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What travelers to Airlie Beach are saying

Airlie Beach is a lovely spot for a relaxing warm and sunny getaway. Weather was great for our first 5 days with our last 2 days being wet and windy which unfortunately resulted in the cancellation of our sunset cruise. We did however have a great...
JOHN L. 14 Sep 2015
It's a great location and idyllic setting. The town itself is a bit backpackerish and the restaurants tend to be more pub style but food wholesome. As the gateway to the Whitsundays it is an ideal stop over point for the islands. Lovely Boardwalk...
Stephen C. 31 Jul 2015

Boisterous Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the doorway to the Great Barrier Reef and the islands of the Whitsundays. And as doorways go, it is a very beautiful, peninsula-situated one! Like an older brother calling you ‘chicken’, the entire town seems to be either pushing you to enter the water or to enjoy one more drink amid its vibrant party atmosphere.

Abel Point Marina is your access point to the wonderful water world that is the Great Barrier Reef, but you can also take a scenic flight by seaplane or helicopter to Heart Reef and experience the clear water from the air. Return in the evening and enjoy Airlie Beach’s nightlife. They call this the ‘party town of the Whitsundays’ for a reason, and many a bleary-eyed and sunburned backpacker will tell you that they came for a three-day sailing trip… and ended up spending three months.

Aarlie Beach’s Top 10

10. Whitehaven Beach A short boat trip away are the bright white sands of this famous beach. 5. Goorganga Wetlands Situated close by, the wetlands offer a change from the tropical beaches.
9. Diving the Reef No words can do this justice – you just have to get beneath the water and be blown away. 4. Airlie Beach Markets Held every Saturday, pick up some local arts and crafts from the makers themselves.
8. Sailing With so many amazing beaches and hidden coves, how will you ever decide where to stop for lunch? 3. Conway National Park Take a walk through the rainforest and let your cares disappear.
7. Crocodile Safaris Riding on a tractor, cruising down a river on a boat and bush tucker – this is Australia. 2. Airlie Beach Lagoon A safe place to swim away from the nasty stingers.
6. Boathaven Beach Visit Airlie Beach’s newest addition – here’s a clue: it’s a beach! 1. Great Barrier Reef It’s the world’s largest reef and it’s ours. To come all this way and not visit it would be downright un-Australian!

Airlie Beach Events

In August, Airlie Beach Race Week sees yachties from far and wide visit the region to do battle on the water.

The Great Whitsunday Fun Race and Outdoor Party in September is an amusing event where everybody dresses up and the party goes well into the evening.

In September, the Whitsunday Boat and Leisure Show will have you green with envy. Also in September is the Airlie Beach Festival of Sport, which can be enjoyed by anyone who can run, swim, ride a bike or hit a volleyball. So nearly everyone, then!

You won’t be bored in October at the Whitsunday Reef Festival, with everything from sand sculpting competitions to fashion shows on offer.

When To Go

  • Airlie Beach has a subtropical climate, which can act as a magnet for cyclones from January to March.
  • For most of the year the weather is warm and wonderful!
  • Daytime highs seldom drop below 25ºC (77ºF).

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Getting Around

  • Charter a yacht and enjoy the ultimate freedom as you explore the region.
  • Jump on one of the frequent and fast ferries for the easiest way to get between the various islands.
  • Alternatively, simply walk around this small coastal town.

Airlie Beach attractions

The Whitsunday Region and Islands in Queensland, Australia is a veritable paradise, with phenomenal biodiversity and some of the most desirable and pristine coastlines on the planet. Famously, Tourism Queensland put out a worldwide call in 2009 for people to apply for “The Best Job in the World” as caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef islands. The result was well over 30,000 online submissions and a serious boost to the local tourism economy.

The diminutive town of Airlie Beach is just across the Whitsunday Islands on the mainland coast of Queensland and serves as a popular departure point for the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. With a tropical climate and laid-back vibe, the community of under 3,000 people is a brilliant beach escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nearby points of interest include Conway National Park, Vic Hislop Great White Shark and Whale Expo and Hill Inlet.

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon
  • Heart Reef
  • Hill Inlet
  • Conway National Park
  • Dive Sites
  • Whitsunday Great!Walk
  • Vic Hislop Great White Shark and Whale Expo
  • Whitsunday Reef Festival
  • Airlie Beach Festival of Sport
Airlie Beach - General information



  • Capers at the Beach Bar & Grill
  • Village Deli
  • Mangrove Jack's<
  • Deja Vue
  • Banjo's Bar & Bistro


  • Martinis
  • Squidlips
  • Mama Africa
  • The Opera
  • The Metropole


Airlie Beach has a tropical climate, with warm weather throughout the year and temperatures that range from 13&deg;C to 31&deg;C.

