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Official Guide to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach

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Lily Kerley
Updated Tue 09 Jul 2024

Whitsunday Official Guide for Visitors, Sailing Whitsunday Tourism

A Warm Whitsunday Welcome

Welcome to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach! Our slice of paradise has an abundance of dreamy destinations, hidden gems and natural wonders that we cannot wait for you to experience. 

Our official guide to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach will provide you with some local insight into the best spots in town - in the ocean and in the clouds! Island lounging, kaleidoscopic snorkelling, smooth sailing and little luxuries are at your fingertips, and we’ll help you tailor your time here for a seamless, unforgettable getaway. With something for everyone, you can be certain you’ve made the most of your time in the magical Whitsundays!

The Ngaro, Juru and Gia peoples lived in harmony with these lands and waters for thousands of years. We recognise the traditional owners of the lands and waters that we live and play on today. We pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty has never been ceded. 


Whitsunday Essentials

Whitsundays Bucket List

Hiking the Whitsundays

Eat, Drink & Play in Airlie Beach

Free Activities in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Nightlife

Overview of an island with sand, rocks and sea

Whitsundays Essentials

Visitor Information Centre

For free itinerary consultations, comprehensive tour bookings and any questions about our glorious region, come into our shop located at 4/1 Airlie Esplanade, Airlie Beach. Sailing Whitsundays are the only official, main street travel agency with approval from the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) in the region. Operating since 2002, we have a wealth of industry experience, and we’re here to help you find your dream holiday in the Whitsundays... without the fuss!

Sailing Whitsundays Shop, Airlie Beach Main Street

Getting Here

Whether you’re coming from near or far, getting to Airlie Beach has never been easier! 


Choose to fly, into either Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine or from Hamilton Island Airport, with plenty of connection busses and taxis available without prior booking.


Greyhound and Premier coaches are great, cheap options that travel to Airlie Beach from all around Australia! 


If you prefer the slower scenic route, catch a Queensland Rail Train that goes from Brisbane all the way to Cairns with plenty of stops on the way. 


Or, for ultimate sightseeing and autonomy, a personal hire car is a great way to witness our lush region at your own pace. 

Getting To The Whitsunday Islands

With the best selection of boats in the region, the journey out to the pristine Whitsundays Islands is just as exquisite as the destination when you travel with us! There really is something for everyone, for any time, on any budget! Check out our range of day, overnight and private charter vessels that will have you gliding over the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef in no time.

For more information on choosing the perfect boat tour for you, check out our handy Whitsunday boat guide, or chat with our experienced local staff! 

Whitsunday Getaway, Whitsunday holiday sail guide

Getting Around Airlie 


Peddle around Airlie’s array of flat, beachside paths on a bike! Hire is available from Magnums on Main Street.


A bus service runs from Proserpine to Shute Harbour, generally until around 10:30 pm. Check out the stops and timetable for more info.


Download the Mackay/Whitsunday Taxi App, for an easy way to get around town with quick driver response times!


A new addition to Airlie Beach as of July 2024, Uber is now available through the Uber App for all of your rideshare needs.


Airlie Beach’s charming and small CBD is the perfect place to explore by foot, so check out one of the many seaside paths such as the bicentennial boardwalk or esplanade!


Segways are an incredibly fun and unique way to get around, as well as gain a quintessential Airlie Beach memory! Check out our range of Segway Tours for an unforgettable journey.

Hire Car

Hire cars are a perfect option if you’re after a bit of autonomy to check out the Whitsundays and surrounding treasures at your own pace!


Known as the region of never-ending summers, the Whitsundays is home to a subtropical climate that really is exquisite all year round! From December to February, Summer temperatures of 27°C - 32°C are common, whereas winter daytime temperatures average at 25°C from June to August. Anytime is a superb time to visit the Whitsundays, with plenty of warm waters and sunshine to go around! For a deeper run-down of monthly temperatures, check out our official weather guide and learn more about the best months to come stay in Airlie Beach.

Swimming in the Whitsundays, Climate tropical weather

Whitsundays Bucket List

With an incredible array of natural wonders, a handful of buzzing townships and enough wildlife to keep your eyes peeled for weeks, the Whitsundays is jam-packed with things to do. Regardless of your style of travelling, there’s something here for you! Love roughing it and camping with the family? Looking for a break from reality aboard a luxury catamaran? Keen on rubbing shoulders with the bright and bold marine life? We’ve got a bucket list just for you!

