369 reviews)

"apertment was superb close to shops very modern amenities were great"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2021

Mirage Whitsundays
Toscana Village Resort
Toscana Village Resort
4 out of 5
10 Golden Orchid Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is NZ$324 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

This family-friendly Airlie Beach apartment building is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Airlie Beach Lagoon and Airlie Beach Market. Conway ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (177 reviews)

"Good location at the top of a big hill. Clean amenities and very helpful staff. Offers bag storage if on a later return flight."…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

Toscana Village Resort
Martinique Whitsunday
Martinique Whitsunday
4 out of 5
18 Golden Orchid Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Airlie Beach Market and Port of Airlie ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (381 reviews)

"Amazing views and great pool area, reception staff were very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jan. 2021

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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