Queensland’s celebrated Whitsunday Islands are blessed with a subtropical climate and balmy waters averaging around 26 degrees, making it the ideal holiday destination. Touted the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, the resort town of Airlie Beach offers a diversity of pursuits from snorkelling and diving, to fishing, boating, waterskiing, jet skiing, kayaking and skydiving. Due to its close proximity to the many islands that make up the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is the ideal base to explore the region, with countless accommodation options and a multitude of tours departing frequently from the mainland.
Overlooking the picturesque Whitsundays Passage, Peppers Airlie Beach offers beautifully appointed one to four bedroom suites with a distinctly maritime feel and panoramic views over Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays beyond. Mantra’s collection of hotels, resorts and apartments are located on or near the water in Airlie Beach and feature contemporary hotel rooms and apartments along with exceptional guest facilities including resort swimming pools, fully equipped gymnasiums, tennis courts, BBQ areas, kids playgrounds, poolside bars and onsite restaurants.
If you’re heading out to the islands from Airlie Beach, passenger ferries leave frequently from both the Port Of Airlie Marina and Shute Harbour, allowing you to be transported to Hamilton Island, the heart of the Whitsundays, in just 60 minutes. Or venture out to one of the worlds top five beaches on an excursion to the pristine Whitehaven Beach, a dreamy destination where glittering white silica sand sparkles through turquoise waters that gently lap the shore. Indulge in a gourmet picnic with champagne or pop the question to that special someone.
Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef and discover the colourful world below. Stretching 2,300 kilometres with a total of 74 beautiful islands, many completely deserted; the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is the largest in the world and can be seen from space. World Heritage Listed, the protected waters are home to over 1,500 fish species and 360 hard coral species, along with grass, mangroves and sponge gardens. If you prefer to stay dry you can witness the magic from the comfort of a glass bottom boat or take a scenic helicopter tour.
Or simply make the most of your Airlie Beach resort accommodation relaxing beside the pool or at the bar, and don’t forget to dine out at one of the towns leading restaurants to sample fresh regional cuisine including local seafood sourced straight from the waters of the Whitsundays.