Airlie Beach

Annual Race Week - Photo and text courtesy of Tourism QLD

Airlie Beach is a true Resort-town in its own right and is situated right on the coast, 24 kilometres from Proserpine. With the only marina on this part of the Queensland Coast and the multi-million dollar developments of hotels, restaurants, bars,nightclubs and retail facilities, Airlie Beach is a thriving hub of activity.

All styles of accommodation from backpackers to bed and breakfasts, 5 star hotels to serviced apartments, rise from the beach and into the lush green hills beyond, and the newly developed Airlie Beach Lagoon provides safe, clean, year-round swimming for all of Airlie's visitors and residents.

During the day life revolves around the marina, the shopping and the lagoon, and at night the bars, restaurants and nightclubs come to life. Markets are held Saturday mornings along the Airlie Beach esplanade.

Airlie can be used as a hub to explore the magical Whitsundays with day trips that offer sailing, trips to the outer Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling and coral viewing, fishing, rainforest walks, visits to a wildlife park, a chance to explore uninhabitated and resort islands, scenic flights and diving. Airlie Beach has something to cater for everyone.

Overnight crewed sailing trips through the islands, and the largest Bareboat Charter Fleet in the world also operate from here giving you the chance to skipper your own boat. National Parks and Wildlife Service covers 74 islands and 50,000 hectares on the mainland.

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Pioneer Bay beach - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Sailing - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD
Pioneer Bay sunset - Photo courtesy of Tourism QLD

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Plenty of (sailing) boats cruising through the Whitsundays, both day boats and live-aboards.

Getting There

23 km off Bruce Highway.
Nearest Airport: Proserpine, Whitsunday Coast

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