Airlie Beach Things To Do – Locals Guide

Airlie Beach, The gateway to the Whitsunday Islands is a bustling seaside town. Whether you are here on holidays or looking for something interesting for the weekend, we have some top tips for you. Below you will see the top 12 free activities and the top 10 tours and activities.

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The Best Things To Do In Airlie Beach - The swimming lagoon

Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach lagoon was always going to be on top of the Free Airlie Beach things to do list. It is situated in the middle of the central st next to the sea. The Lagoon has multiple swimming depths with great safe kids areas as well. One end of the lagoon has a human-made beach, and the other has a kids playground. Undercover seating is available and a few free BBQs  are perfect for lunch. Full toilet  amenities and outdoor showers are situated in the middle by the crossing bridge. The Airlie Beach lagoon is open all day every day and is the best way to cool down during your Whitsundays holiday

Boathaven Beach in Port Of Airlie

Boathaven Beach

Boathaven Beach is situated on the seaside of Port of Airlie, by the sailing club on the Soth end of the main st. This beach is Airlie’s first fully tidal beach and has stunning white sand. During the season there is a stinger net in place so you can swim safely. With rock walls sheltering the beach on both ends its great for a swim in any conditions. There is no shade at this beach so make sure to take a sun umbrella and use plenty of sunscreens. Toilet facilities are available across the road and lunch is a short walk away at the sailing club.

goanna climbing a tree on the whitsundays great walk

The Great Walk

Enjoy a different Whitsundays experience and escape to the rainforest on the Conway Ranges. You can ride, run or walk the Conway circuit  on a 27 km long track, starting at Forestry Road just 10km west of Airlie Beach and finish  on the ranges above Airlie Beach. There are 2 campsites along the track if needed,  book here. With a medium to high fitness level, you can walk the track in a day. Otherwise, you can access  the track from either end and walk in and out again the same way. This track is a great day out under the cool umbrella of the rainforest. Map

Cedar Creek Waterfall Conway Whitsundays popular Airlie Beach Things To Do

Cedar Creek Falls

Cedar Creek Falls is a must in the Airlie Beach things to do. A 30 min drive from Airlie Beach and is situated back towards Proserpine on Conway road. Cedar Creek falls best in the wet season from November to April, but it can run all year round. The water is deep and refreshing with small freshwater turtles calling it home. There is a short walk up the top with running pools you can bath in. Jumping off the falls is no longer allowed after numerous accidents. Nothing beats this spot on a hot day. Make sure to take the mozzie spray.

Conway beach at low tide

Conway Beach

Conway Beach is a 35-minute drive from Airlie Beach. There is a small town with a caravan park which has an open day on Sundays for the kids with a pool and water park. At one end of the beach is the mouth of the Proserpine River, which at low tide you can walk to with some good fishing. Prawns can be caught straight  off the beach and barramundi are caught in season in the river. When the tide is out the beach exposed for over 1km, which makes it great for exploring and finding all kinds of sea life left in the pools. As the beach gets some good wind, it’s the perfect place for kites, land sailing, and kiteboarding.

wooden boardwalk in Airlie Beach

The Board Walk

The Bicentennial boardwalk starts at the sailing club beside the sea and continues to Cannonvale beach 4.7km away. This walk hugs the coastline and gives you plenty of time to spot marine life including turtles by the VMR. You pass 3 children’s playgrounds along the way and multiple cafes and a bar at Coral Sea Marina.  This walk is perfect for an early morning or late afternoon stroll, as 95% of the walk is on flat ground it is perfect for the whole family. Once at Cannonvale Beach you will find a playground for the kids or walk out and explore this awesome little beach.

fish caught on the airlie beach rock wall


One of my favourite Airlie Beach things to do! You are spoilt for choice when it comes to fishing in the Whitsundays. There are boat ramps at VMR, Abell Point Marina, Port of Airlie and Shute Harbour, If you don’t have a boat there are the rock walls at VMR, Abell Point Marina, Whitsunday Sailing Club, Port of Airlie and Shute Harbour Jetty. Freshwater fishing is available at Proserpine River and Faust  Dam. Talk with the local fishing store in Airlie Beach or Cannonvale for the best spots and baits for the time of year

lagoon playground

Skate Parks and Playgrounds

There are plenty of playgrounds for the kids around Airlie beach, you can find them located at the lagoon, esplanade, sailing club and Cannonvale beach. The new esplanade playgrounds opened in 2019 and are the best in the region. Opposite Cannonvale beach is Logan’s adventure playground with a flying fox and climbing rope web. Skate parks are opposite  Cannonvale State School and at the PCYC in Jubilee Pocket. We all know when the kids are happy the parents are happy! so this is a must Airlie Beach things to do

Airlie Beach Markets with palm trees and beach

Airlie Markets

The markets are held every Saturday morning on the Esplanade next to the beach. The Markets are also on every time you will see a cruise ship out the front of Airlie Beach. For updates check here. The markets boast a wide variety of products including local foods and coffee, clothes, home-wares, posters, toys, camels rides plus so much more. The markets are a perfect way to spend a few hours by the beach and relax on a Saturday morning.

lookout over the Whitsunday Islands on Mount Rooper Walk

Mount Rooper Walk

This is a great way to spend a few hours, The Mount Rooper walk starts on Shute Harbor Road just around 6km south of Airlie Beach. If you do not have a car, buses run every half an hour. There are 2 walks that do join up, Mount Rooper walk is 5.1km round trail and has a stunning lookout over Shute Harbor Hamiltion Island and Long Island. The other walk is to swamp bay, dont fe fooled by the name this walk ends up at a private stoney beach, looking directly across at Day Dream Island

coral beach Airlie beach Whitsundays

Coral Sea Beach Walk

This walk starts at Shute Harbour and wanders through Australian Bush over 1km through to Coral Beach, this beach is covered in old coral formations and stones. You will be greeted by crystal clear waters and stunning views north towards Airlie Beach. From here, you can take an uphill walk to the beak lookout. This Platform is built just above the tree line and gives magnificent views of the islands, Allow around 2 hours to explore this walk and beach.

