More than just the gateway to the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is jam packed full of awesome things to do. If you are going to the Whitsundays, why not plan to stay a few days or longer at Airlie Beach as well. Even if you are not going over to the Islands it is still worth your while making Airlie Beach a holiday destination.
Backpacker and Family friendly as well romantic, this beach has the lot. There is a huge tropical, landscaped lagoon on the waterfront open to everyone and free which means you don’t need to spend a cent. Of course if you choose to enjoy an ice-cream or even a drink and a great meal after your swim, there are plenty of options for you to choose from.
As well as local food joints that cater to every budget and style, Airlie has quite a few café‘s where you can sit back and enjoy a good coffee. The main street and Airlie Esplanade in particular are alive with food and café option, perfect for catching up with friends or just chilling out.
Morning markets with @juliettewall trying to find passionfruit butter and sweet chilli sauce, instead ending up with a watermelon, dried mango, real passionfruit and a new baby succulent for my windowsill 😌🌴🌞 #airliebeach #airliebeachmarkets #watermelonbaby
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Every Saturday morning 8am to noon along the beachline, Airlie hosts its very own markets. No matter what time of year you go there or what time of the month you will find these markets every weekend. There are heaps of things to look at and buy, from fresh local produce, jams, candles, woodwork, artists selling their wares, local art and craft, clothing and cupcakes, to sorbet, plants, flowers, potted herbs, jewellery and seafood, there is something for everyone.
There are also walking tracks including the Airlie Creek track that starts from the back of town past some beautiful fig trees and to a series of natural rock pools in the wet. This is a good little walk and if you are up for a longer hike you can take the 8km walk that extends from the creek track. There are other walks around Airlie as well, so bring your hiking boots if you enjoy exploring the rainforest.
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A short drive up the coast and you can visit Ceda Creek Falls. These falls are beautiful cascading falls with a swimming hole below them. They are picture perfect and a good example of tropical paradise, so make sure you add them to your ‘To Do’ list. You can also go bird watching with plenty of gorgeous species to spot in and around Airlie beach.
After a day of exploring you can enjoy dining out or a BBQ on the beach. Of course if you would prefer something a little more exciting there is always the jump’n Airlie Beach nightlife. With clubs such as Boom Night Club you can party the night away and get your glow stick on.
With multiple camping sites, resorts, hotels and more backpacker hostels then you can poke a stick at, there are plenty of accommodation options to suit your kind of Airlie Beach getaway. If you go the family option and have fussy kids that only eat McDonnald’s then there are the usual chain restaurants available as well so there are no excuses as to why you can’t enjoy your Airlie Beach stay.
There are heaps of other things to do and explore in the area and the best way to make sure you get to do them all is to stay a week or so. Book your Airlie Beach Holiday now and find out what paradise is truly like.