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Airlie Beach

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Whether you are looking to indulge in a spa day, shop for some local crafts, or go on a bushwalk, there are plenty of things to do in Airlie Beach. Below is a short list of activities we recommend taking part in during your stay in Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is situated in the centre of town. This free public space is the perfect spot for sunbathing, reading a book in the shade, or enjoying a swim in shallow waters. Open year-round, the lagoon provides a stinger-free swim area for adults and a kiddie pool.

You can read about the lagoon in more detail on our Airlie Beach Lagoon 

Airlie Beach Lagoon


Airlie Beach offers a breadth of shopping experiences for your enjoyment. From a stroll through downtown to the Port of Airlie there are shops that cater to everyone’s taste. Buy a new hat, treat yourself to some fabulous art, or simply window shop as you stroll through downtown.

Every Saturday you can enjoy the Whitsunday Saturday Markets, located at 10-20 Airlie Esplanade. Enjoy fresh local foods, gifts, crafts, clothing, and more.


Treat yourself to some self-care after your travels. Airlie Beach and the surrounding area offers a variety of day spas, yoga studios, and skin care facilities. You will find a range of options and prices to suit your budget and needs.


Airlie Beach and the surrounding areas are home to some amazing walking trails. If getting out and going for a hike to picturesque lookouts and hidden gems are on your holiday list, then you simply must put these bushwalks on your itinerary:

Conway Circuit (Formerly Whitsunday Great Trail)

The Conway Circuit, located in the tropical forest of the Conway National, provides spectacular views of the ocean and insights into the lush tropical forest all around you. Walk by seasonal creeks, spot butterflies, and let your senses expand as you walk the various trails throughout the park. 

Mt Rooper/Swamp Bay

The Mt Rooper/Swamp Bay circuit takes you through a mixed forest up to the Swamp Bay lookout. Take in the panoramic views of Daydream and North Molle island before looking down to enjoy the coral-strewn beach below.

Honeyeater Lookout Trail

The Honeyeater lookout trail is a moderate steady climb hike, roughly 8.2kms return. Once you reach the top you will have amazing views of the Coral Sea Marina and Airlie Beach.

You can download a full list of Whitsunday National Park walks from the Queensland Government site here.

There are also many walks located on the Whitsunday Islands, including, Chance Bay, Dugong – Sawmill Track, Bauer Bay to Spion Kop, Whitsunday Peak, Hill Inlet Lookout, Border Island Walk, Whitsunday Cairn, Solway circuit, and Langford Island Lookout walk.  Click below to see our exclusive Sailing Walking Tour.

Honeyeater view