Yachties and families alike agree that Airlie Beach is ideal for a mainland day trip of shopping, dining and entertainment.
Airlie Beach is a festive Queensland holiday town, with palm-fringed beaches, a family-friendly swimming lagoon, sea kayaking and parasailing.
Alfresco restaurants line the Esplanade and there’s often live music playing in the waterfront bars.
Airlie Beach day trips
Make a point of visiting Airlie Beach on a Saturday morning to shop for locally crafted jewellery, clothing, glassware and souvenirs at the Airlie Beach Markets. Held on the foreshore, the markets also feature entertainment, food and local produce.
Stretch your legs on a section of the Whitsunday Great Walk, a 30-kilometre trail winding through tropical rainforest from Airlie Beach to Brandy Creek.
Visit the Airlie Beach Queensland Wildlife Park to catch crocodile feeding time and get up close and personal with koalas and kangaroos.
Hamilton Island is the gateway for Airlie Beach holidays on the Whitsunday coast, just 30 minutes away by Cruise Whitsundays ferry. Ferries run from Hamilton Island Airport to Shute Harbour, 12km east of Airlie Beach accommodation, and all-inclusive fares include Airlie Beach day trip coach transfers.