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Airlie Beach Holidays

Airlie Beach is seen as the gateway to the Whitsundays - 74 spectacular islands in the tropical warm waters of the Coral Sea. Because of its location on the Queensland coast, holidays to Airlie beach combine all the relaxation of an island getaway, with all the conveniences of mainland life. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Shuttle Harbour Road - a bustling promenade lined with souvenir stores, cafes and restaurants. For those who want to keep the evening going, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs to keep you more than entertained.

Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Discovering the Great Barrier Reef is high on everyone’s bucket list and it's easily accessible from Airlie Beach. As the largest living structure on the planet, and home to thousands of different species of marine life, it truly cannot be missed. Austravel offer a huge range of tours, allowing you to discover the pristine, secluded beaches of the Whitsunday Islands on the way to the reef, spend the day exploring the pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet from one of the world's most exquisite lookouts, or enjoy the views of the reef from the cockpit of a seaplane. 

Watersport enthusiasts will feel right at home on a holiday to Airlie beach, with schools offering scuba diving, sailing and kayaking. Don’t worry if you’ve never taken part before, beginners can still enjoy everything from jet ski rides, jet safaris and even ocean rafting. For those whose prefer to spend their holidays on dry land, the newly built Port of Airlie offers a relaxing place to enjoy harbour views, from quiet bars and restaurants, if you can tear yourself away from all the boutiques and designer shopping opportunities’.

Paddling a sea kayak gracefully through the water, following bushwalking trails overlooking the Coral Sea or simply relaxing with a cocktail by the pool, there is something for everyone on a holiday to Airlie Beach.

What to do in Airlie Beach

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Airlie Beach.

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Places to stay in Airlie Beach

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Airlie Beach holiday.

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Queensland Classic Self Drive

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,499 per person

This 15 day itinerary gives you the opportunity to do all of these things - under your own pace driving from Brisbane to Cairns.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

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Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island, Queensland
Whitsunday Islands

Hamilton Island

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Port Douglas

Port Douglas

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Whitsunday Islands

Whitsunday Islands