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.