Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is at the heart of the Whitsundays mainland and the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. It’s a vibrant coastal nook where everyone feels like they’re on holidays 24-7.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Feel the sand between your toes at Cannonvale, Shingley, Airlie or Boathaven Beaches or meander along the Bicentennial Boardwalks. You can step it up with hiking or mountain biking in Conway National Park, including the Conway Circuit.

Try stand-up-paddleboarding or pick up the pace and hop on board a jet-ski tour. Back on land, jump on a Segway or bike and ride along the water front.

Looking to get wet? Board a day trip, overnight cruise or private charter to the Whitsunday Islands from Abell Point Marina, the Port of Airlie or Shute Harbour. And, within minutes you’ll be snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef.

Prefer to stay on the mainland? Hire a car and explore inland to discover the flowing waters of Cedar Creek Falls.

Where to stay

From backpacker and budget hostels to luxury five-star resorts, you’ll be able to find the right place to call home during your stay in Airlie Beach. Show me more accommodation options.

How to get there

Proserpine Airport

Fly with major commercial airlines like Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tiger Air to Proserpine Airport, just a 10-minute drive from the township of Proserpine and a 30-minute drive from Airlie Beach.

Proserpine Airport receives direct flights from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. So, getting to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays Coast couldn’t be any easier.

Drive from Cairns

Prefer a road trip? Drive south from Cairns and through Townsville and smaller coastal towns. It’s a 7.5-hour drive, but the coastal scenery is absolutely stunning along the Pacific Coast way.

Plan your holiday

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Pinnacles Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$260 - 750
Pinnacles Resort is the ultimate luxury self-contained accommodation situated in Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Pinnacles will simply indulge your senses from every view point, with 29 stylish tropical uniquely designed and tastefully decorated one, two and three bedroom self-contained apartments.

Palm Bay Resort

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
From AU$229 - 600
Palm Bay Resort is a beautiful boutique resort nestled in the neck of Long Island, one of the stunning islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With their very own secluded private cove Palm Bay offers spacious Balinese inspired villas with extensive views to the Whitsunday passage and Coral Sea.

Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$200 - 500
Heart Hotel and Gallery Whitsundays, opened November 2016, is destined to become an iconic landmark in luxury, boutique, upscale hotel accommodation in the Whitsundays. Hunt Design Architects have captured the essence of a tropical Queenslander with an impeccable design that is elegant and timeless.

Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$32 - 195
Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach (formally known as BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort and Caravan Park) is your gateway to the enchanting white sands of the Whitsunday Islands.  In a protected amphitheatre alongside the rainforest of Conway National Park, Discovery Parks - Airlie Beach is set against a tranquil, tropical paradise.

Mantra Club Croc

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$96 - 195
Your holiday begins the minute you arrive at Mantra Club Croc. Drenched in tropical ambience, the hotel offers everything you need in your Airlie Beach accommodation with a great range of facilities. Boasting 160 rooms, guests will enjoy free limited wireless internet in public areas, 24 hour reception, complimentary car parking, sparkling lagoon pool and spa, nearby barbecue facilities and a gymnasium.

Toscana Village Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$195 - 450
Looking for good value accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach, Whitsundays? Ideally situated 200 metres above the heart of Airlie Beach, Toscana Village Resort is a Tuscan styled retreat catering mainly to families and couples who prefer a quieter atmosphere.

BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Flametree, Whitsunday Area
From AU$139.00 - 250.00
BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is nestled in the Whitsunday's tropical rainforest of Conway National park. Brand new (April 2019) two bedroom Eco Lodges will comfortably accommodate four to six guests and are tastefully designed and decorated to enhance the nature beauty of the Conway National Park.

Shingley Beach Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$145 - 450
Shingley Beach Resort offers a variety of affordable self-contained accommodation overlooking the Coral Sea Marina, Pioneer Bay and Whitsunday Islands. Located less than 50 metres from the waterfront, adjacent to Abel Point Marina and nestled in a natural amphitheatre of trees, parkland and beaches.

Airlie Beach Magnums Backpackers

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$28 - 65
Magnums is a tropical oasis in the middle of Airlie Beach. Relax in their beautiful settings or take the short stroll to the famous Airlie Beach Lagoon, Abel Point Marina or Port of Airlie. Magnums is an "over 18 years only" budget holiday retreat in the heart of the beautiful Whitsundays.

Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$32 - 150
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat is located on an immense property and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. They offer a wide range of facilities that caters superbly to both the overnight traveller and the short term resident.
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