- Area: 3.2 kilometres square
- Location 20.26769. 148.71496
- Elevation: 31 metres
- Founded: 1936
- Population: 1208 (2016 census)
- Postcode: 4802
Airlie Beach is the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. This coastal town has a fun carefree vibe. Boating and sailing are prime from Airlie Beach due to the stunning turquoise waters. Visitors are spoilt with beautiful weather and 74 islands to explore.
- Coral Sea Marina
- Port of Airlie
- Shute Harbour
Things to do in Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach offers fantastic things to do, starting with sailing the beautiful turquoise waters of the Whitsunday Islands. Then take a scenic flight over Heart Reef for great photo opportunities. Next, join a tour of the stunning Whitehaven Beach and take in Hill Inlet’s views.
Airlie Beach has a free lagoon for visitors to use, and there are free BBQs and foreshore walks. Head to Paddy’s Shenanigans for live music and the main street for a bit of retail therapy.
Then go skydiving, ocean rafting and explore one of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Frequently asked questions
What is the closest airport to Airlie Beach?
Visitors have a choice of two airports from Hamilton Island and the Whitsunday Coast Airport.
What to do in Airlie Beach
There is a fantastic range of things to do in Airlie Beach, including boat tours, sailing, skydiving, hiking and kayaking.
Where is Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach is located 1110 kilometres north of Brisbane and 624 kilometres south of Cairns. On the east coast of Queensland, Australia.
How to get to Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach is accessed by bus, train, plane and car. All the major Australian airlines fly to Hamilton Island Airport or the Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Can you swim at Airlie Beach?
Yes, you can swim at Airlie Beach in the Airlie Beach lagoon and at one of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
How to get to Airlie Beach from Melbourne
From Melbourne, you can fly to both Proserpine and Hamilton Island. You can also take a train or a bus and of course, you can also self-drive. Melbourne is 2389 kilometres south of Airlie Beach.
How to get to Airlie Beach from Sydney
From Sydney, you can fly to both Hamilton Island and Proserpine. You can also take a train, a bus and of course, you can also self-drive. Sydney is 1897 kilometres south of Airlie Beach.