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10 Things to do in Airlie Beach in 2024

With the allure of crystal-clear waters, pristine white sands, the Great Barrier Reef, and hiking in lush rainforest, Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays stand as a beacon of tropical beauty and adventure.

Here’s a glimpse into the paradise that awaits you and 10 things to do in Airlie Beach to make the most out of your trip.

Whitehaven Beach & Hill Inlet

Hill Inlet
The famous Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach

Discover the epitome of tropical paradise with a visit to the world-famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.

Embark on a hike or guided tour to Hill Inlet for breathtaking views of the mesmerising natural mosaic created by turquoise water and shifting white silica sands. Marvel at the panoramic views and snap photos of this iconic destination. Whitehaven Beach is not just a destination; it's a postcard-worthy experience that will etch itself into the memories of any traveller.

Experience a luxurious, scenic cruise through the beautiful Whitsunday Islands to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet on SeaLink’s Big Island Day Tour. Cruise in air-conditioned comfort and admire 360-degree views from the rooftop deck on this one-of-a-kind experience that takes you to places that no other Whitsundays Island tour does.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Airlie Beach Lagoon (Photo credit: Tourism Whitsundays)

Nestled at the heart of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Lagoon is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a refreshing alternative to the salty sea. With crystal-clear waters, sandy shores and views of the Coral Sea and the Whitsundays, this man-made lagoon is a family friendly environment that is safe from stingers and an ideal spot for a leisurely swim or a relaxing sunbathing session.

Airlie Beach Markets

Airlie Beach Markets
Airlie Beach Markets (Photo credit: Tourism Whitsundays)

For those with a penchant for exploring local culture and picking up unique souvenirs, Airlie Beach Markets are a treasure trove of handmade crafts, artisanal products, and locally produced artworks. Held every Saturday morning on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, the markets offer a delightful shopping experience in the vibrant local arts and crafts scene, and an opportunity to pick up one-of-a-kind mementos to cherish.

Discover the Outer Reef

Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef

Embark on an unforgettable journey to the outer reefs, where the world-famous Great Barrier Reef awaits.

The Whitsundays is the ideal location to discover the spectacular underwater world of diverse corals and marine life. Guided tours from Airlie Beach will immerse you in this natural wonder as you swim, snorkel or dive among the reef's breathtaking beauty.

Experience the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Red Cat Adventures on Outer Reef Snorkel Adventure. Explore a variety of pristine dive sites and reconnect with nature on this all-inclusive small group snorkeling eco-adventure.

Hiking in Conway National Park

Conway National Park
Conway National Park (Photo credit: Tourism Whitsundays)

Airlie Beach is not just a coastal haven; nature enthusiasts can lace up their hiking boots and explore the rainforest on the scenic trails of Conway National Park.

Just a short drive from Airlie Beach, this national park is home to a network of trails, suitable for various fitness levels, that lead to breathtaking lookouts, beautiful ocean views, and secluded hidden beaches.

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls, Conway National Park

Nestled in Conway National Park, Cedar Creek Falls is a hidden gem within the rainforest. Accessible via a scenic bushwalk, the spectacular waterfall and natural waterholes are a popular spot for locals and visitors to swim in the hinterland.

Whether you're seeking a refreshing dip to escape the tropical heat or a serene spot to reconnect with nature, Cedar Creek Falls delivers an unforgettable experience and is a must-visit destination for the Whitsundays.

Experience the falls with Red Cat Adventures Falls to Paradise, an all-inclusive tour exploring Cedar Creek Falls where guests can swim in the clear, natural rockpools at waterfalls, and relax over lunch at the iconic Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill while overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Whitsundays Islands.

Bicentennial Boardwalk

Airlie Beach Bicentennial Walkway (Photo credit: Tourism Whitsundays)

Immerse yourself in the laid-back charm of Airlie Beach by strolling along the coastal boardwalk.

Stretching from Airlie Beach’s lagoon to Cannonvale Beach, this scenic walk offers breathtaking views of the Coral Sea and the surrounding islands. The boardwalk is dotted with parks, cafes, and viewpoints, providing ample opportunities to relax, take in the scenery, and capture the essence of this coastal paradise.

Oceanfront Dining

Fish D'Vine Restaurant & Rum Bar (Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland)

The vibrant town of Airlie Beach boasts a diverse culinary scene, offering everything from fresh seafood to international cuisine. With dining experiences on offer for everyone, and plenty of options for children, Airlie Beach cafes and restaurants offer innovative menus that suit the tropical lifestyle.

Fish D'Vine Restaurant & Rum Bar, a beloved Airlie Beach gem, delights locals and visitors alike with its fresh seafood and welcoming atmosphere, making it a must-visit culinary destination.

Thrilling Jetski Adventures

Whitsunday Jetski Tours

Jet skiing in the Whitsundays offers an exhilarating adventure for those seeking thrills in Airlie Beach. Race across turquoise waters, explore hidden coves, and discover pristine beaches on jetski tours that promise an unforgettable way to experience the stunning beauty of the Whitsundays.

Whitsundays Jetski Tours offers guests a unique and thrilling experience riding the latest Sea-Doo jet skis into the world-heritage Whitsundays Island Marine Park on three unforgettable guided adventure tours.

Heart Reef

Heart Reef, Whitsundays
Heart Reef, Whitsundays

A scenic flight over the iconic Heart Reef is a must-do while in Airlie Beach. Experience the natural wonder, shaped like a heart, taking in the breathtaking views and the surrounding coral formations.

Many tour operators offer helicopter or seaplane rides, providing an unforgettable experience for couples or those celebrating a special occasion.

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