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What are the best things to do in Airlie Beach?

Cruise the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are a gorgeous collection of islands that you can discover while travelling on Airlie Beach packages. This island group is located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and is just a stone’s throw away from Airlie Beach. A variety of tour operators offer trips to the Whitsundays; some as day trips and others as multi-day live-aboard cruises. Diving and snorkelling are a must-do in the Whitsundays to see the vibrant coral of the Great Barrier Reef up close. Places to see in the Whitsundays include Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, and Hamilton Island.

Spend a day at Conway National Park

Airlie Beach isn’t just about the Whitsundays and beaches – the region is also home to some incredible rainforests. Plan a day trip to Conway National Park when you book Airlie Beach holiday packages. The main feature of the park is its sprawling rainforests on the Conway Peninsula. Stroll through the rainforests and take in views of the Whitsundays from the various lookout points. Visitors holidaying on Airlie Beach packages might also come across one of the secluded beaches.

Hike the Airlie Beach Coastal Walk

Take in some gorgeous views along the Airlie Beach Coastal Walk, also called the Bicentennial Walkway. The path stretches for four kilometres along the Airlie Beach waterfront overlooking the bay. It begins at the Airlie Beach Lagoon in the CBD and leads to Cannonvale Beach, west of town. The Airlie Beach Coastal Walk is on a well-maintained boardwalk, making this an easy and relaxing outing. Allow yourself about 45 minutes each way if you choose to complete the walk while visiting the region on Airlie Beach holiday packages.

What is the cost of visiting Airlie Beach?

There are several costs to budget for when you book Airlie Beach accommodation and flight packages. Hotels in town are available in a range of prices, from budget-friendly stays to high-end boltholes. Typically, mid-range hotels and accommodation in Airlie Beach are around $150 AUD per night. Save a bit of cash by reserving Airlie Beach holiday packages through Webjet, which combines your airfare with the cost of your accommodation - leaving you with some extra spending money in your pocket. After booking your hotel and accommodation in Airlie Beach, you can also book a rental car through Webjet. Rental cars start from about $60 AUD per day.

Airlie Beach is the jump-off point for the Whitsundays, and many of the area's top attractions are centred around the Great Barrier Reef. Day tours of the Whitsundays are a great experience for those booking Airlie Beach packages and who have never moved about the islands before. Budget about $200 to $250 AUD for a cruise of the Whitsundays that also includes an activity, like snorkelling. You could also see the Whitsundays from above by booking a scenic flight for about $250 AUD.

Food and drink are other costs to plan for when you book Airlie Beach accommodation and flight packages. A meal from a casual restaurant costs about $16 AUD, a latte comes to about $5 AUD, and a pint of beer or glass of wine averages $8 AUD.

When is the best time to visit Airlie Beach?

Airlie Beach’s location in the tropics means it experiences pleasant weather all year. If you book Airlie Beach holiday packages in summer, you'll experience hot and humid weather with temperatures of about 31°C. This is the rainy season in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays, but there are plenty of clear, sunny days too. Plus, the extra rainfall means you’ll see the nearby rainforests and waterfalls at their most lush by booking Airlie Beach packages at this time.

In the winter, Airlie Beach gets very little rain with daytime temperatures of about 23°C. The nice winter weather and clear blue skies make this a great time for hiking. It’s also a popular time to book Airlie Beach holiday packages as people look to escape the colder winter temperatures in the southern states.

September and October are the busiest times to book Airlie Beach accommodation and flight packages. Temperatures start to warm up, though without the humidity, once spring begins its welcome arrival. Daytime temperatures of about 27°C make this a nice time for both snorkelling and hiking when you book hotel and accommodation in Airlie Beach.

How much time should I spend in Airlie Beach?

Those with time for only a quick getaway should look to spending three to four days in Airlie Beach. This will give you time to take in the sights of the town, spend a day in the Whitsundays, and even check out a nearby rainforest or national park. If you have some extra days up your sleeve, consider booking Airlie Beach packages for a week. Spend a few days on the mainland, then head out to the reef where you can make the most of Webjet hotel deals on various Whitsunday islands.