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Best Places To Stay In Airlie Beach

     Welcome to 5 Star Villa Holidays, the No.1 website for renting luxury villas in Airlie Beach. Relish a restful coastal retreat with easy access to the Whitsunday Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and so many other sensational experiences on land and water.

     Here's all you need to know about what to do in Airlie Beach and the best places to stay whilst you're there.

      Uncover the dazzling natural beauty tucked away in Airlie Beach, the gateway to one of Australia's most spectacular regions. Nestled between Cairns and Brisbane with the sublime Whitsunday Islands and Coral Sea brushing its shoreline, Airlie Beach offers unforgettable experiences for all ages.

      Popular with travellers exploring the best of Northern Queensland, Airlie Beach is packed with tropical delights. From the uninhabited tropical islands of The Whitsundays to the ancient rainforests which fill the area's national parks and the endless opportunities to spot wildlife in its natural surroundings, including more brightly coloured tropical fish than you can count, you'll find it all here.

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Why choose Airlie Beach?

     This is a place of record-breaking wonders. Beyond Airlie's beautiful beaches lie 74 dreamy Whitsunday islands and the endless marine wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef. Journey into the hinterland to discover magnificent national parks rich with exotic fauna, gigantic waterfalls and dense tropical rainforest.

      Head north to Cairns and the Daintree Rainforest to trek through the oldest living rainforest in the world. Or take a trip south towards the Gold Coast where you'll find a staggering range of wildlife, foodie and adventure experiences along the coastal road. On days of rest, Airlie's divine beaches await, brimming with options for relaxation or thrilling watersports.

     Airlie itself is a bustling coastal hub. The ancestral lands of the Ngaro and Gia people, Airlie's central location makes it the beating heart of the region. It's a buzzing beach town with tropical weather, a relaxed vibe and golden shores which are always busy.

     You'll enjoy trendy beachside cafes, top restaurants, artisan craft markets and lively bars, each populated by the owners of the stylish yachts which flow in and out of Airlie's marina and port.

      Complementing the luxe of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach holiday houses are divine spaces. Boasting majestic ocean views, lavish facilities, gorgeous pools and easy access to the marina or port for all yourWhitsunday Islands excursions, they're the pampering retreat you want at the end of a busy day. If you want to stay further into the lush green hinterland, the option is there too.

     Whichever you choose, you can always be sure of first-class facilities and mesmerising vistas day and night.

     For the perfect base from which to explore the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns and more, Airlie's golden shores make an ideal coastal setting.

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Best things to do in Airlie Beach

     Though you could while away the days relaxing on its shores, Airlie Beach opens the way to a huge range of unique experiences in nature. Here's our top picks of the best things to do and see in Airlie Beach.

Best things to do in Airlie Beach:

Best local attractions:

     The Whitsunday Islands & the Great Barrier Reef
Positioned close to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Island, the Coral Sea is guaranteed to be the first place you go on arrival.

     Airlie Beach is the exit and entry point for the Whitsundays' 74 dreamy islands. With almost all uninhabited these picturesque islands, scattered amongst the Great Barrier Reef, offer extraordinary getaways with each delivering its own unique experience.

Whitehaven Beach

     Head to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island to experience one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the world. Sparkling white, Whitehaven's 4 glorious miles of soft sand is composed of 98% pure white silica giving it a gleaming finish which looks spectacular against the glass-blue Coral Sea.

     The best thing to do? Enjoy a gourmet lunch on the sand then hike to the top of Hill Inlet to drink in the cracking views across this majestic island setting.

     Though Whitehaven is jaw-droppingly beautiful, there are 74 other isles to see. How to get around? Here and on Airlie, kayaks, jet skis, catamarans, helicopters and sea planes are the transport of choice.

     You can charter your own catamaran and sail around the islands at your leisure. For an evening experience, spend a night sleeping over the Great Barrier Reef on your own luxurious yacht. For sole travel, whizz around the isles on a jet-ski or at a more leisurely pace in a kayak or on a paddle board.

Top Whitsunday Islands to visit

     Top Whitsunday Islands to visit include a flight over Heart Reef for iconic pictures of the Whitsunday's naturally-formed heart-shaped reef (if you want to propose – this could be the ideal setting). For more romance in spades, Vlascoff Cay is a deserted isle where you can spend 90 minutes picnicking, swimming and wandering your very own desert island.

Hayman Island

     If you're travelling for love or in the mood for up-scale pampering, Hayman Island is a favourite for weddings with amazing resort facilities, including world-class dining and out of this world spas.

Lady Elliott Island

     For wildlife, Lady Elliott Island is the top pick. Teeming with marine wildlife, you'll be amazed to see manta rays with wingspans as wide as 7m and jump at the chance to swim with minke whales. Of course, the see-through waters of the Great Barrier Reef make spotting so much of its awesome marine wildlife truly special .

Hamilton Island

     Hamilton Island is another favourite for animals, this time on land. On Hamilton Island you'll find local koalas, dingoes, birds and kangaroos being cared for in its sanctuary. You can get up close to the animals and even breakfast with koalas if you visit in the morning.

