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Things To See in Airlie Beach, Australia

Airlie Beach is renowned for the amount of things there are to do rather than see but its location as a gateway to the Whitsundays ensures that there’s plenty of both on offer. Among the most popular attractions in the area are the numerous cruises which leave from Shute Harbour and the Abel Point Marina. Ranging from anything from half day to three days in duration, these cruises sail around the Whitsundays and the Outer Great Barrier Reef and are fun filled adventures where you can snorkel, scuba dive, parasail and boom net as well as enjoy the sheer luxury of sailing on board the many wonderful vessels you will have to choose from.

In fact, Airlie Beach is regarded as the location where many famous racing yachts are taken to for their retirement and there are over seventy of these vessels which depart for overnight trips and over thirty for one day trips. With so many different cruises on offer, however, it is well worth taking the time to shop around as prices vary immensely. Ask in your hostel for the best offers and they should be able to point you in the right direction.

The wildlife parks in the surrounding area are also extremely popular and many companies offer horseriding trips and walking tours through the nearby rainforest. For the lazier among you there are also several jeep safaris on offer. This is an excellent way to meet the local fauna face to face as you will get to see kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and so much more roam freely in the various parks.

For the adrenaline junkies among you, it may interest you to know that Australia’s highest bungy jump is also to be found in Airlie Beach. And as well as this, you can skydive, stunt fly or parachute over the islands offering the most breathtaking views you will ever see.

Finally, be sure to check out the local markets, the majority of which are open on Saturdays. Don’t expect anything too amazing, but for cheap gifts and souvenirs, you’ve certainly got your pick.

Attractions in Airlie Beach

  • Barrier Reef Bungy

    Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, Australia

    While you will certainly find more picturesque locations in which to do your jump, you will not find a higher bungy in all of Australia. Should make for some interesting storytelling material on your return home.

  • Tandem Skydive Airlie Beach

    Whitsunday Airport, Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, Australia

    Undoubtedly the best way to see the Whitsunday islands, this is an experience which you will never forget. Is quite expensive at $239 but this includes everything you need and if you can afford one luxury, make this it as it’s worth every dollar.

  • ReefJet

    Able Point Marina, Airlie Beach, Australia

    A superb way to get around the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef in one journey, this is a high speed cruise and dive vessel which will take you to some of the most beautiful spots in the region. Also runs some snorkel and dive excursions, some of which are for experienced divers but there are also some introductory dive programmes for the beginners among you.

  • Whitsunday Dreamer

    Able Point Marina, Airlie Beach, Australia

    Similar to ReefJet but this vessel is one for the more laid back among you. Cruises around the islands and takes passengers to two different resorts and a coral reef. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on board and avail of the water sports on offer including snorkeling, fishing, boomnetting and parasailing.

  • Kelly Dive & Sail

    1 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach, Australia

    The ultimate sea faring adventure, this is a three-day cruise aboard a luxurious 65-foot catamaran. Offering excellent on board facilities you will visit Hook Island, Whitehaven Beach, the Outer Reef and Hayman Island diving and snorkeling as you go. Is quite expensive at between $450 and $495 but this does include your food, accommodation and your dives.

  • Fawlty Tour's 4WD Rain Forest Tours

    , Airlie Beach, Australia

    If you’ve had enough of the water and fancy a change, why not hit the rainforest? This tour will take you through the rainforest and to Cedar Creek Falls and includes free pickups to and from your hostel, free entry to the rainforest and a free picnic lunch for a reasonable $42.

  • Barefoot Bushman's Wildlife Park

    Lot 2, Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, Australia

    Featuring a host of wildlife shows including snakes, crocodiles various native animals including koalas, kangaroos and wallabies, this park is home to the most comprehensive collection of Australian fauna in the state. Located about 8kms from Airlie Beach, regular buses leave from town taking you right into the heart of the park.

  • Brandy Creek Trails

    , Airlie Beach, Australia

    Another alternative which will take you out of the water is a trek through the hills on horseback. This company will also pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation and the trek will take you through meadows and rainforest over half a day.

  • Airlie Beach Swimming Lagoon

    , Airlie Beach, Australia

    This $8 million year-round and stinger-free swimming facility opened in January of 2001 and is proving extremely popular among visitors to Airlie Beach. And, with a beautiful sandy beach as well a host landscaped grassy areas, picnic areas and barbecues it’s easy to see why.

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