Located in the very heart of The Whitsundays, beautiful Airlie Beach never fails to top Australia’s must-see lists – and for good reason. From white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters to cascading waterfalls and towering cedar trees, there are countless spots for you to discover.
Whether you’re a daredevil or a nature lover, this little slice of paradise truly has something for everyone. And what better way to explore than by hitting the winding coastal roads and finding all that Airlie has to offer. A driving holiday to beat all others, simply head to Europcar and pick up your ride, pack your adventuring spirit and be on your merry way.
From breathtaking scenic flights to nail-biting extreme sports, it’s time to take on Airlie Beach with our top four tips:
With its sparkling waters and unique coral formations, you’ll love the Great Barrier Reef from above. A breathtaking 60-minute flight with local tour operator GSL Aviation takes you across all of the best sites of the Whitsundays and its 74 islands. From luxe resorts dotted around sandy outcrops to the famous jewel toned Heart Reef, the scenery never fails to delight and inspire.
On board your very own personal high wing aircraft you can enjoy a window seat, pilot commentary and unrivalled views across the vivid blue ocean – truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Do you fancy yourself as something of a daredevil? Well, you’re certainly in for a treat. Don’t miss the chance to experience Australia’s most beautiful drop zone for yourself, hurtling through the sky and freefalling at over 220 km/hr for 60 exhilarating seconds. What better way to soften your fall than by floating under canopy for 5-7 minutes and soaking up the breath-taking views. Skydiving in Airlie Beach offers The Whitsunday’s only beach skydive at an astonishing altitude of up to 14,000ft, where you’ll drop directly over the crystal clear waters and sparkling white sands of the Great Barrier Reef.
This one’s recommended only for the brave of heart…
From the 8th-14th of May, The Whitsunday Islands set the scene for an epic week-long event of sailing and SUP. What’s SUP, you might ask? That’s stand up paddle boarding, the exercise craze that’s taken the world by storm – and what better place to try your hand at this exciting sport than the crystal clear waters of The Whitsundays.
It’s as simple as grabbing your mates, choosing a boat, and challenging yourselves to an endlessly entertaining week of stand up paddle boarding. You don’t need to be a professional to try your hand at The Whitsunday SUP Challenge, with two divisions, Competitive and Cruising, allowing both serious and not-so-serious paddlers to compete side by side with competitors of equal ability. Time to get onboard!
If you’re looking for an adventure that’s a little less extreme but equally impressive, just hop in the car and head for Cedar Creek Falls. About half way between Airlie Beach and Proserpine on Saltwater Creek Road, this spectacular site is set in an impressive natural rock amphitheatre. Here you’ll enjoy spectacular waterfalls in the wet season and abundant flora and fauna including majestic white cedar trees, Alexandra Palms, wild orchids, colourful butterflies and countless beautiful birds.
The waterhole is an easy walk from the parking area with a number of bush walks available for the more energetic of the bunch. All that’s left to do is pack your bathers and a towel and glide into the cool clear waters of the falls.
Whether it’s braving dizzying heights to skydive over the blue waters of The Whitsundays or trying your hand at a challenging new sport, Airlie beach is the gateway to a world of fun.