Airlie Beach, Australia

Airlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Archipelago. These 74 islands feature pristine fringing reefs, calm, lagoon-like waters, and superb beaches. The archipelago is one of Australia's premier playgrounds.

The Whitsundays were once mountains. Rising seas at the end of the Ice Age formed the Whitsunday Passage between the islands and the mainland.

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Points of Interest

  • Great Barrier Reef - Outer Reef
  • Whitsunday Island - Cruises
  • Australian Heritage Tallship
  • Proserpine River & Crocodile
  • Airlie Beach's picturesque Pioneer Bay
  • Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation
  • Snorkeling
  • Segway

More about Airlie Beach, Australia Points of Interest

  • Great Barrier Reef - Outer Reef

    The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's stunning wonders. Half the size of Texas, it can be seen from outer space, and boasts 2,900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral keys.

  • Whitsunday Island - Cruises

    The Whitsunday Passage is home to many pretty islands. Cruise past secluded beaches and coves, discovering magnificent marine life and corals, as you explore either Black Island or Hook Island.

  • Australian Heritage Tallship

    The majestic Derwent Hunter, a 90-foot topsail schooner. Handcrafted in 1946 out of some of the best ship building timbers in the world, the eye-catching sailing vessel is renowned not just for its good looks but for its contribution to marine park research projects.

  • Proserpine River & Crocodile

    The Proserpine River is a unique eco-system boasting wetlands and mangroves, which are home to many species of birds, mammals and over 150 estuarine crocodiles, known locally as 'salties'.

  • Airlie Beach's picturesque Pioneer Bay

    See the best of Airlie from the water, multi-million dollar mansions, native wild life & even a ship wreck!

  • Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation

    The coffee industry in the Whitsunday Islands flourished in the late 1880's and remains the number one drink. The Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation now farms 35 hectares of premium Arabica coffee.

  • Snorkeling

    Put on your mask and get up close and personal with Northern Australia's diverse sea life, including giant graceful stingrays, familiar-looking orange and white clownfish and unusual sea cucumbers.

  • Segway

    Sightseeing on two wheels is a fun and unique way to explore the beautiful beaches, dramatic coastline and incredible scenery of Whitsunday Island.

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Easy Airlie Beach

2 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 2 0 0

Get acquainted with the colorful sights and sounds of Airlie Beach during this leisurely introductory tour. Enjoy a photo stop at a scenic vantage point at Cannonvale Beach, shop for souvenirs in the center of town or opt to take a dip in the beach or the man-made lagoon.

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AUD$39.95

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Airlie Aqua Duck

1.1 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 2 4 5

Explore Airlie Beach by land and sea from aboard the Aqua Duck, a large amphibious vehicle. Travel down the main street of this tropical paradise lined with resorts and shops then sit back and relax as the duck takes to the water and cruises past lush rainforests, resorts and palm-lined beaches.

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AUD$69.95

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Glass-bottom Boat

1.75 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 2 0

Witness the wonders down under Shute Harbour aboard a glass bottom boat. Keep your eyes open during this relaxing cruise and you may spot creatures great and small like sea turtles, sting rays, a kaleidoscope of tropical fish and hard and soft corals.

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AUD$94.95

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Airlie Beach Segway Adventure

1.75 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 7 0
  • Segway

Hop aboard an eco-friendly Segway® and see Airlie Beach like you've never seen it before. Take in the picturesque views of this charming town as you roll down Bicentennial Boardwalk along the water's edge to Shingley Beach overlooking Pioneer Bay.

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AUD$129.95

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Sea Kayaking

3.75 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 8 0

Bypass the beaten path and take to the water on a sea kayak safari. Paddle to the nearby islands of Tancred, Repair and Shute and stop for a swim or a snorkel at White Rock Reef. Kick back and relax with a tropical snack before kayaking back to Shute Harbour.

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AUD$149.95

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Best of Airlie Beach in a Day

6 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 2 2 0
  • Airlie Beach's picturesque Pioneer Bay

Experience the best Airlie Beach has to offer with a tour that offers a little bit of everything you're looking for on vacation. Shop for souvenirs, sightsee, learn Airlie Beach history, take a rainforest walk in Conway National Park and view the Proserpine River, home of the salt water crocodile.

