Airlie Beach Top 10 Things to Do

Top 5 Things to do in The Whitsundays

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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. 

Before the Top 10, please see the Top 5 Things to do in the Whitsundays! Following this brief, see The First 5 Things to do and if you have more time and days in Airlie Beach The Next 5.

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 snorkeling 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 one day and is the leader for this experience.

#2 Heart Reef is best done by Helicopter with doors off and planes the next best option.

#4 Sailing so many options, day, overnight, bareboat, yachts and catamarans.

#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.

The Top 10 Things to do – first 5

1. Guided Walks, Eco Experiences, and Outdoor Adventures are hosted by Absolute Airlie. Gus & Alice offers 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 who 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 toddler pool, a shallow children’s pool and also a larger pool which has a maximum depth of 2 meters. 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

The Next 5

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 beachside 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 the 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.

1. Whitsunday Views | Couples Families | 2 Bedroom

2. Best Marina View | Romantic Getaway | Airlie Beach | Studio

3. Cosy Country Cottage | Rural | Parking + | 12 Beds

Other Accommodations

Some other top tips include Sea Star Apartments because of the amazing birds-eye views and Freedom Shores for the location and ambience, a boutique nautical style with history – Captains Choice!

Mantra Club Croc for all ages, and notably it was recently refurbished, close to shopping centre.

Airlie Beach Hotel for main street and all the buzz, the Whitsunday Terraces Resort for location and the recently refurbished or Whitsunday On the Beach right beside the lagoon.

Coral Sea Resort & Shingley Beach Resort both close to Coral Sea Marina, hence within walking distance.

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.