Explore our local region
The area surrounding Airlie Beach is a natural paradise with abundant marine and wildlife, great fishing, tucked-away seaside villages and unique experiences on offer. There's so much to see and do if you stay on in our local region beyond your boat charter! Whether barra fishing, snorkelling with dugongs, a day at the beach or a fresh seafood lunch is top of your list, it's all within an hour's drive of Airlie. Here are some top spots to visit, and cap off a perfect Whitsundays charter holiday:
A feature of the Port of Airlie marina at Airlie Beach, Boathaven Beach is situated on the peninsula known as The Beacons and boasts some 60,000 cubic metres of soft white sand, along with a northerly aspect.
Man-made Boathaven Beach was specially designed to remain sandy in all tides, offering perfect year `round swimming conditions. It’s a delightful spot to swim and sunbathe while enjoying views out to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands and it also has a grassed parkland area which is ideal for picnicking. And when it’s time for some shopping or dining, the adjacent marina features a series of restaurant, cafes and shops.
Cedar Creek Falls
About 45 minutes' drive from Airlie Beach, Cedar Creek Falls are spectacular during the summer wet season. But year 'round, you can enjoy a freshwater dip in the swimming hole at the base of the Falls.
Enveloped by a natural amphitheatre, the surrounding flora and fauna is diverse. Birdlife is abundant, while in the water you're likely to spot freshwater turtles and fish.
There are several bushwalking tracks up and around the Falls, so you can find a secluded spot and enjoy a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature.
Conway Beach is situated at the mouth of the Proserpine River and is a renowned spot for fishing and crabbing. You'll catch barramundi from February to October; along with king and blue salmon, flathead, bream, prawns and mudcrabs.
Its southerly aspect makes Conway Beach a great place for kite-flying and the township hosts an annual kite-flying competition. With barbecue picnic areas, a long stretch of sandy beach, a caravan park and access to the fantastic fishing opportunities of the Proserpine River, this is a great place for all the family.
It's a scenic 30 minutes' drive from Airlie Beach through the Whitsunday hinterland to the laidback coastal settlement of Dingo Beach.
Local facilities include an excellent boat ramp, swimming enclosure, picnic and barbecue areas by the beach and a children’s playground. The Dingo Beach Pub is a great place to sample fresh-caught seafood, and on Sunday afternoons it's buzzing with the sound of live music.
Dugongs feed off the fringing reef just off the mainland where lucky snorkellers can spot them.
A spot of beach fishing, overnight camping or a leisurely stroll along pristine coastline? Just 40 minutes' drive from Airlie Beach, the township of Hideaway Bay has it all, along with two resorts and lovely beaches. Monte’s and Cape Gloucester Eco Resort both have beachfront accommodation with the beach at Monte’s (pictured right) perfect for a swim, and the pool at Cape Gloucester a family favourite.For something different, Eco Jet Safaris operate out of Hideaway Bay and offer a great way to experience the marine wildlife and local flora and fauna of the mangroves, creeks and ocean on the back of a jet ski.
Traditionally a cane grower’s town, Proserpine offers a selection of activities sure to delight visitors. The Proserpine Museum is run by locals with varied exhibitions about mining, tourism, farming and the early settlers.
Watersport enthusiasts and fishermen particularly enjoy Peter Faust Dam (pictured right), west of Proserpine. Or for coffee, homemade cakes and savouries, try Whitsunday Coffee Plantation on the town's outskirts.