Airlie Beach, Queensland
You will love our great location – situated at the Port of Airlie, the gateway to the Whitsundays. Explore all that the Port of Airlie has to offer, indulge in some retail therapy, dine alfresco in one of the many gourmet eateries complete with stunning ocean and marina views.
Focus on your wellbeing, take a yoga class or treat yourself to a massage or beauty service. For the adrenalin junkie hire a jet ski or book a boat charter to explore a little further afield. All this at your fingertips with downtown Airlie Beach a short walk away.
Harbour Cove is the ideal location to base yourself for your Whitsunday getaway with its crystal clear waters, pristine white beaches and idyllic islands at your fingertips. Here are a number of our favourite things to see and do and worth adding to your Airlie Beach getaway itinerary.
Explore Airlie Beach
Ease into your holiday and explore beautiful Airlie Beach. Lounge by the lagoon, perfect for swimming, sunbathing and just relaxing and take in the stunning ocean views.
Stroll through the cafes, you are bound to find some great beachwear, head to the Saturday morning markets on the foreshore for fresh produce and arts and crafts.
At the end of the day you will be spoilt for dining choice with a great range of alfresco restaurants on offer. Enjoy fresh local seafood, hand made tapas and great cocktails. From a quiet, romantic dinner for two to a fun filled nightclub or bar, Airlie Beach has it on offer.
The Whitsunday Coast
Drive your own or hire a car with Rich at Gypsy Car Rentals and explore further afield. This area of Queensland is brimming with native flora and fauna, bushwalks, trails, rivers and waterfalls. Dingo Beach & Hideaway Bay are only a short drive north and offer some great lunch options or just have a picnic on the beach. Don’t forget your rods and togs as this is a great area to swim from the beach when weather permits. Remember – stay both croc and stinger wise in season.
Here you will find the townships of Bowen and Proserpine as well as 3 National Parks to explore – Conway National Park, Cape Hillsborough and Eungella National Park. Each offering something a little bit different and worth the drive.
Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
Not to be missed…with its dazzling white silica sand and crystal-clear water, Whitehaven Beach offers 7 kilometres of shore to explore. Swim, snorkel or just laze.
For the energetic hike through the forest to find a secret swimming spot or ocean lookout.
Hill Inlet is best viewed from the lookout at Tongue Point. …Best at low tide you will experience a beautiful fusion of colours due to the swirl of white sand and turquoise waters.
Great Barrier Reef
With its extraordinary biodiversity of species and habitats, the Great Barrier Reef is seriously impressive.
Get up close and personal with many tour operators offering unforgettable day trips that include swimming, snorkelling or diving on the reef. For those who prefer to stay dry there are heli-scenic flights, underwater observatories and semi-submarine guided tours.
Can’t get enough of the reef? Cruise Whitsunday offers Reef Sleep and Reef Suites. Spend a magical night on the reef on the deck in a swag or in Australia’s first underwater accommodation on The Great Barrier Reef. Either way, you will experience the peace and beauty of the reef never to be forgotten.
There are a number of ways to sail the Great Barrier Reef. The well-known Airlie Beach Race Week is one regatta that attracts experienced sailors and crew to the region. Other regattas encourage those with no previous boating experience to come on board and enjoy sailing the region.
Climb on board an overnight sailing trip from Airlie Beach, enjoy a sunset cruise or skipper your own yacht with family and friends. One thing is for sure, this area offers untouched beaches, hidden waterfalls on some islands, snorkelling, diving and swimming. Enjoy stunning sunsets and sunrises and a star lit sky like you have never seen.
Explore a Whitsunday Island
With 74 to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. From Airlie Beach it is easy to explore Daydream, Hamilton and Whitsunday Islands.
Choose to explore 1, 2 or all 3 islands in one day or purchase an island hopper pass to travel between Airlie Beach, Hamilton and Daydream Islands as you please.
Hire a golf buggy, hail one of the island shuttle buses or walk the island…swim Catseye Beach, hike to Passage Peak, stroll Front Street with its retail and dining options, enjoy a sunset drink at One Tree Hill, meet the local wildlife at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, nine-pin bowling, go-karting, jet boating, mini-golf or swim in one of the many pools.
Golf anyone? Take the ferry across to Dent Island and enjoy one of the most scenic golf courses in Australia. With breathtaking 360 degree views, green fees at this 18 hole golf course include an electric buggy fitted with a GPS rangefinder. Enjoy a cool drink or a long lunch in the clubhouse after your game and take in the stunning Whitsunday views before returning to Hamilton Island.
Discover newly renovated Daydream Island, after undergoing a $100 million dollar makeover it has a lot to offer day trippers and holiday makers. Something for everyone….relax by the pool, grab a kayak and circumnavigate the island, snorkel right off the beach, hire a jet ski, catamaran or stand up paddle board. Enjoy a meal or cool drink at one of the new restaurants, café or bar options. From premium dining at Infinity to ordering a burger at the Barefoot Bar, you will be sure to enjoy local produce at its best.
Daydream Island is also home to the only living coral lagoon in an Australian resort. The interactive touch pool is home to over 100 species of marine life. The onsite marine biologists are only too happy to assist with feeding and answering questions about life on the reef. The new underwater observatory offers a great opportunity for children to view marine life four metres below the water’s surface.