Whitehaven Beach

As one of the world’s most beloved beaches, Whitehaven Beach boasts an abundance of things to see, do and explore! Whether you’re on a quick stop-over with your boat tour, anchored up overnight or you’ve got all day to peruse the silica sands, Whitehaven Beach is set to impress every kind of traveller! 

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island Bucket List Item

Hill Inlet Lookout

Accessible from the north end of Whitsunday Island’s Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout is only a 20-minute bush walk away from the bright white shores. And indeed, the view from the top is not one to be missed! Gaze down upon the renowned swirling sands: a combination of Whitehaven Beach’s incredibly white silica sands and crystal clear turquoise waters. Don’t forget your camera on this adventure… the view is never twice the same and you won’t want to miss your chance to capture your unique moment of heavenly beauty!

Hill Inlet Lookout, Whitsunday Island, Bucket List Item Guide

Hayman Island

A luxurious, tropical island situated amongst the Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island is the spot to go if you’re looking for a romantic, decadent getaway. Stay at the Hayman Resort and live it up in paradise, take advantage of the spa and go for a long, island bush walk before a quick cooling swim! Check out our range of luxe tours that venture to Hayman Island to make your way out to this gem in style.

Hayman Island, Whitsunday Islands Guide

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsunday Islands, located in and amongst the Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, is a world-class snorkelling destination! Dive in for your chance to witness the wonders of the Reef, such as green sea turtles, dugongs, tropical fish, manta rays and reef sharks… just to name a few! Most of our tours will take you to incredible snorkel or dive spots in the Great Barrier Reef, just talk to our friendly staff to find out the best snorkelling boat tour personalised to your holiday preferences. Or, if you want to experience the depths of the beautiful reef, try your hand at diving on one of our diving adventures!

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Guide

Stand-up Paddleboard

With dazzling crystal-clear water, Whitehaven Beach is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places to take a dip in Australia. Sick of floating around? Why not try your hand at a unique adventure and have a go at stand-up paddleboarding? Many tours provide stand-up paddleboards or kayaks for free for a bit of extra fun, so make sure you make the most of the added extras!

Stand-up paddleboarding at Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

Take Everlasting Photos

One of the best parts of adventuring through the Whitsundays is the incredible photos you’ll take! A memory lasts a split second, but take a photo, and you’ll remember it forever! With a dazzling range of jaw-dropping sceneries to photograph, you’ll love pointing and shooting at Hill Inlet, the amazing wildlife and your friends lazing about! 

Whitehaven Beach Couple Picture

Spot Baby Sharks

While sharks are something most tourists are keen on avoiding during their trip to the Whitsundays, Hill Inlet boasts a well-known nursery for baby marine life. The shallow lagoon is home to baby stingrays and lemon sharks, so grab your underwater camera, splash about in the shallows and film away!

Black Tip Reef Shark Whitsundays, Snorkel and Dive the Great Barrier Reef

Betty's Beach

Looking for a breather from the crowds? Head straight for Betty’s Beach, a hidden cove fringed with rocks on the northern end of Whitehaven Beach. Follow the shoreline around to the north and you’ll find yourself at this stunning and mesmerising beach. It’s an amazing spot for swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing, so escape the crowds and you might get this gem all to yourself! 

Betty's Beach Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island

Picnic at Sunset

Lucky enough to be anchored upon Whitehaven Beach as the sun is setting? Make sure you pack a picnic pack, as this is a romantic setting you don’t want to miss out on! Whether you want to self-cater or you’re on a deluxe tour awaiting with your meal, your Whitehaven sunset picnic is a memory you’ll never forget! 

Powerplay Sample Menu Antipasto Platter Sunset Picnic

Beach Sports

With the Whitehaven shoreline stretching out over 7 kilometres long, it’s the perfect opportunity to round up your mates and grab a cricket kit! Some tours bring along sporting equipment, making a game of beach footy totally worth your while. 

Whitehaven Beach, Beach sports on Whitsunday island

Spot Native Wildlife 

Queensland boasts an amazing array of wildlife, and Whitehaven Beach is no exception. Home to many different animals, both marine and land-dwellers, you might spot sea turtles, dolphins and monitor lizards on your adventure! 

