The Whitsunday Coast is an ideal jumping off point for the Great Barrier Reef which is located 50 km from Airlie. Cruises leave Airlie Beach on a regular basis taking in all the sights. Cruise Whitsundays and Fantasea Cruises both offer a chance to see the reef at its best. Snorkelling, semi-submersible and glass bottom boat rides, helicopter scenic flights and dive opportunities are all available with both companies. Cruise Whitsundays 24 The Cove Road, Airlie Beach +61 4946 4662 www.cruisewhitsundays.com.au Fantasea +61 4967 5455 www.fantasea.com.au
In this Queensland rural town, the museum is worth visiting, as is Proserpine Lake, or Peter Faust Dam, as it is better known. Ideal for water sports and fishing for the popular barramundi, you may also fancy a local eco tour. Take one of the Whitsunday Crocodile Safaris up the Proserpine River.
This attraction is a 30 km track through the Conway State Forest. The main routes are from Brandy Creek to Airlie Beach, however, there are also short trips from Brandy Creek car park. Wander through this magical countryside and see a range of wildlife including the wompoo fruit-dove.
Visiting the town of Bowen is like stepping back into the 1940’s or 50’s, unpretentious, with wide streets. A good place to make for is the Historical Museum packed full of artefacts said to be one of the best museums in Central Queensland well worth visiting. Bowen Courthouse, built in 1883, is also impressive. The beaches lie 2 km north of town. Queens Beach has a stinger net for the jellyfish season and Horseshoe Bay is good for swimming or snorkelling.
This breathtakingly beautiful tropical area is perfectly explored by boat. The region is famous for its sailing and, of course, it is a dream come true to sail around the islands and enjoy your vacation the best way possible. If you’re not a sailing expert, you can include staff with your hired boat and get time over for scuba diving while they navigate and cook for you. Sailing Whitsundays:
Experience tropical beaches and relaxed days in the sun at the 74 islands along the coast. While some of them have holiday resorts you can just check in (e.g. Hamilton Island, Hayman Island), others are rather untouched and provide the ideal opportunity for a getaway. Just choose your match!
The beautiful sea and colourful reefs provide a unique chance for scuba diving. Join a tour to some of the greatest spots in area and explore what's under the surface. Also budget travelers don't have to miss out on the underwater experience - just grab a mask and snorkel to meet some tropic fish. Sailing Whitsundays:
This casual, cool modern Italian restaurant is known for its handmade pasta and garlic bread and where the chef prepares the food by the freshest and finest quality ingredients. The restaurant is also worth a visit for breakfast when they serve sweet treats such as crepes filled with caramelised banana, mascarpone cream.
Marina Cafe serves a range of food and drinks, fresh drinks such as fruit and vegetable juices and barista-made coffee and tea. Here you can enjoy a late night snack to relaxing jazz tunes while overlooking Catseye Beach. This laid-back cafe is perfect for families or groups of friends.
If you are into sport, Mangrove Jacks Café/Bar shows major sporting events on a giant flat screen. If hungry, they serve a wide variety of traditional pub favourites, such as fish & chips and chicken parmigiano. You will find this venue on Airlie Beach's main street.
Airlie Beach shops are open seven days a week and you should be able to buy everything you need from fast food to furniture. Shute Harbour Road in Airlie has an amazing range of shops and a family store packed with goodies. There are over fifty shops in and around this area and on Saturdays, a fantastic market takes place behind Main Street.
Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP) is the nearest airport to the Whitsunday Coast. It lies 26 km away from Airlie Beach which equals roughly 30 minutes by car. Both taxis and coaches meet all flights. There is a shuttle bus service that you can pay for a one-way fare or return to Airlie Beach.