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Things to do in Airlie Beach

The Whitsundays is the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and Airlie Beach certainly puts the beat in that heart.  With a variety of tours and activities operating from the rainforest to the reef and everywhere in between, your next adventure awaits.

No visit to Airlie would be complete without exploring the town and surrounding Coral Sea aboard our 1hour amphibious Aquaduck tour. Once you jump off the Croc-Bus why not check out some of these other fantastic local tours and attractions.

Ocean Rafting

Feel the adrenalin rush as you explore the Whitsunday passage and inlets with Ocean Rafting.

Get set to hold on and go fast as you jet across the sea on the inflatable semi-rigid ocean Rafting speed machine.
Tours with ocean rafting are not all white knuckles and salt spray. Escape the crowds as your small group touring adventure takes you exploring Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, as well as snorkelling reefs and guided walks through the Whitsunday Island National Park.
There are two itineraries to choose from departing from Coral Sea Marina from 8.45am.

Tall Ship Adventures

Feel the wind in your hair on a sailing cruise aboard Tall Ship adventures

The sails are hoisted as you cruise through Whitsunday Passage and through the northern bays of the Whitsunday islands. Snorkelling in the waters off Hook island, you may even be lucky enough to have a sea turtle encounter of your own. Your full day eco tour includes a relaxed morning tea and lunch onboard the ship.

Absolute Airlie

Explore the secret side of the Whitsundays with Absolute Airlie

The friendly team at Absolute Airlie offer a range of small group full and half day bushwalking tours suitable for everyone from families to retirees.
Explore ancient rainforests, coastal scrublands, refreshing waterfalls and coral beaches as the crew take you off the beaten track to explore the natural beauty of the Airlie beach region. 

Why not purchase our combo deal including absolute Airlie’s ‘All things B-eautiful’ half day tour along with our 1hr Aquaduck tour.
This combo includes pick up from your hotel and drop off in town in time for your Aquaduck tour.


Cruise Whitsundays

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef and get up close and personal with Nemo on an outer reef cruise with Cruise Whitsundays.

Spend a full day at Heart Pontoon set on the fringe of Hardy Reef. Spend your day snorkelling and diving the Great Barrier Reef exploring the unique marine ecosystem that make the reef a world heritage listed wonder and the world largest living structure.
The Great Barrier reef is home to 1625 species of fish, giant clams over 120 years old, and over 600 species of coral.  The reef is also home to 6 of the world’s 7 species of marine turtles. So you will want to bring your underwater camera.

Your full day tour includes all your snorkelling gear, semi-submarine guided tour, Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. You can choose to add on a helicopter flight over the famous heart-shaped reef while you are at Heart Pontoon.

Take in the spectacular view of the Whistundays and Great barrier reef from above on a scenic aircraft or helicopter flight with GSL Aviation Airlie Beach

Get your camera ready as your photo reel is about to be filled with insta worthy shots of the turquoise waters, whispy white sandy beaches and mesmerising reef. You may even be lucky enough to capture a turtle, dugong, Whale or other marine life. The team from GSL aviation offer your choice of either helicopter or light aircraft flights and flight times range from 30minutes to 2.5hours depending on which option you choose.

After all these adventures nourishing your soul you’ll need to nourish your body too. The waters of The Whitsundays are abundant with some of the tastiest fresh seafood in Australia and the award winning team at Fish D’vine know how to prepare it just right. The chefs expertly prepare your chosen seafood to accentuate the signature flavours and compliment your marine fare with other locally sourced produce. If an ocean catch is not to your fancy, there are plenty of other options to choose from on the menu and a drinks list that is sure to quench any thirst. If good food, cold drinks and a relaxed atmosphere is what you’re looking for, be sure to check out Fish D’vine. We hear they make the best Mojitos outside of Cuba too!

We hope our list of fun things to do in Airlie Beach has inspired you to take that next adventure.
Whether you are a local, have an upcoming trip already booked or are in the process of planning a trip to Airlie we can promise you that the friendly locals, stunning scenery, laidback lifestyle, great dining and abundance of tours and activities will ensure you have a fantastic holiday or weekend getaway. We look forward to seeing you in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef soon.