15 Unmissable Things to do in Airlie Beach

Located 600 miles north of Brisbane and 385 miles south of Cairns, Airlie Beach might be remote and isolated, but it’s also one of the top tourist destinations in Queensland.

From sailing trips to epic scuba diving sites, here are the best things to do in Airlie Beach, Australia!


This complex archipelago is home to countless small islands, atolls, inlets, beaches, and reefs, and the best way to experience the area is to join a sailing trip.

Sail the Whitsundays

Another fantastic way to explore the Whitsundays is to join a catamaran tour. Faster than a sailing yacht, and usually much larger, catamaran trips are a great way to see the Whitsunday’ highlights if you’re short on time.

Join a Catamaran Trip

While the islands look fantastic from sea level, to really view the Whitsundays in all their glory, the best vistas are going to be from the air.

Take a Scenic Flight Over the Whitsundays

The reef system here is all part of the Great Barrier Reef, so of course, one of the best things to do in Airlie Beach is snorkeling.

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

Airlie Beach Lagoon is the perfect place to relax, with views out over the marina and the ocean, and ice-cold water to swim in.

Relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon

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