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Airlie BeachAustralia

Enjoy picture-perfect water, lie on the soft white sand, or take a cruise around one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal beaches.

Airlie Beach is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays but with many scenic walks and beautiful beaches, it is also a great place to spend some time.

Wander along the beach and take in the scenery. This is one of Australia’s prettiest coastal areas, with crystal-clear blue-green waters, white sandy beaches, and tropical rain forests. Pack some lunch, stock up on water, and tackle the Great Whitsunday Walk. It goes for several miles but tracks are well-maintained and there are plenty of spots to rest and relax. For some of the most scenic walks in the area, head to Hill Inlet. You’re likely to see local wildlife and will get a stunning view of Whitehaven Beach from the hilltop.

Make your way back to town and cool off in the lagoon. This is Airlie’s main swimming area as large numbers of stinging jellyfish mean beaches are off limits during the warmer months.

Those out to better explore the area should rent out a jet ski or kayak and look around the area. Adventurers can go diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Local companies cater for pros and novices alike, and you’ll get to see some of the world’s most amazing marine creatures. Fishing fans will find some great spots on land or you can jump aboard a charter boat and head out to sea. Leisure seekers will find fully-catered yacht trips to destinations all around the region.

Airlie Beach is a tropical destination with a lovely, local atmosphere. Walk around and admire the stunning scenery, cruise out to the Reef, or find yourself a comfy patch of sand and relax.

Top Hotels in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Hotel
Airlie Beach Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Corner The Esplanade and Coconut Grove, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is ¥10,274 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Airlie Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Port of Airlie and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (644 reviews)

"Excellent size rooms with a great virw in an awesome location"…"

Reviewed on Jan 9, 2021

Airlie Beach Hotel
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Colonial Palms Motor Inn
3.5 out of 5
2 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is ¥10,545 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

Located in the heart of Airlie Beach, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach Market are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (775 reviews)
Great Value, Friendly Motor Inn

"We overnighted here. The rooms are clean and comfortable with a balcony looking over towards Port of Airlie. It is only a short walk (or taxi ride) into town. The included continental breakfast has a good variety of items and is taken in the restaurant with ocean views. The owners and staff are very ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Colonial Palms Motor Inn
Coral Sea Marina Resort
Coral Sea Marina Resort
4 out of 5
25 Oceanview Avenue, Airlie Beach, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥19,272 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

This family-friendly Airlie Beach hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Airlie Beach Lagoon, Airlie Beach Market, and Port of Airlie. Conway ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (960 reviews)

"Pool and views were great Nice place to see and enjoy"…"

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2020

Coral Sea Marina Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Airlie Beach

at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments
at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
1 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is ¥12,727 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

This family-friendly Airlie Beach aparthotel is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. Cannonvale Beach and Shute ...

3.9/5Good! (674 reviews)

"Great location, good communication, friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2020

at Whitsunday Vista Holiday Apartments
Peninsula Airlie Beach
Peninsula Airlie Beach
5 out of 5
144 Shingley Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD

Offering direct access to the beach, this Airlie Beach apartment building is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Shingley Beach and Airlie Beach Lagoon. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (135 reviews)

"The property had an amazing view. Bed was comfy. Lovely board walk next to property"…"

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2020

Peninsula Airlie Beach
at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments
at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments
4 out of 5
440 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, QLD
The price is ¥10,836 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Offering direct access to the beach, this Airlie Beach apartment building is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Airlie and Airlie Beach Lagoon. ...

4/5Very Good! (492 reviews)

"Close to Port of Airlie. Can walk to the port and catch boats to nearby islands."…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

at Boathaven Bay Holiday Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Airlie Beach

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5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 12, 2019

Loved Airlie Beach. Look forward to returning one day

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 8, 2019

Great base,great pubs, relaxing atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

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Jul 19, 2019

Airlie Beach is a typical Australian , Beach Resort tourist town . It has good access to the Whitsunday islands and many boating and tourist options

3/5 - Okay

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Apr 25, 2019

The town can be a bit too crowded and pretty much caters to the "traveler" but overall, it's fine.

5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 23, 2019

Airlie Beach was quaint and I enjoyed our stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 12, 2019

It was better than expected after seeing the online pics. Very charming and quaint beach town. The lagoon was a nice surprise.

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