Things to See and Do
Near Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
With its 74 magnificent Whitsunday Islands and easy access to the incredible Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is a launching pad like no other for Whitsundays tours. Here you can do everything from snorkel and scuba dive, to take a helicopter or seaplane flight, ocean raft, bushwalk National Parks and sail on a famous maxi yacht. Our comprehensive tour information desk, booking office and our exceptionally…
With its 74 magnificent Whitsunday Islands and easy access to the incredible Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach is a launching pad like no other for Whitsundays tours. Here you can do everything from snorkel and scuba dive, to take a helicopter or seaplane flight, ocean raft, bushwalk National Parks and sail on a famous maxi yacht. Our comprehensive tour information desk, booking office and our exceptionally knowledgeable staff are ready to help you explore the islands, mainland and Great Barrier Reef and answer any questions you may have. More good news is that if you are a BIG4 Club member you’ll enjoy a 10% discount off selected Whitsundays tours when staying and booking through BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort!
Featured Things to See and Do
Distance is calculated by point to point and if landmarks, water ways or rivers are nearby then the distance may be further by road.
Airlie Beach is the mainland base from which to explore the magnificent Whitsunday Islands ... 74 national park islands offering spectacular scenery, beautiful fringing reefs and amazing beaches. You'll find famous resort destinations such as Hamilton, Hayman, Daydream, Long and South Molle but a 'must see' is Whitehaven Beach ... 7km of pure white silica sand! There are literally hundreds of tour options available.
Great Barrier Reef
No visit to Airlie Beach would be complete without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef. There are several tour options available which include snorkelling, diving or for those that don't want to get wet, semi-submersible boats. But a scenic flight is without doubt the most incredibly breathtaking experience of a lifetime.
Airlie Beach is colourful, cosmopolitan and inviting. The community of Airlie Beach is the mainland gateway to the Whitsundays for holiday action and relaxation. Enjoy the coastal village atmosphere Airlie Beach has to offer, the community craft markets every Saturday morning on the foreshore and some of the many bush walks available through Conway National Park.
Enjoy a different Whitsunday experience and escape to the tropical refuge of the Conway Range. The Whitsunday Great Walk takes you on a 30km journey through Conway State Forest, starting at Brandy Creek, and finishing at Airlie Beach. Highlights of the Whitsunday Great Walk include wandering through majestic tropical rainforest, relaxing by seasonal creeks, and looking beyond coastal townships to the Whitsunday Islands. With tracks of varying distance and difficulty, everyone can explore the Conway Range. The entire Great Walk is a three-day escape, but you can choose shorter walks that are linked to the main track. Two short walks can be accessed from Brandy Creek. Walkers camps are located along the Great Walk. The two main camps, have access to toilets and drinking water. It is essential to book campsites in advance and obtain a camping permit from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) before you begin. Please contact us for more details on walkers' camps and permits.
Fishing is very popular in the Whitsundays for locals and visitors alike - choose from reef, game and mangrove angling. Enjoy an all inclusive chartered day trip, hire your own dinghie including all the gear or head inland for giant Barramundi at Peter Faust Dam.
See the magical Whitsunday Islands from above in your choice of helicopter or seaplane. Enjoy the thrill of a water landing on the Great Barrier Reef or Whitehaven Beach, see the best of both worlds combining your day with snorkeling or landing at the exclusive Hayman Island Resort for a day of indulgence.
Fully crewed overnight sailing experience
Looking for the ultimate Whitsunday experience? There is probably no better way than to spend a few days and nights sailing or cruising the magical Whitsunday waters. Wake up to the sunrise at Whitehaven Beach, enjoy lunch in secluded Mantaray Bay and sunset at Lovers Cove.... choose from 1 night upto 6 night cruises and everything in between all meals and linen included. Ask about our special deals on overnight vessels!
Whether you are a qualified certified diver, looking for your first diving experience or would like to complete your diving certificate, there are numerous options available for diving around the Whitsunday Islands or Great Barrier Reef.
from 28 August, 2009 to 29 August, 2009
In 1999 a small band of Airlie Beach enthusiasts formed the Whitsunday Triathlon Club, and with help from the Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, immediately set about organising the first community triathlon. The number of competitors in the inaugural race was 75 and that initial success set the scene for an annual event which has grown from a small sprint distance triathlon to a multi-event weekend with over 250 competitors in 2007. In addition to our Sprint Distance Triathlon (750/20/5), consistently sanctioned by Triathlon Queensland and recognised as the NQ Sprint Distance Championship, the weekend also includes The Business Teams Challenge, The Junior Triathlon for ages up to 13, The Open Water swim and The Beach Volleyball Challenge.
Bowen Family Fishing Classic
from 19 September, 2008 to 20 September, 2008
Now in it's 17th year, the 2008 Bowen Family Fishing Classic is the biggest family fishing competition in the country. Held on Bowen's beautiful front beach, the event not only offers recreational anglers the chance to compete for a host of fantastic prizes, it provides the whole family with the opportunity to play and be entertained over an entire weekend in the Climate Capital of Australia.
Whitsunday Light Tackle Game Fishing Tournament
from 05 November, 2008 to 08 November, 2008
The Whitsunday Game Fish Tournament is an eight kilogram light tackle tournament, sanctioned by Queensland Game Fishing Association. It is a team and individual event with many prizes and trophies up for grabs. It is a tag and release tournament of Billfish with a limit of other game fish species being allowed to be weighed in per team per day, but must equal or exceed line class.
Whitsunday Reef Festival
from 14 October, 2009 to 17 October, 2009
Four days of jam packed fun in and around Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays including family fun activities, street parade, fireworks, sand sculpting competitions and much much more.
Christmas in July
from 24 July, 2009 to 24 July, 2009
Join us at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort for our annual Christmas in July event. With the traditional spread of mouth-watering cuisine topped with bon-bons, Christmas hats, carol singing and other surprises, it's an event not to be missed...