Airlie Beach is the perfect base for exploring the Whitsundays. The truly inviting town is part of a picturesque peninsula that stretches out into the Whitsunday Passage and overlooks the crystal clear waters of Pioneer Bay. Airlie Beach is blessed with breathtaking views, a gorgeous coastline and a spectacular array of activities, what better place to stay while enjoying all the Whitsundays have to offer.

Where is Airlie Beach?

The town of Airlie Beach is surrounded by villages, resort towns and 74 stunning islands that make up the Whitsundays. Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are located on the North-East Queensland coast, Australia, between Mackay and Townsville. As Airlie Beach is situated just 350 kilometres from the Tropic of Capricorn it's not hard to imagine why this tropical township is such a popular destination to visit.

Map of Airlie Beach

Map of Airlie Beach and surrounding Whitsundays

More specifically, Airlie Beach is located between Cannonvale and Shute Harbour and situated towards the bottom of the gentle slopes of the Conway Ranges. The closest major airport, Whitsunday Coast Airport, is found approximately 30 kilometres in the adjoining region of Proserpine. Airlie Beach also has two wonderful marinas, Abel Point Marina and Shute Harbour and is surrounded by some of Australia's most famous islands including Whitsunday Island, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island (See Airlie Beach Map).

Due to Australia's large distances between destinations, Airlie Beach can be found 1135km north of Brisbane and 650km south of Cairns. When driving to Airlie Beach on the Bruce Highway, you will have to take the Proserpine exit and travel an extra 20km towards the coast. Other approximate driving distances to Airlie Beach from major Australian cities include, 1850km from Sydney and 2450km from Melbourne.