As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, located at the base of the spectacular Conway Ranges and looking out to the picturesque Whitsunday islands, Airlie Beach and its surrounds is awaiting exploration by land and sea.
The tropical Queensland coastline offers an abundance of wildlife found among white sandy beaches and luscious hinterland. The turquoise, protected waters of the Coral Sea are a boating paradise and the 74 magical islands of the Whitsundays all offer something unique. To explore by sea, simply set sail or take advantage of the many tours operating all year round.
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Ocean Rafting visits the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. There are two exciting tour options, the Northern Exposure and Southern Lights. Ocean Rafting is the only tour to have direct access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach, and special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience.
Whitsunday Jetski Tours is the newest and most exciting adventure tour in the Whitsundays and is the first and only guided jetski tour operating from Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands. Guests can ride their own radio equipped luxury Honda jetski into the beautiful world heritage Whitsunday Island Marine Park.
Cruise Whitsundays offers an outstanding range of day cruises to make the most of your time in the stunning Whitsundays. The range includes some of the 'must do's' in the region - the Great Barrier Reef Adventure to Knuckle Reef Lagoon, Camira Sailing Adventure visiting famous Whitehaven beach and Island Escape day cruises to breathtaking island destinations. Cruise Whitsundays also provides the most extensive island resort transfer service. Transfers are onboard modern, fast vessels and the friendly crew look forward to welcoming you onboard.
Cruise through the stunning Whitsunday Islands and on to the outer Great Barrier Reef onboard 'Seaflight', the Whitsundays' premier day cruise vessel. Experience Queensland's most innovative and spacious reef pontoon located at Knuckle Reef. Knuckle Reef Pontoon features Queensland's largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber and a giant waterslide.
Experience the wonders of the incredible Whitsunday Islands with a Camira Sailing Adventure day cruise.’ Camira' is one of the world's fastest commercial sailing catamarans, capable of sailing at speeds up to 30 knots! Explore the magnificent Whitehaven Beach and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands National Park on this full day excursion.
Eco Jet Safari is a "MUST DO" unique thrilling and educational guided Jet Ski adventure tour, that you will be talking about for years. Our playground is in the beautiful, unspoilt Northern Whitsunday area, and routes include river ways, deserted beaches, great snorkelling sites, and even movie locations! Driving your own ski gives you the chance to experience the magnificent scenery, and to see fantastic marine wildlife up close and personal, which can include whales, dolphins, turtles, dugongs, rays, etc.
Witness the finest the region has to offer in one half day tour and enjoy the incredible land and seascapes of the World Heritage listed Whitsunday Islands National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from both the air and on the surface. This adventure at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is followed with a spectacular scenic flight over the Whitsunday Passage and a number of islands of the Whitsunday Island National Park group before touching down on the aquamarine waters of Whitehaven Beach for a relaxing one hour visit. For more information please visit www.airwhitsunday.com.au
Some 74 secret pieces of paradise are waiting for you in the Whitsundays and you can now experience them in style. DescaradA Charters offer a tempting island escape within the wonders of one of the most famous boating destinations in the world.
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Based at Shute Harbour, the gateway to the Whitsundays, Whitsunday Rent A Yacht offers an extensive selection of sailboats, catamarans and power boats for exploring the beautiful Whitsunday islands. You can sail or drive yourself on your own charter boat with no boat license required. With their own private jetty and modern facilities, the Whistunday Rent A Yacht team will provide a friendly, personalised service to ensure maximum enjoyment from your Whitsundays charter experience. For more information visit www.rentayacht.com.au
Bareboat Yacht Charters offers cruises in luxury yacht charters on the Whitsunday Islands. You can explore the stunning waters of one of the natural wonders of the world, The Great Barrier Reef or discover the beautiful white-sand beached of Fraser Island. The coast is a perfect playground for fishing, snorkelling, diving or walking.
Schedule a scuba diving and snorkelling tour leaving Airlie Beach to explore the enchanted underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef.
Spend a great day fishing thorough the beautiful Whitsunday islands aboard a fishing charter with your favourite fishing companions.
Get a bird’s eye view of the mesmerising natural wonders of the Whitsundays aboard a helicopter or sea plane.
The central Airlie Beach lagoon is a popular destination comprising of natural and manmade attributes. Its white sandy beach, luscious green lawn, myriad of pathways and bridge all surrounded by tropical landscaping deliver a safe and secure leisure precinct. As popular with the locals as it is with tourists and visitors, this free attraction also offers picnic sites with tables and chairs along with electric barbeques, all close to the action of main street Airlie Beach.
Located between Proserpine and Airlie Beach, just off the Conway Beach Road, is the magnificent Cedar Creek Falls. This sparkling waterfall and fresh water swimming hole is situated amid lush tropical rainforest and is accessible all year round. The short journey also proves a sightseeing experience navigating you through sugar cane fields and green rolling hills.
Experience on foot the majestic and pristine tropical beauty of the Conway State Forest with a short, full-day or extended Great Walk. Starting at Brandy Creek walk alongside seasonal creeks, take in the magical view of the Whitsunday islands, watch for Ulysses butterflies, inhale the pureness of lemon myrtle flowers in the summer and listen for the call of a wompoo fruit-dove as you make your way back to Airlie Beach.
Indulge in a day of fishing at Lake Proserpine, home to some of the biggest Barramundi and Sooty Grunder found in impoundments in Australia. Lake Proserpine is located just 26 kilometres inland from Proserpine.
Marvel at crocodiles in their natural habitat on a fully guided Whitsunday Crocodile Safari. You will navigate the Proserpine River and the local estuaries and wetlands to observe the countless species of native birds, mammals, reptiles and marine animals thriving in their natural environment.
Whitsunday Camels form the regions newest tourist attraction and aim to provide a unique and eco-friendly experience. Whitsunday Camels offer informative themed rides and camel safaris exploring the Whitsunday and Bowen regions.
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