Hook Island, Goanna

Whitsunday Island Camping 

Have a decent amount of time up your sleeve? Pitch a tent and wake up on the velvety white sand of Whitehaven Beach! You’ll likely get most of the beach all to yourself, which is an amazing feat as a nature lover. Featuring basic amenities like hybrid toilets and picnic tables, this is a perfectly rustic way to experience the Whitsundays with ample camping options

Whitsunday Island Camping, Whitsunday Islands Guide

Soar above the Great Barrier Reef

After a different kind of view? Jump on board a scenic flight and experience Whitehaven Beach from the sky! See the dazzling coastline, the pure white sand and Heart Reef! It’s enough to keep you island dreaming forever. 

GSL aviation, Whitsunday Island Great Barrier Reef Scenic Flight

Hiking the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is home to an array of stunning hikes and bushwalks that will immerse you in the untouched wonders found in the region. With walks for families to tracks for experienced hikers, anybody can make their own way off the beaten path in the Whitsundays. And to make sure you don’t get lost, we’ve put together a handy list and map of our favourites! 

Whitsunday Islands Hiking Walk Tracks Map


Hill Inlet Lookout Track 

A light, short bushwalk up to Hill Inlet Lookout to see the swirling, cosmic sands of Whitehaven Beach.


Whitsunday Cairn Track

A half-day, difficult hike on Whitsunday Island that takes you uphill to a volcanic mass looking out over the Great Barrier Reef and Hook Island. 


Langford Island Lookout

This short, moderate adventure will take you through the lush Langford Island, up to a lookout equipped with views of Bali Hai, Hook Island and Langford Spit.


Spion Kop

Venture off the beaten path to South Molle Island, where two moderate walks await your discovery amongst lush island rainforest. 

Whitsunday Island Hikes

Eat, Drink and Play in Airlie Beach

Best Food in Airlie Beach 

Hungry? Well, you’re in luck! Airlie Beach is home to an abundant multitude of fantastic places to fill your tummy. Whether you’re after chic fine dining, the best coffee in town, freshly caught seafood or a cheap and hearty feed, you’ll be spoilt with choice as you explore the streets of Airlie. 

Airlie Beach Top 10 Places to Eat Whitsundays Official Guide

Breakfast & Brunch 


Sidewalk Cafe 

Price range: $ - $$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 6:30 am till 1:30 pm

Situated along the esplanade, Sidewalk Cafe is the perfect choice for a scrumptious, bayside breaky! With phenomenal coffee, an extensive menu and a funky atmosphere, this spot is your go-to for an avo on toast with a side of lovely service.


Airlie Beach Treehouse 

Price range: $ - $$ 

Options available: vegetarian, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Come and hang out in Airlie Beach Treehouse, known amongst locals for its hearty, fresh breakfast menu. Overlooking the Airlie Lagoon and foreshore, you can drink in the seaside views while you sip on a creamy coffee! Treehouse also boasts a heavenly, fresh seafood and pizza lunch menu, best enjoyed with a crisp Treehouse cider and some good company!


Fat Frog Beach Cafe

Price range: $ - $$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan

Open: Sunday - Thursday from 7:00 am - 2:00 pm // Friday & Saturday & from 7:30 am - 2:00 pm / 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Undoubtedly the best spot for a Sunday morning brunch, Fat Frog Beach Cafe has a homely, beach-chalet vibe set against Cannonvale’s oceanfront views. With a healthy, fresh variety of breakfast mains (we can’t get enough of the Green Frog), you can enjoy a gentle sea breeze and start your day right. Fat Frog serves delicious Campos coffee and is dog-friendly, so you can enjoy a choice brew with your pooch pals by your side! Not to mention, they are now open on Friday & Saturday nights for delicious, easy, bayside takeaway!

Lunch & Dinner 


Sandbar Airlie Beach

Price range: $

Options available: vegetarian, gluten-free

Open: Tuesday - Friday from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm // Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Light, breezy and boasting some of the best food in town, Sandbar Airlie Beach is a hub for dining experience, sunset cocktails and Meditteranean fare. Try their extensive selection of fresh, local seafood or treat yourself to a signature Sandbar Margarita. With beautiful views of the Coral Sea, nestled right in the heart of Airlie Beach, don't miss this elegant yet welcoming restaurant and bar on your next Whitsunday visit.