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AUD$159.95

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Tropical Rainforest Adventure

5.5 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 4 0 0

Lace up your hiking shoes and join experienced bush guides on an expedition into the heart of Conway National Park. Walk through the lush rainforest and behold panoramic outlooks over the scenic Whitsundays. Cool off with a dip in the pool of Cedar Falls then head to a diner for lunch.

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Jet Boat - Bay Blast

1.25 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 1 0
  • Airlie Beach's picturesque Pioneer Bay

You'll scream and squeal when this jet boat begins to zigzag, spin, slide, perform fish-tails and a number of thrilling 360s in magnificent Pioneer Bay. Crammed full of adrenaline pumping action, you'll zoom over the water, past multi-million dollar mansions, and you may encounter turtles, dugongs and rays.

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Proserpine River & Crocodile Cruise

7 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 2 4 0
  • Proserpine River & Crocodile

Discover the beauty of Australia on this breathtaking nature cruise along the Proserpine River, which is home to more than 150 estuarine crocodiles. Then take a trip along the wetlands on a tractor-drawn wagon before enjoying a cup of traditional Billy tea, and an Aussie-style barbeque.

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AUD$189.95

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From Beach to Bowen

6.5 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 1 1 5

Take in the history and beauty of the Whitsunday Coast as you journey from Airlie Beach to the quaint farming community of Bowen. Visit an old cinema and sugar cane farm, take photos at the lookout, enjoy a beach walk and pause for a delicious seafood lunch.

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AUD$209.95

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Whitehaven Beach

5.5 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 9 0

Sail off into the horizon aboard a high-speed catamaran and play explorer (or castaway) at Whitehaven Beach. Renowned as the "Best Beach" in the South Pacific, this sun-drenched fantasy island excursion offers aqua blue waters, snow white sand, total relaxation and a delicious tropical buffet and drinks.

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AUD$229.95

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Cruise to Palm Bay Resort, Long Island

6 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 1 5 0

Escape to the refuge of Palm Bay Resort on Long Island for a little R-and-R that includes something for everyone in the family. Take a quick dip in the swimming pool, explore the bay by kayak, snorkel from the beach, go for a hike or just sit back and relax.

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Exhilarating Whitehaven Expedition

4.5 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 0 5

Play Robinson Crusoe with a half-day sojourn to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. This totally uninhabited isle is ideal for swimming in its aquamarine waters, checking out the panoramic views from atop Tongue Point and having lunch on the pristine beach while surrounded by Mother Nature's unspoiled beauty.

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AUD$239.95

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Ocean Rafting Marine Safari

4 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 7 4 0
  • Whitsunday Island - Cruises
  • Snorkeling

Get off the grid for a snorkel dive into the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. A high-speed motor-raft takes you through the Whitsunday Passage and drops anchor at either Black or Hook Island, two popular snorkel sites. Enjoy the amazing coral and marine life such as green turtles.

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AUD$259.95

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Jet Ski Safari

3.5 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 5 0 0

Zip around Airlie's postcard-perfect waters on a Sea-Doos jet ski. Your 90-minute adventure takes you through the Whitsundays with possible sightings of sea turtles, dugongs and sea birds. This ultimate fun machine is built for two so you can invite a friend to join in the fun.

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Discover Hamilton Island

7 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 2 1 5

Make a splash on Hamilton Island! Enjoy time on your own to swim, snorkel or hire a kayak or catamaran. Landlubbers can shop, play a round of mini-golf, stroll along the beach and soak up the sun. A lunch voucher for delicious fish and chips adds to the day's fun.

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AUD$269.95

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Reef and Island Scenic flight

2.75 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 1 2 5

Fly high over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, two of Australia's crown jewels. The views just get better as you head towards the white silica sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. Best appreciated from the air, your flight includes two passes of these magnificent natural landmarks.

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The Great Barrier Reef Experience

8 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 1 0 0
  • Great Barrier Reef - Outer Reef

Cruise through the open waters that surround the beautiful Whitsunday Islands to Reefworld at Hardy Reef. Once it drops anchor at the reef's pontoon, you have the option to catch the sun's rays on the deck, swim, or view marine life from an underwater chamber without getting wet.

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Scenic Sailing

7.5 hours | Airlie Beach | W S Y - 1 5 5
  • Great Barrier Reef - Outer Reef
  • Snorkeling

Soak up the magic of the Whitsundays from the deck of a rare classic Australian yacht.

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AUD$329.95

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