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.
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.
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.
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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Airlie Beach Highlights
2 hours | Airlie Beach | WSY-200
Jump aboard a coach and take a quick look at the highlights around the tropical town of Airlie Beach, the hub of the Whitsunday region. From the Port of Airlie head to Cannonvale beach a tranquil beachfront suburb to snap a couple of photos at a scenic vantage point. Then its off to the Shute Harbour lookout for more amazing views over the tranquil Whitsunday waters before venturing into the heart of Airlie Beach township. Disembark the coach in the centre of town and from here you can make your way to the Airlie beach markets for souvenir shopping or to the beach front or lagoon for a dip in the water to cool off. Guests not wanting to disembark can return straight back to the pier. Those guests who disembark have the option to take either a shuttle bus or a short walk back to the pier later in the day at their leisure.
All aboard the Aqua Duck, a large amphibious vehicle for a fun and hilarious adventure diving into the beautiful warm waters of the Whitsundays. What an excellent way to tour Airlie Beach and take in the tropical sights on land and on water – all in just 70 minutes. Begin the day by departing from the pier onboard the Aqua Duck and tour Airlie Beach by road. You will travel down the main street of this tropical paradise lined with resorts and shops. Next, experience the excitement, fun and thrill as the Duck shifts from bus to boat and launches into the Airlie Beach waters. Sit back and relax as you cruise the coast, soaking up the tropical sights. Marvel at the lush rainforests, resorts and palm-lined beaches. Make your way towards the harbour and have fun spotting all the magnificent sailing vessels docked in its calm waters. Be sure to bring your camera as there will be several spectacular photo opportunities to be had. This is a fantastic adventure for the whole family and a great way to discover magnificent Airlie Beach.
Enjoy a 105 minute sightseeing tour of Whitsunday on a two-wheeler Segway. Don't worry, an experienced tour guide will take you through a step-by-step, comprehensive and personalized lesson on the operational and safety aspects before setting out on Bicentennial Boardwalk. Just a little over two miles long, the boardwalk meanders between the lagoon in Airlie Beach and the parklands at Cannonvale Beach. Soak up the breathtaking view as you glide to Shingley Beach, one of Whitsunday's most popular parks. You'll pause for a rest along the way and have a chance to snap some photos. Then, hop back on your Segway and return along the Bicentennial Boardwalk back to Airlie Beach foreshore.
See the best that Airlie Beach has to offer! Start your day at the local markets with a chance to grab a coffee and buy some local souvenirs. Back on board your coach take a trip through the township where you'll see the sights and hear the history from a friendly local guide. Make your way to a scenic lookout to take stunning photos of Airlie beach township, Whitsunday islands & coral sea. Head to Shute harbour for a 1.5 hour rainforest walk in the Conway National Park. Enjoy a BBQ lunch with gourmet sausage & fresh salad before heading out of town. You will drive past local sugar mill and Whitsunday Coffee Plantation, learn about how coffee is grown and produced. You will then head to the Proserpine River and Wetlands, home of the some of the Australian Wildlife, the Salt Water Crocodile, Barramundi, Mud Crabs and many types of Bird life. Your experienced guide will tell you about one of the oldest living cultures in the World that lived in the area for 70,000 years, their Bush Tuck and Medicine and their way of life.
Your day trip into the Aussie bush starts with a short boat trip to Port of Airlie, where you will board your bus for an enjoyable journey to Proserpine, and the heart of sugar cane country. Your destination, via the charming city of Cannonvale, is the estuary and wetlands of the Proserpine River, home to many fascinating species of birds, mammals and over 150 estuarine crocodiles, known locally as 'salties'. Board your sightseeing boat for a scenic cruise through the mangroves, where accompanied by your friendly guide, you will learn more about this unique ecosystem. Then enjoy a unique tractor-pulled wagon ride through the Goorganga wetlands. Afterwards, sip a traditional Billy tea accompanied by freshly cooked damper, Australia's Bush bread. For lunch, savor a delicious Aussie-style barbecue of meats and salads, eaten under a covered campsite.
If your idea of paradise is stretching out on an endless stretch of beach and diving into a cerulean blue sea then this half-day tour is for you. Sail away to Whitehaven Beach aboard a catamaran and enjoy two hours of free time to yourself. Your captain will cruise past a number of Whitsunday islands for a breathtaking 60 minutes before landing at the world famous Whitehaven Beach. Descend a set of 12 steps into the shallow waters to access the beach. You will get your feet and ankles wet as you make your way onto the gorgeous beach. When hunger calls, you'll leave your idyllic surroundings behind and return to the ship for a hearty lunch & drinks before returning to port.
Take a thrilling boat ride to one of the Whitsundays' most iconic locations, Whitehaven Beach. Stretching over seven kilometres, it's famous for its unspoiled, crystal-clear waters and pure, white-silica sand.
This super exciting half-day excursion starts with a short transfer to nearby Port of Airlie, where you will meet your skipper and board your high-speed motor-raft. Take a fast, exhilarating ride through the stunning Whitsunday Passage, to either Black Island or Hook Island, accompanied by your friendly guide. The reef, which can be seen from outer space, boasts 2,900 individual reefs and 300 coral keys, and is half the size of Texas. As educational as it is fun, your eco-guide can tell you more about the reef's marine life, encouraging you to keep your eyes peeled for sea turtles. For those hungry for a taste of adventure, receive basic snorkel instruction before joining a guided snorkel along this spectacular reef. Then it's up to you to decide what to do next - either swim in the turquoise ocean, relax on the white-sandy beach.
Sail back in time aboard a majestic topsail schooner. Your day of fun in the sun includes snorkeling (gear's included) and swimming. Help the crew hoist up the sails as the ship heads to sea or gaze out at the horizon. Enjoy tea while the crew regales you with historical anecdotes about the ship, the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Soon, the ship will visit a fringing reef. Snorkelers may wish to grab their gear and dive into the warm, azure waters filled with brightly colored fish, turtles and coral. By now you've probably worked up an appetite so when hunger calls you'll climb back aboard the ship for a delicious, fresh buffet lunch. Next, hoist the sails again for your return trip to the pier.
Discover natural and manmade wonderlands on the latest Sea-Doos on this exciting tour. Jet ski for approximately 30 kilometres (about 1.5 fun-filled hours) with informative and entertaining guided commentary. You may meet local sea turtles, dugongs or sea birds.
Explore the Whitsunday Coast from the Beach to Bowen taking in Airlie Beach, Proserpine to Bowen. Visit an old cinema and sugar cane farm, take photos at the lookout and enjoy a beach walk. Learn interesting facts and stories about the region from informative commentary and meeting the locals. Delicious seafood lunch is also served during the tour.
Get away from the crowds and explore the mesmerising Whitsunday Islands. This unique part of Australia is an exotic and breathtakingly beautiful destination that showcases Mother Nature at her absolute best. With return transfers to Long Island and a scenic cruise through the beautiful Whitsunday islands, including Daydream Island and the Molle group of islands you can tick this beautiful destination off your bucket list.
Your adventure starts when you board your high speed catamaran for a two hour cruise through open waters that surround the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. The reef can be seen from outer space and boasts 2,900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands and 300 coral keys. Accompanied by a marine biologist, journey to Hardy Reef, a fantastical underwater paradise, which is home to over 200 different types of fish, and 150 types of hard and soft coral. Board the Reef pontoon, where activities include a sun deck, swimming and snorkelling and an underwater observatory where you can view the coral and marine life. For an additional charge, snorkel around the reef with a guide. Certified and introductory scuba dives are also available for an additional cost. Browse the small gift shop for underwater cameras, sarongs and souvenirs.