Top Airlie Beach things to do – Tours and Activities

Airlie Beach is spoilt for choice when it comes to tours. We have picked the most popular ways to spend a holiday or activity for your weekend. To find over 25 discounted Airlie Beach things to do, click on over to our partner Book me Australia who has deals in the Whitsundays up to 50% off.

south Whitehaven Lookout View from the platform

Whitsundays Day Tour

My Top pick for Airlie Beach Things to do. There are plenty of day tours that operate to the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach and most depart from Airlie Beach. A typical day tour visits Whitehaven beach with 1 or 2 snorkel locations. Lunch and snorkel equipment is provided onboard. There is a range of boats, from fast, wild rides like ZigZag Whitsundays. Like other destinations, there are always popular tours so try and book in advance to secure your favourite Whitsundays Tour

Whitsundays Overnight Sailing Tour

Overnight Sailing Tours

There are plenty of overnight sailing tours that visit the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach. These range from cheap backpacker tours to high-end luxury yachts. The trip length varies as well with 1, 2 or 3 nights on board. A typical overnight sailing tour will see you visiting Whitehaven Beach and three or more snorkel locations. All meals and snorkel equipment are included. Prices vary from $200 to over $1000. Shop around early and find some deals here you will also find other interesting Airlie Beach Things to do

great barrier reef tour boat

Great Barrier Reef Tour

A Great Barrier Reef day tour is one of the best Whitsundays and Airlie Beach Things to do; Explore Reef Tour will take you out to bait reef where you can snorkel or dive this unusual living structure. This is a full-day tour starting at 8 am and finishing after 5 pm. Lunch is included as well as snorkel equipment. Diving is an optional extra but well worth the money! This boat is very comfortable and air-conditioned. This tour is not usually discounted, but you can find 40% off on some days with Book Me

catching fish on a whitsundays fishing tour

Fishing Tour

The Whitsundays is an excellent place for fishing. Fishing Tours are available in half or full-day packages. These tours range from out the front of Airlie Beach to around the Whitsunday Islands or even the outer reef. Most tours include tackle rods and bait, but you are welcome to bring your gear as well. Do your homework on the internet and find one that’s always catching fish, TripAdvisor is an excellent place to start. I recommend Real Deal, I have been fishing with them, and the boys have been doing this a long time

island resort ferry

Island Resort Ferry

Ferry transfers operate between Airlie Beach, DayDream Island, Hamilton Island Resorts. Cruise Whitsundays run all the ferry’s from Port of Airlie Marina and have various times of departure throughout the day. This is an excellent way for the family to see the resorts, without the price tag of staying the night at these resorts. There is plenty of activities on the islands as well as lots of restaurants and cafes. No Whitsundays holiday is complete without visiting these island resorts. This is why it’s in the top Airlie Beach Things to do

stand up paddle board in airlie beach

Stand Up Paddle

Stand up paddleboarding is a great way to spend a few hours at a low price. With two different locations, you can hire a board and enjoy a fun few hours on the water in any wind conditions. There are lessons available if it’s your first time and board hire for the experienced paddlers. Mark owns and runs this business and has competed in endurance events around the Whitsundays. You couldn’t be in better hands. There are often Airlie Beach Things to do deals of up to 50% off a 2 hour hire or lesson here

jetski tour in the whitsundays

Jet Ski Tour

One of the most fun top Airlie Beach things to do is a Jetski tour.   Jetski Tours offer an exciting adventure out the front of Airlie and both company’s offer different tours and time frames Enjoy riding your very own jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park and spot turtles and whales in season. This fast-paced tour will get your adrenaline going and will visit some lovely destinations along the way

jet boat tour jumping a wave

Jet Boat Tour

This fast-paced jet boat tour is a blast. Crammed full of adrenaline-pumping action, this is the Ultimate Airlie Beach Things to do! 180’s, 360s, Drifts & some submarine action is a certainty. See the best of Airlie from the water, multi-million dollar mansions, our native wildlife & even a ship wreck! Often encountering Turtles, Dugong’s and Rays. With Courtesy Transfers and FREE photos, this is by far the most value-packed tour in the Whitsundays! Multiple tour times throughout the day makes it pretty hard for you to miss out!

crocodile sitting on a muddy bank at Proserpine river

Crocodile Tour

Whitsunday Crocodile Safari is a nature excursion into the Proserpine in the Whitsundays. This unique tropical environment is home to approximately 150 crocodiles. Cruise the calm waters of Proserpine River and watch crocodiles in their natural habitat.  Meet some interesting Aussie characters on your tour like Rastas the crocodile.  Enjoy a barbeque lunch and experience the unique tastes of traditional Billy Tea and fresh cooked Dampe. See more here .One for the smaller but better  Airlie beach things to do

With so many Airlie Beach things to do, you will never be sitting around on your holidays or weekends left wondering. Get out and enjoy everything the Whitsundays and Airlie surrounds has to offer.

We will update our Top Airlie Beach things to-do list on a weekly basis or as new awesome entertainment comes along.

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