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Airlie Beach - Things to do

Airlie Beach is a small coastal town in the state of Queensland, with around 1200 inhabitants. Airlie Beach is commonly known to be one of the gateways to the legendary Whitsunday Islands and the magical underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.


This northeastern settlement has a subtropical climate with moderately warm weather year-round. Airlie Beach really is an attractive destination throughout the year. Just keep in mind that February to April is the wettest months!


You can visit these tropical isles through a Whitsunday Islands Excursions, a day-long cruise to the archipelago that includes exciting activities like snorkelling, beach-hopping, and a bushwalk. If you’re interested in controlling your own boat, you can inquire for a sailing course as well from Airlie Beach or on the Whitsundays.


A boat is not the only way to see the famous Whitsundays. It’s also possible to board a seaplane, land right in front of a pristine beach, and enjoy a private picnic. You can truly live like kings and queens in Airlie Beach! 


Apart from cruising the bright blue ocean, there are plenty of things to do in Airlie Beach itself. The Honeyeater Lookout Trail provides you with a good excuse to stretch the legs, as it leads up to a stellar viewpoint with panoramic perspectives of Airlie Beach, the bays and lush hills.


Furthermore, you can enjoy a refreshing plunge in Airlie Beach Lagoon or go bar-hopping until the early hours in the humming area around Airlie Esplanade. Thanks to its location on the coast, Airlie Beach has plenty of restaurants that serve fresh seafood. Are you down for a shopping spree? Main Street is the place to be to stock up on beachwear and funky Ozzie souvenirs to bring home.


On the doorstep of Airlie Beach lies Conway National Park, a formidable reserve with long-stretched beaches, rainforests, and uninterrupted views of the Whitsunday Islands. There are heaps of bushwalks and camping grounds in the national park, which allows you to fall asleep to the sounds of the forests and spend the night under a starry sky.