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

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

After pickup from your accommodation, head to the marina in Airlie Beach by bus. Board the custom-built catamaran and enjoy fresh, homemade, gluten-free brownies as a morning snack. The first stop is at one of the area's many beautiful reefs to go snorkeling. Be blown away by the vivid colors, bountiful fish, and coral formations of the Great Barrier Reef's outer fringes. This spot offers a quieter way to experience the UNESCO-protected reef. Then, head to the second snorkeling spot on the northern tip of Hook Island. With your guide, discover the area's underwater valleys, caves, and a variety of marine life. Continue to Whitehaven Beach for a buffet lunch of zucchini frittatas and quiche lorraine served with cold sliced meats, cheeses, salad, and fresh bread. After lunch, join a guided bush walk and history talk to Hill Inlet Lookout, located at the northern end of the beach. Admire the world-famous spot where white sands and turquoise waters blend in a unique swirling effect. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach and soak up the scenery. An afternoon snack of fresh fruit will be provided before the scenic journey back to Airlie Beach by boat. Be dropped back at your accommodation at approximately 5:00 PM.

From Airlie Beach: 1-Hour Whitsunday Islands Scenic Flight

2. From Airlie Beach: 1-Hour Whitsunday Islands Scenic Flight

Board a modern airplane for a scenic flight to remember above the Whitsunday Islands. Benefit from a modern aircraft, in-flight commentary, and return transportation from Airlie Beach. Take a 60-minute scenic flight with guaranteed window seating and in-flight pilot commentary, and enjoy aerial views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands off the north coast of Queensland. Fly above the islands for stunning views of all the landmarks, such as Shute Harbour, Molle Islands, Long Island, Dent Island, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island, Hill Inlet, and make 2 passes over Whitehaven Beach. Experience the dramatic natural aquarium of the Great Barrier Reef from a different perspective. Fly over the famous Heart Reef, nestled amongst the bright colors and patterns of Hardy Reef. Return to the mainland and land at Proserpine Airport, where a complimentary shuttle bus transfer can take you back to Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

3. Airlie Beach: Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

See the wonders of the Whitsundays without getting in the water. Cruise around the best coral reefs around Airlie Beach with your family or friends on a tour that is suitable for all ages.  Enjoy a photo opportunity stop at Lions Lookout prior to your departure. Marvel at the views over the harbor and the stunning Whitsunday Islands and add a charming portrait to your holiday photo collection. Then, venture out on a glass-bottom boat that is fully shaded from the sun. Discover breathtaking coral worlds and marine wildlife such as turtles, rays, and a kaleidoscope of tropical fish. Explore the valuable ecosystem that lives within the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Get up close and personal with a spectrum of vibrant hard and soft coral and underwater critters as you cruise through the idyllic islands. Listen to funny and informative commentary about the reef from your guide.

Airlie Beach: Cedar Creek Falls & Northerlies Beach Day Trip

4. Airlie Beach: Cedar Creek Falls & Northerlies Beach Day Trip

Soak up the incredible nature of Airlie Beach on a day tour to Cedar Creek Falls and Northerlies Beach Bar. At Cedar Creek, swim in the rockpools, surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, and hike to the top. Relax at Northerlies Beach Bar over lunch with views of the Whitsundays and the Coral Sea. At Cedar Creek Falls, get back to nature and see white cedar trees, Alexandra palms, wild orchids, colorful butterflies, and birds. Your experienced guide will take you on a walk to the top of the falls where you can climb over the rocks and take a dip in the refreshing clear natural pools. Continue to Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill. Relax over a long lunch, or while away the afternoon with a drink in hand overlooking the Coral Sea. Northerlies is the perfect venue to chill with family and friends, with plenty of space, a dedicated kids menu, and friendly staff in a unique building.

Whitsunday Helicopter Tour: Flight + Whitehaven Landing

5. Whitsunday Helicopter Tour: Flight + Whitehaven Landing

Get an orientation tour of the Whitsundays Islands by helicopter on a 30-minute, scenic flight from Airlie Beach. Fly over some of the most stunning island scenery in Australia, getting aerial views of the 74 Whitsunday Islands en route to Whitehaven Beach. Get an in-flight commentary from your pilot as you fly over landmark attractions, such as Hill Inlet, Shute Harbour, the Molle Islands, Long Island, Dent Island, Hamilton Island, Daydream Island and your ultimate destination, Whitehaven Beach. On landing, laze on the white sands of Whitehaven Beach and look out at the beautiful blue waters of the Coral Sea. Benefit from 1.5 hours to enjoy the sparklingly clean sands, and experience Australia's top-rated beach firsthand. Journey back to Proserpine Airport, where a courtesy bus can take you back to Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach BBQ & Hill Inlet Adventure

