Top 5 Day Trips From Airlie Beach, Australia - Updated 2023

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Airlie Beach is best known for being a jump-off point to explore the Great Barrier Reef. However, it, along with its surrounding areas, also has a lot in store for its visitors. Its beaches, of course, are always worth a visit. If, however, you prefer to go swimming without dealing with sand, you can head over to Airlie Beach Lagoon, a large public swimming pool. If you want a leisurely way of sightseeing, you can traverse the Bicentennial Walk, a roughly 4-km (2.4-mi) path. If you want to get your adrenaline pumping, travel to Whitsunday Islands to go skydiving. You can also explore Conway National Park and Cedar Creek Falls if you want to discover the green side of the area. Check out this list of day trips from Airlie Beach, Australia to help you plan your itinerary.

1. Whitehaven Beach (from USD 138.05)

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This tour package sees you taking a tour on a catamaran to explore fantastic snorkeling spots, including one at the edge of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. After you’ve had your fill of snorkeling, you will then proceed to Whitehaven Beach, where you will be treated to a buffet lunch, which will be followed by a walking tour to Hill Inlet Lookout.

You will then be given free time to do your own exploring or hit the beach before you head back to Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Full-Day Eco-Cruise with Lunch

Duration: 8.0 hour

660 reviews

2. Outer Great Barrier Reef (from USD 196.56)

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This tour allows you to explore the Great Barrier Reef on air and even under the water. The tour, which starts at Airlie Beach, will first bring you to the Whitsundays, where you will enjoy your morning tea while sightseeing on your way to the Great Barrier Reef, where you will be able to go snorkeling and diving. You can also head to an underwater chamber to explore life underwater without getting wet.

If you wish, you can also go on a helicopter ride to see the Great Barrier Reef from another angle.

From Airlie Beach: Cruise and ReefWorld Pontoon Experience

Duration: 10.0 hour

139 reviews

3. Hamilton Island and Daydream Island (from USD 137.93)

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This tour takes you to two destinations. The first is Daydream Island, home of the Living Reef coral lagoon. You will have time to explore the resort and catch sight of sharks and stingrays that have made the area their home.

Your next destination is Hamilton Island, where you will enjoy your lunch and have the opportunity to use the resort’s numerous facilities. You can also go on a complimentary shuttle ride that takes you around the island.

From Airlie Beach: Twin Island Day Trip

Duration: 10 hour

4 reviews

4. Proserpine

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Proserpine, located just south of Bowen, provides a different face of the Whitsunday Coast, one that goes beyond water activities. A visit here will allow you to take a peek at life in a farming town. One of its biggest events is the Harvest Festival, usually held in October, which celebrates the end of the sugar-crushing period at the Proserpine Mill.

Travel back in time when you go to Main Street, which features buildings that have managed to retain their architecture from days long gone. Meanwhile, you can have a picnic at Pioneer Park.

5. Hydeaway Bay

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Hydeaway Bay features a white sandy beach that is 1.5 km (0.9 mi) long, with trees providing shade to beachgoers. Besides swimming, you can go beachcombing, fishing, and boating here. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see manatees, dolphins, whales, or turtles on your trip here. Keep your eyes peeled for land-based wildlife such as wallabies and possums as well.

The beauty of Hydeaway Bay is that it is still relatively unspoiled, so you can enjoy its beauty without having to deal with crowds.

Explore Airlie Beach and nearby attractions

Airlie Beach and its surrounding area offer plenty of opportunities for nature lovers who want to explore water and land attractions. If you don’t know where to head to during your holiday, use this list to help identify what spots to check out in the area, and enjoy all that Airlie Beach has to offer.

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