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 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

Flametree, Whitsunday Area
From AU$139.00 - 159.00
BIG4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort is nestled in the Whitsunday's tropical rainforest of Conway National park. It offers a variety of accommodation options to suit every traveller's needs. Their two bedroom apartment can accommodate up to seven guests, whilst their studio apartments will sleep five.

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.

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.

at Marina Shores

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$225 - 600
Designed by renowned Ken Down Architects, Marina Shores Airlie Beach delivers unparalleled levels of liveability and accessibility. Marina Shores features a contemporary theme with gently curving forms ensuring wide frontages to complement its absolute waterfront setting.

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;

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.

Peppers Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$149.50 - 209.50
Located in Queensland’s famous Whitsundays, Peppers Airlie Beach offers majestic views over the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Passage. Featuring beautifully appointed One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments with breathtaking ocean views, wide breezy balconies and intelligent design to enhance the tropical lifestyle of North Queensland.

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.

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.

Mantra Boathouse Apartments

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$299 - 569
In the beautiful Airlie Beach, you will discover Mantra Boathouse Apartments. Located right along the waterfront you will be situated in the most perfect position to explore the Whitsunday’s and this diverse tropical pocket of Queensland.
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