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.

This is where you can find the beautiful Whitsundays, a spectacular archipelago of sand isles, and coral atolls that form part of the much wider Great Barrier Reef.


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

1. Sail the Whitsundays

2. Join a Catamaran Trip

You’ll have the chance to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef before enjoying cold drinks and a classic Aussie barbecue on your way back to the mainland.

3. Take a Scenic Flight Over the Whitsundays

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.

4. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

There are so many great spots out there amongst the Whitsundays that you’ll be guaranteed to see some amazing marine life.

5. Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Join diving trips in Airlie Beach, but if you haven’t got your qualifications yet, you can learn to dive with the local diving outlets.

6. Relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon

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.

7. Skydive Over Airlie Beach

You’ll have incredible views over the islands and the Great Barrier Reef as you descend back to Airlie Beach.

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