Mika Airlie BBQ & Bar 

Price range: $$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 pm - 9:00 pm // Monday & Tuesday from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Head upstairs and spice things up with a dining experience at Mika BBQ & Bar, the best spot in Airlie to get your Latin-inspired fix! Dishing up a vast array of fresh, colourful and generous meals, Mika’s chefs sure know what they’re doing. Don’t pass on a jug of the best Sangria in town, which goes decadently with a BBQ Sharing Platter! Dine in a colourful, relaxed setting. The night is always young at Mika, and you’ll often catch a variety of house DJs from 8 pm till late!


The Deck

Price range: $$$

Options available: vegetarian, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

A hidden gem on the waterfront, The Deck is a fabulous choice if you’re after a decadent, modern dining experience. Quality ingredients, stylish interior and warm service await you at The Deck, creating an elegant atmosphere ideal for celebrating a special occasion, or simply treating yourself here in the Whitsundays! The Butternut Risotto is a stunning flavour combo, as well as their 300g Rump that’s always cooked to perfection.



Price range: $$ - $$$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm // Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm

Northerlies beachfront beer garden is the perfect place to unwind and indulge in a local beer, fresh seafood platter and ocean breeze! The shack-style Northerlies Beach Huts sit right on the glimmering, turquoise Whitsunday waters, so grab your sunnies, friends and family to spend the afternoon in tropical paradise! With a welcoming staff serving up creations made with fresh, local ingredients, Northerlies is definitely worth the drive (or the free courtesy bus) out of Airlie’s centre.

KC’s Bar & Grill

Price range: $$ 

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 11:30 am - 12:00 am

Locally owned and operated for over 30 years, a feed at KC’s is a must while you’re in Airlie. Offering a vast variety of chargrilled BBQ options, burgers, parmies, salads and vego options, KC’s dishes up hearty, generous meals on the daily! Check out their quirky interior, and if you’re feeling adventurous, try the Australian Game Tasting Platter. There is live music at KC’s every night of the week, so grab a beer and a meal before your ears are filled with catchy local sounds!

Fish D’Vine

Price range: $$$ 

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 11:00 am - late

Fresh, local and bold, Fish D’Vine is an award-winning, beachfront seafood restaurant and rum bar whose creative culinary experts never fail to impress! With exquisite menu items such as BBQ Bay Bugs, Squid Ink Fettucine and Rum & Pepper Painted Fish, it’s no wonder they have been thriving since 2004. Check out their extensive Rum Bar, which is paired specifically to each person’s taste and selection of ultra-fresh seafood!

Beaches Bar & Grill

Price range: $ - $$

Options available: vegetarian, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 12:00 pm - late

Located in the heart of Airlie, Beaches Bar & Grill is another unmissable, local venue. Featuring plenty of bench seating, a stage, pool tables and that classic pub atmosphere, Beaches has it all! Fuel up after a day of Whitsunday adventure with a classic pub feed, known for their plentiful serving sizes… parmy anyone? With local artists gracing the stage at Beaches, you can continue your evening with a chat, boogy or game of pool amongst fantastic company and relaxed vibes!

Beagles Pizza

Price range: $

Options available: vegetarian

Open: Wednesday - Sunday from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A local favourite, Beagles Pizza is the best joint in Airlie to grab a slice! Check out their range of deliciously topped pizzas, grab one takeaway and head down to the beach for an easy sunset feast! With plenty of family deals, Beagles is a fantastic choice for budget travellers or those who want a hearty, no-fuss feed! The pizzas at Beagles are always delicious and served with a smile… what else could you want?

Tapas & Cocktails 


Sandbar Airlie Beach

Price range: $ - $$

Options available: vegetarian, gluten-free

Open: Tuesday - Friday from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm // Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The newly-opened Sandbar Airlie Beach is not only the most scenic spot in the Whitsundays for a drink, but also the cheapest! With an epic happy hour on cocktails, perch at this semi-alfresco restaurant and bar with an array of colourful drinks and gaze out at the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands. The linen tablecloths, incredible tapas and outdoor breeziness all set the scene with an atmosphere of Meditteranean summer meets Airlie Beach charm!