Mon Repos

      Schedule your visit right at Mon Repos and you could witness loggerhead turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs or baby loggerheads running into the sea after they've hatched.

      And that's just 5 of the 74!

     These waters are of course, teeming with tropical fish and marine wildlife in every colour, shape and size. That means both on the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach, snorkelling and swimming are must-do activities with monumental dive sites, (mostly congregated around Hook Island and Hayman Island) such as The Pinnacles and The Woodpile, unmissable destinations.

Airlie Beach

     For lazy days, Airlie's four glorious beaches lined with palms are the perfect place to relax. Sitting at the bottom of rolling hills covered in lush green vegetation, its a picturesque scene. Cannonvale Beach at one end, is the biggest with its own swimming enclosure. At the other, Boathaven Beach delivers serene coastline that's often almost empty.

     Airlie Beach lies in the middle with the town's iconic lagoon behind.

     The crystal-clear waters of the Coral Sea mean watersports are one of the most popular things to do. You'll relish everything from sailing lessons to snorkelling, skydiving, jet skiing, ocean rafting at 65km/h, kayaking and paddle boarding.

Airlie's man-made lagoon

     Airlie's man-made lagoon has multiple pools of different depths and type. You'll appreciate 4.5 million litres of fresh water accompanied by picnic areas and landscaped gardens. Popular with locals and travellers, the lagoon's a lively place to hang out with beer gardens edging its borders.

     For rousing walks, Bicentennial Walkway stretches all the way along the coast, from Cannonvale Beach to Airlie Beach with lots of picturesque scenes and marine life to spot through the glass-like sea water along the way.

     Alternatively, the 27km Conway Circuit, which can be steep in places, takes you through rainforest and streams as you travel from Airlie Beach to Proserpine. Or hike up to Honeyeater Lookout for the best vistas across the Coral Sea and Whitsundays.

The Tropic

     Another divine, right on the ocean eaterie is The Tropic which almost feels as if you're in the water.

Whitsundays Country Golf Club

      If you like golf, you'll revel in the collection of superb golf courses in the area. The 18-hole championship Whitsundays Country Golf Club has legendary views out to sea. Meanwhile, Proserpine Golf Course in the hinterland is renowned for the opportunity to play close to local wildlife.

Clarke Range

     As evening falls, sunset cruises are a must whilst each day brings the opportunity to experience new terrain. Head west into the hinterland where you'll find Conway National Park and Proserpine with the giant peaks of Clarke Range behind.

      Proserpine is home to the ancestral lands of the Gia people. Here you'll find Dryander National Park in one direction and Conway National Park in the other.

Conway National Park's

     Trek across Conway National Park's many trails which take you through majestic waterfalls, staggering rainforest, beaches, streams and bays. You'll find picnic areas in places and lots of great views out to sea and across the Whitsunday Islands. Hike to the top of Cedar Creek Falls for amazing views if you dare.

     For other days, there's an endless feast of treats to experience along the coastal road.

     From the sugar cane factory in Mackay bordered by its own sugar cane fields to the sight of kangaroos hopping along the beach for their morning stroll at Cape Hillsborough to gigantic Wallaman Falls, Broken River's platypuses or the crocodiles, minke whales, wallabies en route to the Daintree Rainforest at the other end the road, there's so much to see and do.

Best restaurants

     With easy access to an amazing array of fresh local produce and seafood, Airlie Beach is a foodie dream.

      Top Airlie Beach restaurants include Fish D'vine for just-caught seafood and mouthwatering cocktails served up in glorious surroundings or Hamilton Yacht Club's Bommie for spectacular fine dining beside the water. For adventurous Aussie dishes in lively surroundings, book a seat at KC's Bar and Grill where crocodile, kangaroo and emu are all on the menu. For Asian fusion head to Cool La La then finish the week with a magnificent Italian feast at Sorrento Restaurant and Bar.

Best places to stay in Airlie Beach, Australia

     Enjoy sublime views across the Coral Sea and over the Whitsundays from divine luxury accommodation. Discover a superb range of stunning luxury holiday houses to suit families, couples and groups of every size.

     From centrally located retreats close to Main Street for quick access to the port, sensational holiday rentals nearer town favoured by families or serenity in the hinterland, you'll enjoy luxurious rental accommodation with first-rate facilities for an unforgettable stay.

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Airlie Beach, Australia Holidays: Why go?

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Best airport for travel to Airlie Beach:

      The best airport for Airlie Beach is Proserpine Airport (also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport) or Hamilton Island Airport which is the Whitsunday Islands' main airport.

When is the best time to visit Airlie Beach?

     Visit Airlie Beach at any time of the year and you'll find a glorious tropical climate yet there are some events you may wish to schedule your travel around. For the humpback whale migration, you'll need to visit between June and August (migration is at its peak in August). During these months there are also lots of sailing events to enjoy.

     For loggerhead turtle nesting, arrive from late November to January for the laying of eggs and February to March for hatching.

     Bear in mind September and October are the busiest months whilst November to December are quieter. January to March is rainy season with daily showers adding an extra layer of interest to the network of waterways which criss-cross the Whitsunday Islands.

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