Official Guide to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach
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.
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!
Whether you’re coming from near or far, getting to Airlie Beach has never been easier!
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!
Getting Around Airlie
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.
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!
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!
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.
Breakfast & Brunch
Lunch & Dinner
Tapas & Cocktails
Updated 4 October 2023 - 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 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.
As you can see, the Whitsundays is home to copious wonders and is an unmissable destination for your next getaway!
Our team of Whitsunday locals are here to personalise your time in tropical paradise... exploring the Whitsundays has never been so simple, affordable and seamless.
Call us on +61 7 4914 2425, live chat with a travel agent instantly or come into our Airlie Beach shop with any questions or to book your next luxury sailing tour!