Paradiso Rooftop Restaurant & Bar

Price range: $$ - $$$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: Monday, Wednesday & Sunday from 7:30 am - 10:00 pm // Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 7:30 am - late

Head on up to Paradiso Rooftop Restaurant & Bar where you will find sensational tapas, cocktails of utter alchemy and sun-soaked bayside views! Delight in a cocktail (or two!) that combines science and creativity to ensure an absolutely perfect balance of flavours. Our favourites include the zesty Lemon Brulee and the Fiery Fijian… which literally comes out in flames! Combined with trendy decor and an alfresco vibe, Paradiso will undoubtedly make you feel as if you’re in paradise!


The Rocks Bar & Pool Club

Price range: $$ - $$$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: 7 days from 6:30 am - 10:00 am / 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

Live it up at the Coral Sea Resort’s newly refurbished Pool Club and Bar, The Rocks! Feel like a celebrity as you lounge by the beachside pool with a funky cocktail and selection of taste sensation snacks! Your exclusive Pool Club Pass will afford you $40 to spend on food and drinks, as well as unlimited poolside lounging! We can’t go past the octopus doughnuts and antipasto platter, the perfect accompaniment to your luxury, sunset cocktail sesh! 


Anchor Bar 

Price range: $$

Options available: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free

Open: Thursday - Sunday from 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Gaze out to the Whitsunday Islands and the Coral Sea in style as you enjoy contemporary cocktails and decadent nibbles from Anchor Bar’s Terrace! A perfect choice for a laid-back afternoon with friends and family, Anchor Bar combines island luxe and great value. If you’re stumped for choice, try the Can’t Decide Platter, bound to give you a taste of the fresh local Whitsunday seafood with a twist! 

The Rocks Cocktails Whitsundays Airlie Beach Guide Food and Bars

Opening hours, menus and prices are subject to change.

Fun & Free Airlie Beach Activities

With an array of free activities available, Airlie Beach is the perfect place to fill your days with bayside bliss and local beauty. In between island escapes and sailing adventures, there is plenty to do on a budget in this relaxed, beachy town. So, check out our top 10 favourite free things to do in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Enjoy the clear, cool waters with rocky, natural surroundings in this 4300m² salt and chlorine swimming pool. Located in the middle of town, right on the foreshore, Airlie Beach Lagoon is the best place to indulge in a stinger-free swim on the mainland. Open from early morning until sunset with lifeguards posted for the public’s safety, the Lagoon is waiting for you to grab your mates and some sunscreen for a day of (free) poolside relaxation!

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Bayside Barbeques

For a wholesome, easy afternoon of simple pleasures, head on down to one of Airlie’s many complimentary barbeque facilities with your friends and family! With snags, spray oil and fresh salads, you can enjoy a fry-up in paradise without breaking the bank. Airlie Foreshore, the Lagoon, Shingley Beach and Cannonvale Beach are fantastic spots to set up your picnic blanket and slow down amongst great company. There truly is nothing like soaking up the bayside sunset with a tasty sausage sammie in hand!

Cannonvale BBQ

Bicentennial Walkway

Airlie’s Bicentennial Walkway is a fantastic way to see the town on foot or wheel! Connecting Cannonvale and Airlie, this tree-shrouded, bayside walkway will take you everywhere you need to go. The Whitsunday Sailing Club, The Coral Sea Marina Resort, Shingley Beach, Cannonvale Beach, Airlie’s CBD and Foreshore are all accessible from this delightful 3.7km walkway. Perfect for a leisurely stroll, outdoor cardio or simply getting from A to B, Airlie’s Bicentennial Walkway is a must-do to see all of Airlie Beach! 

Bicentennial Walkway, Airlie Beach

Live Music

Head on down to one of the many pubs and venues in Airlie to get a dose of local, live music to your ears! Venues such as The Pub, Beaches, KC’s Magnums and Sidewalk Cafe have an abundance of live acts with free entry. Rest assured you will find free and fresh music in Airlie, 7 days a week… just listen out! The Shed Bar on Sundays hosts homegrown bluesy roots, and you will also find DJ’s playing sets at nightclubs and some restaurants such as Mika and Breeze Bar. Check out our favourite music venues for a brilliant night.

Live Music, KC's Bar & Grill

Bird Watching

Don’t forget to look up on your next visit to Airlie Beach! Coveted by bird-watchers, the Whitsundays region is renowned for its incredible avian sights, made possible by the area’s lush, thriving forests and national parks. Keep your eyes peeled for rare emerald doves and sulphur-crested cockatoos in the Conway National Park, as you head out for a day of immersion in nature! 