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Hotels in Airlie Beach

Recommended hotels

From US$18

1 Base Airlie Beach Resort

4 stars
2.7 / 5 6 reviews

336 Shute Harbour Road Map

Set amidst a six-acre tropical gardens, Base Airlie Beach Resort makes for an ideal base for the backpacker crowd. This resort in Airlie Beach offers comfortable accommodations, friendly service... More

first time at airlie
The price of this hotel was quite cheap and I guess we got what we paid for. Location was amazing close to everything. Room wasn't too bad, very bare with only the necessities. No towel racks or...
8 Sep 2015
From US$86

2 Airlie Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

16 The Esplanade Map

Stay 2 Nights & Get The 3rd FREE

Located in the epicentre of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Hotel is a vibrant coastal village nestled in the Whitsundays, offering comfortable accommodation and quality service to make your stay... More

Nice Hotel
Not far from the port of airlie, 10 mins walk. Great price for 2 nite. highly recommended
18 Sep 2015
From US$131

3 Peppers Airlie Beach

5 stars
4.0 / 5 13 reviews

9a Hermitage Drive Map

Stay 2 & Save 15%

Peppers Airlie Beach is a luxurious paradise offering full-serviced apartments overlooking the beautiful Whitsunday Passage. Aside from frolicking on the powdery white sands at Airlie Beach,... More

Terrible stay elsewhere
Whole experience was terrible the room was very dirty the room smelt of sewerage went and seen the staff at reception and they didn't want to know about it very disappointed! would not recommend!
21 Oct 2015
From US$157

4 Mantra Boathouse Apartments (formally Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger)

4 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

33 Port Drive Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

Set on the water's edge at the Port of Airlie Marina, Mantra Boathouse Apartments (formally Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger) is an ideal base for holidaymakers looking to sail to Whitsunday... More

Families well catered for.
We had a group of 11 people staying in 4 apartments. Fantastic location . Close enough but far enough away from the nightclubs easy walk to the Main Street in Airlie . All staff were very friendly....
13 Oct 2015
From US$23

5 Nomads Airlie Beach

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

354 Shute Harbour Road Map

Nomads Airlie Beach Backpackers offers Melanesian style accommodation amidst a friendly and vibrant atmosphere. This property is an ideal lodging choice for travellers, groups and backpackers... More

From US$104

6 at Blue Horizon Resort Apartments

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

3 Hermitage Drive Map

Whether looking for a romantic getaway, a family friendly destination or somewhere to mix work with pleasure, the Blue Horizon Resort Apartments Airlie Beach can cater for all tastes for an ideal... More

Family Getaway
Beaut place to stay. Walking distance to ferry terminal. Walking distance to shops (about 15 mins). Great pool area. All rooms have a view and are spacious. Wi Fi was expensive (bring your own!)....
1 Oct 2015
From US$70

7 at Whitsunday Vista Resort

4 stars
4.0 / 5 11 reviews

cnr Shute Harbour Road & Hermitage Drive Map

Located directly opposite to the Boathaven Bay and offering distinctive style apartments, at Whitsunday Vista Resort is an ideal base for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. GeneralDuring... More

Love Airlie Beach
In a great location, handy to buses & easy walking to Airlie Beach, no hills to walk. The owners are very nice & helpful. One problem was the chewing gum from last guest still sticking to bedroom...
25 Aug 2014
From US$110

8 at Waters Edge Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 8 reviews

4 Golden Orchid Drive Map

If location, tranquillity and comfort are what you are looking for in holiday accommodation, then the At Waters Edge Resort Airlie Beach is just the place for you. GeneralComplete your daily... More

From US$131

9 Coral Sea Resort Whitsundays

4 stars
4.6 / 5 14 reviews

25 Oceanview Avenue Whitsundays Map

FREE Tropical Breakfast, Parking & Inhouse Movies

Combining first class facilities with legendary hospitality, the Coral Sea Resort rates as one of the most appealing deluxe luxury resorts in the magical Whitsundays. GeneralThe resort has an... More

Special Treat
Stayed 1 night en route to the White undated. Location cannot be beaten, rooms very well appointed, and staff friendly and helpful. Would like to stay longer to really enjoy the facilities. But: I...
12 Sep 2015
From US$111

10 Grand Mercure Azure Sea Whitsundays

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

8 Raintree Place Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Azure Sea takes the Whitsundays way of life to a whole new level of luxury and sophistication, where sand meets the sea and sea meets the sky as well as where you will enter the world of blue. ... More

First time in the area
Overall this place ticked all the boxes. The balcony had a stunning view of the ocean, the rooms were spacious and comfortable, and it was walking distance to the action on Main St. Only...
31 Aug 2015
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