6. Airlie Beach: Whitehaven Beach BBQ & Hill Inlet Adventure

Experience a memorable day tour to Whitehaven from Airlie Beach. On the scenic journey over, you'll pass many spectacular Whitsunday islands, cross the Whitsunday Passage and cruise the full length of Whitehaven Beach. The fast vessel glides through the water and will keep you safe and dry in any conditions. There is space to sit upstairs with the captain, inside the saloon or on the main deck. A bar service and toilets are also on board.  The tour spends 5-hours at Whitehaven's North and South Beaches. Here, enjoy an Aussie Beach BBQ consisting of satisfying steaks, sausages, chili rissoles, salads, and tropical fruits. Enjoy your meal in the shade of the trees, or dine on the sand. There is proper crockery and cutlery too. Share your dining experience amongst the wildlife including goannas and birdlife. The day tour also visits Hill Inlet Lookout for the spectacular and outstanding views, so don't forget your camera. After a full day of exploration, return to Airlie Beach for the end of the tour.

Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach Seaplane Tour

7. Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach Seaplane Tour

Discover the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach with this seaplane tour from Airlie Beach. Enjoy a stop to explore this World Heritage-listed location and savor a freshly-prepared lunch. Your experience starts with pickup from selected locations. Board the seaplane and soar over the Whitsunday Islands, admiring aerial views of Heart Reef, Hill Inlet, and more. Listen to the in-flight commentary as you cruise towards Whitehaven Beach. Land at a private location in Hardy Lagoon. Relax on the beach, go snorkeling, or paddle across the calm waters on a stand-up paddleboard. Enjoy coral viewing in a semi-submersible vessel, with an underwater viewing chamber, sun and shade deck areas, and easy access to the water. Swim in the refreshing waters and explore the coral gardens teeming with marine life. During the stop, you’ll enjoy lunch served on the beach. At the end of the trip, board the seaplane back to Airlie Beach, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel.

Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour with Whitehaven Landing

8. Great Barrier Reef Helicopter Tour with Whitehaven Landing

When you see it from the air it’s easy to understand why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The amazing array of colors is something that’s best experienced on a helicopter tour. This 2.5-hour program begins with a scenic helicopter flight, taking you to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll also have fantastic views of the Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach. In addition to seeing it all from above, you’ll land at Whitehaven Beach, where you’ll have 90 minutes to explore Australia's finest beach at your leisure. Sights you’ll see during the tour include Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Hook Reef, Hayman Island, Hook Island and Daydream Island.

From Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Hinterland and Beach Bus Tour

9. From Airlie Beach: Whitsunday Hinterland and Beach Bus Tour

Make the most of your Whitsunday Islands holiday by taking some time to explore the verdant hinterlands as well. Get picked up directly at your hotel in Airlie Beach for an excursion to the cool Cedar Creek Falls, Cape Gloucester's quiet coast, a local coffee plantation, and a secluded beach. Ride on an air-conditioned bus from your accommodation toward your very first stop: Cedar Creek Falls. Take a dip in the freshwater swimming hole, gaze at the seasonal waterfall, and hike to the top of the falls for an amazing panoramic view of the area. Move on to a coffee plantation for an optional. morning tea at your own expense. Meet the birds and animals in the menagerie before heading over to your next location. Stop for a break at Cape Gloucester and purchase lunch at the resort if you're feeling hungry. Finally, relax on a secluded beach away from the crowds of the Whitsundays. Head back to your hotel and arrive by 2 pm to take advantage of the rest of the day.

From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

10. From Sydney: 21-Day East Coast Tour to Cairns with Lodging

Travel by private coach from Sydney to Cairns, so you can see more, do more and have the best experience the East Coast has to offer! There are lots of stops along the way for walks, waterfalls, quirky towns and to spot wildlife where it should be - in the wild. Stay in amazing boutique resorts, safari tents, hostels and eco-lodges. A variety of meals are included as well as some incredible activities such as a 3 day 4WD Safari on K'Gari (Fraser Island), 2 nights sailing in the Whitsunday Islands, local food and wine tastings, and an Aboriginal cultural experience where we give back to the local community.Y You’ll travel with a local guide (who will share their insider knowledge) and a bunch of like-minded travellers (who will become lifelong friends) and explore everything that Aussie has to offer in style!

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What people are saying about Airlie Beach

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 298 reviews

The staff bent over backwards to what they promised and in rough weather made the experience totally fun. I have medical problems and Scott looked out for me and helped my all day. What an asset! Loved it.

Amazing day… Amazing crew! Boat-hand and host Ian was FANTASTIC! Definitely made the adventure a great one to remember. Awesome energy and all round great nature. High recommend Red Cat adventures!

It is a 100% Musthave! Like in a fairy tale! Besides, our wonderful pilot let us,really enjoy the divine nature

once in a lifetime experience, you have to do this! 10/10

Very amazing experience. Felt very comfortable & happy.