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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BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$39 - 650
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is truly 'Paradise found'. The region's most awarded resort holiday park, it's proudly famous for top quality accommodation from budget to spare no expense, for amazing facilities including a 13 slide waterpark, a multi purpose function room The Palm House, activities and for their incredibly helpful, infectiously happy and caring staff.

Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$205 - 350
At the Airlie Beach Hotel you are at the epicentre of Airlie Beach with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsunday Islands and their many attractions. The Airlie Beach Hotel offers majestic island and ocean views on one side and the main street of Airlie Beach on the other.

Island Gateway Holiday Park

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$30 - 210
At Island Gateway Holiday Park in Airlie Beach Whitsundays you'll discover the wide range of accommodation styles to suit all types of holiday experiences. From camp sites and camp-o-tels, to Deluxe Spa and Tropical Villas, you will find the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing around the beautiful Whitsundays and Airlie Beach.

Coral Sea Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$285 - 580
Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach resort village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes;

Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$150 - 170
Whitsunday Waterfront Apartments are located on the beachfront in a quiet, peaceful area of the spectacular Whitsunday Coast. The self-contained two bedroom or studio units are clean, comfortable, spacious and affordable and you can relax on your own private balcony overlooking the park or the Coral Sea.

Mirage Whitsundays

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$350 - 1800
Nestled on the spectacular shores of Airlie Beach in sub-tropical North Queensland, Mirage Whitsundays is a world class development with a world heritage address. Providing luxurious contemporary living, including one, two and three bedroom apartments, two storey villas, three storey townhouses and four bedroom penthouses all with unprecedented proximity to the water and uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.

Shingley Beach Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$125 - 450
Shingley Beach Resort offers a variety of affordable self-contained accommodation overlooking the Abell Point 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.

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.

Mediterranean Resorts

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$150 - 620
Mediterranean Resorts have a selection of one, two and three bedroom villas and Penthouses centrally located to the charm and style of Airlie Beach. These affordable apartments are suitable for all visitors to the Whitsundays including family groups and friends travelling together.

Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
From AU$29 - 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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