Airlie Beach, an Australian seaside town in Queensland

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays, Queensland’s pristine 74 islands. It is a cosmopolitan seaside town dotted with swaying palms, waterfront parks and alfresco dining restaurants.

It is the epitome of a beach town; you’ll instantly feel the carefree and relaxed attitude emanating from every space.

Relax on the manicured lawns of Airlie Beach Lagoon, a manmade saltwater swimming area surrounded by sand and grassy knolls, where backpackers and travellers lounge away the day in the sun.

Visit beachside parks where afternoon barbecues proliferate and continue into the evening hours. Or enjoy alfresco dining restaurants where fresh seafood overflows from every dish.

But once the sun sets, another ambiance embraces the town. You’ll find a thriving energy exuding from the bars and nightclubs where backpackers and travellers party together well into the night. This energy is both contagious and irresistible, and often encourages travellers to stay longer than first expected.

Airlie Beach, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia

Airlie Beach is surrounded by several small communities: Bowen to the north, Shute Harbour to the west and Abel Point Marina to the east. Bowen is renowned for its impeccable beaches, while Shute Harbour is the departure point for the island ferries and Abel Point Marina is home to many of the cruising yachts.

The drive between the beachfront communities winds along a jagged coastline with breathtaking views to the distant Whitsunday islands. Rent a scooter and take a picnic lunch to enjoy the picturesque scenery and fully appreciate the beauty of this area.

The community thrive on annual events with several throughout the year, including the Whitsunday Reef Festival in August, Airlie Beach Race Week, Great Whitsunday Fun Race, Hamilton Island Race Week in September and the Airlie Beach Music Festival in November.

Every Saturday, a market is set up on the Airlie Beach foreshore with fresh food stalls including local mangoes and bananas and a variety of arts, crafts, homewares and breakfast options.

With all that the town has to offer, you’ll soon see why it is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Easily accessible and only a 30 minute drive from Proserpine Airport.

Tours departing from Airlie Beach

Panorama Tour

Experience it all on the Panorama.

Reef Adventure

Visit our private coral lagoon.

Panorama Express

See the reef and visit Whitehaven.

Reef and Whitehaven Scenic

See it all from seaplane comfort.

Whitehaven Experience

Visit world famous Whitehaven Beach.

Palm Bay Escape

Visit a tropical island for the day.