Destination Guide: Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

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Things to do in Airlie Beach

A small town with a big sense of adventure, Airlie Beach is your gateway to the world-famous Whitsunday Islands.

Tours & Experiences

The ideal mainland base for fun and adventure in the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is also a fantastic place to visit in its own right.


2 Day, 1 Night Whitsundays Sailing Tour from Airlie Beach

from $369

  • Meals & accommodation included
  • Marine Park fees & charges included
  • Snorkel equipment provided

2 Day, 2 Night Whitsundays Sailing Tour from Airlie Beach

from $419

  • Meals & accommodation included
  • Marine Park fees & charges included
  • Snorkel equipment provided

Places to visit in Airlie Beach

Whitehaven Beach

A highlight of our Whitsundays sailing tours, Whitehaven Beach – with its soft white sands and dazzling turquoise waters – is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Cannonvale Beach

Accessible via a walking track from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale is Airlie’s lesser-known neighbour, and comes complete with a shipwreck just offshore!

Airlie Beach Lagoon

A popular hangout for both backpackers and families, Airlie Beach Lagoon is the place to spread out your towel on the man-made beach and enjoy tropical vibes while you gaze out over the ocean.

Conway National Park

One of the best-kept secrets of the Whitsundays, Conway National Park offers numerous walking trails catering to beginners and experts, winding through lush rainforest and stunning waterfalls.

Accommodation in Airlie Beach

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

Popular accommodation options in Airlie Beach include the YHA and Base & Nomads backpacker hostels. Bookings can be made directly on partner websites.

YHA Dreamcatcher Pass

Available from 7 to 28 nights, the Dreamcatcher pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Airlie Beach YHA and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.

Airlie Beach YHA
394 Shute Harbour Rd,
Airlie Beach QLD 4802


Bed Hopper Pass

The Bed Hopper Pass, available from 7 to 60 nights, is a flexible multi-night accommodation voucher that can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at Nomads Airlie Beach and more than 20 Base, Nomads and Base-affiliated hostels throughout Australia.

Nomads Airlie Beach
354 Shute Harbour Rd,
Airlie Beach QLD 4802


Travel & Accommodation Packages

Want more travel and accommodation options? Packaging our Whimit Travel Pass with two of the best hostel providers in Australia, we’ve created the perfect Travel & Accommodation packages for any traveller!


How to get to Airlie Beach

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With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Airlie Beach!

How to get around Airlie Beach

Once your Greyhound bus to Airlie Beach arrives at the Heart of the Reef Transit Terminal on The Cove Road, you’ll find that getting around on foot is easy, thanks to the flat and scenic boardwalk that will take you from the foreshore of Airlie Beach to Abell Point Marina and through to Cannonvale Beach.

There is a daily bus service that runs from bus stops at Proserpine, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour every 30-60 minutes. There is also a taxi rank in the centre of Airlie Beach, and a 24-hour local taxi service.

Itineraries & travel guides