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Where to stay in Airlie Beach

VacationRenter offers 266 holiday rentals in Airlie Beach, and we’re confident that you’ll find a property that fits your budget for your next adventure. Whether you’re seeking a flat near Coral Beach, a room in a hostel close to Conway National Park, or you’re looking for a place that also gives you close access to Melbourne — our goal is to help you find exactly what you need. Our website lists a wide selection of holiday homes from top travel sites such as Vrbo, HomeAway, Booking.com, and many more. Want a private pool, need a washer and dryer, or seeking specific amenities? Simply filter your search results with the click of a button! Finding your dream vacation rental at a reasonable price has never been this easy. Before you know it, you’ll be travelling to Airlie Beach in no time.

Where Is Airlie Beach?

Airlie Beach is a small beachfront community located three hours south of Townsville. The Whitsunday Coast Airport is 30 minutes west of Airlie Beach and offers direct domestic flights from Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Small planes also fly from here directly to Hamilton Island. Taxis or busses run between the airport and the beach.

What Is Airlie Beach Known For?

The town of Airlie Beach is best known as the main entry point to the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, with the whole area generally known as “The Whitsundays.” Airlie Beach offers a wide variety of accommodations and entertainment for holidaymakers of all types and budgets, including segway tours, jet ski rentals, boat charters, kayaking, and paddleboarding — just to name a few. In addition to drawing scuba divers to the Reef, the area has become a premier boating destination. The private Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbor provides flightseeing tours and a private plane landing space. The natural beauty of the area is striking with clear, turquoise waters and dark green foliage.

What to See in Airlie Beach

  • Shute Harbor Road: The main road of Shute Harbor Road runs parallel to the shore, separating the beach and lagoon from the town. This area maintains the highest density of restaurants, shops, and accommodations. Shute Harbor Road splits off into Airlie Esplanade at its southeastern end, just a short walk from where the Whitsunday Saturday Market takes place near the beach.
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon: A huge, man-made public pool in Fairy Tree Park, Airlie Beach Lagoon can be found downtown, at the edge of the beach. Amenities include showers, changing rooms, picnic benches, and grassy lawns.
  • Coral Sea Marina: A picturesque, palm-tree lined marina resort with 520 berths, Coral Sea Marina includes restaurants and 65 tour operators. It’s located on the northwest edge of Airlie Beach. Port of Airlie on the other end of town is the port for ferries heading to Hamilton, Whitsunday, or the Molles.
  • Conway Conservation Park: South of town proper and occupying the Conway Peninsula is a natural reserve of Conway Conservation Park, crisscrossed with moderate walking trails that offer expansive views of the coastline and Whitsunday Islands.

Popular Destinations Near Airlie Beach

  • Whitsunday Islands: One of the main draws to the area is the marine park archipelago of Whitsunday Islands, made up of 74 islands between the coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island is the iconic postcard image of the area with a wide bay, bright white sand, and calm turquoise waters increasing in depth and tone. Hamilton Island Airport is a small airport with flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Hamilton Island contains the most development of any of the islands including accommodations, restaurants, and activities.
  • Cedar Creek Falls: Thirty minutes southwest of town is a scenic spot in the rainforest known for its waterfalls and swimming holes. Cedar Creek Falls offers a nice respite from the heat and hustle of Airlie.
  • Dingo Beach & Hideaway Bay: Neighboring beach spots 40 minutes northwest of Airlie, Dingo Beach and Hideaway Bay are two beautiful and quiet tropical beaches.

Best Neighborhoods in Airlie Beach

  • Airlie Beach: The center of it all — Airlie Beach offers everything a vacationer could want, from accommodations and restaurants to bars, nightclubs, and tour operators. Though there is actually a beach in Airlie Beach, it is best not to swim there unless you come prepared with a stinger suit. You can instead opt for a man-made lagoon-style pool downtown that can meet your swimming and splashing needs.

Home-types in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach has a variety of property types for you to consider when booking a trip. Here are the most popular property types in Airlie Beach: