Top 5 Things to do in the Whitsundays
The Top 5 things to do in the Whitsundays:
1. Whitehaven Beach – the most famous beach in Australia after Bondi Beach!
2. Heart Reef – a reef in the shape of a heart, a flight is required!
3. Hill Inlet Lookout – the most photographed location in Queensland.
4. Sailing – you cant visit the Whitsundays without sailing!
5. Great Barrier Reef – the best snorkelling is “on the reef” around the islands are not comparable.
Whitehaven Xpress can offer you #1 Whitehaven Beach & #3 Hill Inlet Lookout as well as Hill Inlet Beach all in the one day and is the leader for this experience. #2 Heart Reef is best done by Helicopter with doors off, and plane the next best option. #4 Sailing so many options, day, overnight, bareboats, yachts and catamarans. Finally #5 Snorkel The Great Barrier Reef, if you want to be guaranteed great visibility and an abundance of fish and corals, we recommend Explore Group or Cruise Whitsundays.
Airlie Beach Top 10 Things to do!
Our Captains and Crew recommend the following attractions as our Airlie Beach Top 10 Things to Do. These suggestions are well worth considering during your visit to Airlie Beach! First of all, we do own and operate our very own Airlie Beach Tour to Whitehaven Beach, and have been doing so for 30 years now. However we would also like to recommend other Whitsunday day trips and activities to do in and around Airlie Beach. Therefore please see below – The First 5 Things to do and if you have more time and days in Airlie Beach The Next 5.
If you are seeking accommodation, see Airlie Beach – Tips for Accommodations below.
Some of our latest nights out dining are included also below – Airlie Beach Dining Guide.
The First 5
1. Guided Walks, Eco Experiences and Outdoor Adventures are hosted by Absolute Airlie. Gus & Alice offer a range of guided bushwalking tours around Airlie Beach.
2. The Bicentennial Walkway connects Airlie Beach to Cannonvale on a boardwalk along the coastline. Furthermore there are several Cafes and dining options. It is lit at night, and a joy for many locals and visitors whom take advantage of this wonderful walk. Maybe you will meet Capt Shane, Sharon and Rusty on their daily walk! Allow 1-4hrs if dining…
3. Airlie Beach Lagoon is free and open to everyone. The lagoon is chlorinated and located parallel to Airlie’s Main Street. It provides an environment that is completely safe all year round. Consequently, the lagoon includes a toddlers pool, a shallow children’s pool and also a larger pool which has a maximum depth of 2 metres. It is built on a raised breakwater, giving an excellent view out to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Lifeguards patrol the lagoon…… click here Google Maps location
4. Certainly the best sand in Airlie Beach. Boathaven Beach is walking distance from the main street. Most noteworthy – its a perfect location to watch boats departing the Port of Airlie. BYO everything! click here for Google Maps location
5. Whitsunday Jetski Tours is a Multi award winning exciting adventure tour in the Whitsundays. The only guided jetski tour operating from Coral Sea Marina… Click here for Whitsunday Jetski Tours
6. Whitsundays only Crocodile Tour. See estuarine crocodiles in the Wild in the Whitsundays. Certainly a Highly recommended tour during the Winter months. Click here for the Whitsunday Crocodile Safari.
7. Northerlies is a beautiful beach side venue just outside Airlie Beach. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Even more interesting than the food, is the outdoor areas! Pick up service available or self drive….. click here for Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill
8. Self Drive to Hydeaway Bay & Dingo Beach, which certainly lives up to there names. No crowds, easy to unwind! Capt Shane says its a must do if you have the time, but drive carefully – cattle are known to walk the roadside! Visit Montes for lunch at Gloucester and perhaps take snorkeling gear …….. Click here Montes Reef Resort
9. George’s Diner | Conway Beach – George’s Burger is worth the drive! Also make sure to ask a local if Cedar Creek Falls is flowing! The falls are on the way to Conway Beach. An excellent Self Drive option. Consider hiring a car from Gypsy Rentals, about an hour each way, best in the summer months or after rain! ……… Click here for Gypsy Car Rentals
10. Finally, Whitsunday Gold Coffee. Do you know about the Great Barrier Bean? Self Drive option when going out to Dingo perhaps? Click here for Whitsunday Gold Coffee
Airlie Beach – Tips for Accommodations
Secondly, our Airlie Beach Tips for accommodation which includes the Coral Sea Marina Resort, where the best Whitehaven Beach Tours departs from! Coral Sea Marina Resort is promoted as Airlie Beach’s venue to Stay, Play & Explore. Furthermore the precinct continues to see investment and enhancements.
Airlie Beach AirBnB’s
Tip, book one of these Airlie Beach AirBnB’s for some added value on-board your Whitehaven Beach Day Trip.
Mantra Club Croc for all ages, and notably it was recently refurbished, close to shopping centre.
All the Caravan Parks can be recommended, Big4 Adventure for families, Sea Breeze Tourist Park for proximity to supermarkets and eateries, Island Gateway Holiday Park for the tavern and bistro across the road, Big4 Tropical Eco resort for pet friendly.
Airlie Beach – Dining Guide
Paradiso – Jan ’20 – this place is new and was a fantastic breaky spot. Dinner same night up the stairs for tapas, nicely done. Live music at times.
KC’s Bar & Grill – main street, live music and probably the best atmosphere. Has been around for as long us Whitehaven Xpress! Try the croc and kanga plate.
Sushi Hi – main street, showpiece amazing aquarium encircled by the sushi boats, budget minded!
Fat Frog Cafe – for breakfast or brunch, a solid walk from Airlie Beach but a walk worth doing. Take your coffee to the beach shelters!
Northerlies – great place for lunch or early dinner. Complimentary Pick up service available. Owned by Freedom Shores.
La Tabella Trattoria – Best Italian tucker in town!
Harba Road Bar & Grill – Update Jan ’20 – different menu, different service, more affordable.
Anchor Bar – Finally, its the Service, from the owner operators through to the entire team, the Views, the Atmosphere, just a Must Do when in Airlie Beach. A 5 minute hike from the main street. Food presentation and taste is 10/10, and the Value is also 10/10! As a result of those scores – Highly Recommended. Take a towel for a quick dip!
Also see Capt Shane’s Top 10 Whitehaven Beach Tours.