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Things To Do in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is located in the Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the gateway to the Whitsundays and is the launch point to all boat trips out to the islands and marine park. As a flourishing town located on the coast, visitors to the area will find a beachy vibe and friendly locals. Within the town itself, everything can be found for both locals and visitors to enjoy the region. Restaurants, bars, pubs, shops, doctors offices, accommodation and more are available right in the heart of Airlie Beach itself. Most amenities and shops in Airlie Beach is located on the main street, making all everything easily accessible by walking. Both marinas in Airlie Beach are also located within walking distance, making boat trips even easier to get to!

If you are in the Whitsundays for a boat trip, but are spending a few days in Airlie Beach, there is plenty to see and do while you are on the mainland. It's advised to spend at least one night in Airlie Beach before leaving for any trip to ensure you do not meet any delays in travel and are able to make your boat trip. However, we always recommend staying more as there is so much fun things on offer in Airlie Beach for visitors to take advantage of!

We have listed some fun things below to fill your time and enjoy the beauty of Airlie Beach and its surroundings.

1. Sunbake or swim at the Airlie Beach Lagoon, a local favourite
The Airlie Beach Lagoon is considered the be the jewel of Airlie Beach and makes for a great way to spend some time while on the mainland. Recently revamped, it is better than ever and a great place to meet new people and relax in the Whitsundays sun.

2. Take a hike on the Great Whitsunday Walk
The Great Whitsunday Walk is an amazing way to explore the surroundings of Airlie Beach. Also known as the Conway Circuit, the entire walk is a 28 kilometre turnaround. With several smaller walks built into the path, you can still enjoy this amazing hike even if you are short on time!

3. Take a stroll along the Bicentennial Walkway along the waterfront
The Bicentennial Walkway is a great way to see the waterfront of both Airlie Beach and Cannonvale. Stretching about 4 kilometres, this scenic walk takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The walkway features a boardwalk, restaurants and several shops along the way and is extremely user friendly.

4. Visit Abell Point Marina at sunset for spectacular views
Abell Point Marina offers a great platform to enjoy one of the many beautiful sunsets of the Whitsundays. Check out the fading sun from Sorrento Restaurant or Hemingway’s Restaurant, both of which features great views and great food!

5. Enjoy the soft sand at Boathaven Beach
Check out this man-made beach for a day of beachy fun, steps from the main street. Featuring soft sands and a stinger net, Boathaven Beach is a piece of paradise in the heart of Airlie Beach.

6. People-watch with a beer at a main street bar
There are plenty of places to grab a cold one and watch the world go by in Airlie Beach. Along the main street, you’ll find plenty of bars that have a great view of the street, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the day.

7. Experience the nightlife of Airlie Beach any day of the week!
Experience the heart and soul of Airlie Beach any day of the week with its amazing nightlife! Visit one of the many bars along the main street for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

8. Enjoy a scrumptious meal at one of the numerous restaurants
Airlie Beach is known for its amazing restaurant selection. With places for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you’ll get to enjoy many amazing meals during your stay on the mainland.

9. Take a drive to Shute Harbour Marina, just outside of Airlie Beach
If you have a vehicle during your time in Airlie Beach, taking a drive to Shute Harbour Marina is always worth drive! Featuring a scenic 10km route, you’ll end up at the small marina, which features great views of the surrounding islands.

10. Admire the view of the water from Port of Airlie Marina
Port of Airlie Marina is located within walking distance of most accommodation within Airlie Beach. This picturesque marina also features several great restaurants, shops and of course, plenty of boats!

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