The Ultimate Guide to Airlie Beach

Welcome to the tropical paradise of Airlie Beach, nestled in the heart of the stunning Whitsundays! Known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, breathtaking coral reefs, and lush rainforests, Airlie Beach is a dream destination for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and relaxation aficionados alike. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant marine life of the Great Barrier Reef, the exhilarating sailing experiences, or the vibrant local culture, this coastal gem offers an array of activities that promise an unforgettable escape in the Whitsundays.

Here’s a list of all our favourite things to do around Airlie – on land and on the water!


  • Head to Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill for a bite to eat & a few cocktails 😉
  • Cedar Creek Falls
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon
  • Honeyeater Trail – 2hr roundtrip – moderate/difficult ability
  • Coral beach walking track – 1.1km roundtrip – easy ability
  • Board Walk – Cannonvale Beach to Airlie Lagoon – 45 min – easy!
  • See it all with Driftwood Tours! A land-base tour group showing you all the local hot spot
  • Bike & Hike Tours


  • Explore the beach, lawn games & kids meals at Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill
  • Whitsunday Gold Coffee Farm – 20 min drive
  • Proserpine Water Park – 25 minute drive
  • Big4 Adventure Park Day Pass – Mandalay – 30 min drive
  • Saturday Markets – 15 minute drive – 7am – 1pm
  • Crocodile Tours & Bredl’s Wild Farm
  • Segway Tours


  • Boathaven Beach in Airlie (netted)
  • Dingo Beach – 1hr drive from Airlie
  • Hideaway Bay – 1 hr drive from Airlie
  • Horseshoe Bay, Bowen – 1hr drive (great swimming)


  • Day Tours with Ocean Rafting, Red Cat, Pioneer Adventures or Zig Zag – Snorkeling & Whitehaven Beach Tours
  • Sealink Whitehaven Beach Tours (aircon boat!)
  • See the reef at Reef World with Cruise Whitsundays
  • Scenic flights – GSL, Ocean Rafting
  • Sunset Tour with Sundowner Cruises
  • Fishing Charters
  • Find a sailing experience with Sailing Whitsundays

Whether you’re embarking on heart-pounding water sports, exploring lush rainforests, or simply unwinding on the beach, Airlie Beach has it all. Don’t miss a trip out to Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill for good food, incredible cocktails & weekend live music – all right on the beach! See you soon.