Sea Eagle in the Whitsunday Islands, Bird Watching

Airlie Beach Markets

Mosey on down to the Airlie Beach Markets for an easy morning of warm coffee, delicious market food and unique knick-knacks. Soak up the bustling, local atmosphere adored by residents and visitors alike, as you browse through books, handmade goods, gemstones and vintage items! The Airlie Beach Markets are on every Saturday morning on the esplanade, so come and meander for a charming, low-cost morning in Airlie.

Airlie Beach Markets Morning

Hydeaway Bay

A short 45-minute drive out of Airlie will take you to Hydeaway Bay, a secluded hidden gem that can’t be missed if you have your own means of transport! With breathtaking views of the Whitsunday Islands from a new angle, don’t forget to keep your eyes out for dolphins, turtles and even whales visible from Hydeaway Bay! Stop at resorts and restaurants along the charming drive out for a day of Whitsunday wonder.

Hydeaway Bay, Whitsunday Islands Bowen

Cedar Creek Falls

Natural falls, lush forest and crisp air await you at Cedar Creek Falls. Only a 30 minute drive out of Airlie Beach, these beautiful waterfalls are tucked away in the Conway National Forest. The falls lead to a stunning, natural swimming hole perfect for a quick dip surrounded by native flora and fauna. Best enjoyed after a bit of rain, Cedar Creek Falls really are a must-do during your trip to the Whitsundays!

Cedar Creek Waterfalls, Whitsundays Airlie Beach Guide

Roadtrip to Bowen

An hour's drive will take you up to Bowen, a quaint and stunning beachside town. Explore the pristine beaches, such as the world-famous Horseshoe Bay, the perfect spot for a calm swim, rockpool adventure and relaxing lounge in the sand. Walk on up to the lookout to witness the massive orange seaside cliffs and maybe spot some marine life! Known for its seafood, Bowen is the perfect place to taste some of the region’s finest, so don’t miss out on this hidden gem during your trip to Airlie.

Bowen Roadtrip from Airlie Beach, Big Mango

Airlie Beach Nightlife

Known for its vibrant nightlife and live music, Airlie Beach is a fantastic place to come and party! Dance the night away, indulge in the sweet sounds of live tunes and hang out with new and old friends under the Whitsunday stars on your next visit to Airlie Beach.

Arvo Sessions 

Ballistic Brewery

Ballistic Brewery is the place to be if you’re after some seriously swell vibes and some scrumptious on-tap brews! Take a look out back at the brewing site, or try their best-selling Hawaiin Haze in the sunny beer garden for a breezy afternoon assured. Located in the charming Cannonvale, this family-friendly, trendy spot is an out-of-the-way gem that shouldn’t be missed for your next Sunday sesh!

The Shed Bar

Nomad’s poolside bar, The Shed, is a delightful spot for kicking your feet up with your mates and soaking up those tropical holiday vibes! With plenty of live acts, you can enjoy a refreshing beer while acoustic tones accompany your afternoon. The Shed is open till late, so stick around for dancing, DJs and a plethora of good times!

Arvo Sessions Whitsundays Airlie Beach Official Guide

After Midnight 


Equipped with two dance floors, pool tables, an outdoor stage and a wrap-around bar, Magnums is the place to be on a night out! Known as a place to meet new friends, you’ll be sure to find a smile and songs to sing-a-long to at Magnums. With plenty of events on, make sure you check their website to join in on the fun!


A classic pub, located in the heart of Airlie, that will take you back to the good old days! Try your hand at a game of pool, have a beer and take in the authentic Beaches vibes. Open till late, there are plenty of live acts, filling the air with local sounds amongst the chatter of friends. 

Paddy’s Shenanigans

Paddy’s Shenanigans is a laid-back, classic Irish pub that’s bound to put a smile on your dial. This joint doesn’t open until 10 pm, but will never fail to deliver live music, 7 nights a week! Come along for a sing, dance and the perfect way to spend a lively night in Airlie Beach.

Mama Africa Bar & Nightclub

Get your dose of party central at Mama Africa’s, where the tunes and drinks are flowing until morning! The DJs are always spinning and the dancefloor is always full at this club in the Airlie CBD, so head upstairs to the red carpet and break out your best moves!

Airlie Beach Evening Whitsunday Official Gude

As you can see, the Whitsundays is home to copious wonders and is an unmissable destination for your next getaway! 

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