Airlie Beach is a pleasant coastal relaxation sandbeach, despite of the captivating beach, there are more fantastic activities to do around the area. This is the gateway to the famous Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding Whitsunday Islands, and the start point of many interesting day trips, cruises, island trips and more. The mainland also has many options for families to enjoy relaxation, nature viewing or making an adventure.
Proserpine River is a charming river system in the area. You can find the classic inter-tidal ecosystems of the wetland with many native species including the estuarine crocodiles. The best way to enjoy the natural settings is through one of the many cruising lines across the river. The trips give you chances to get close to the nature and the crocodiles.
The Goorganga Wetlands are a well-preserved natural habitat for the local flora and fauna. It is situated close to the Proserpine River. The specific Australian climate makes the wetlands a distinctive one with saltpans, pastures, melaleuca forests and marine mangroves. Wagon train tours are available to explore the verdant place.
If you are interested in the wildlife, the iconic Barefoot Bushman’s Wildlife Park is just 8km away. It is well-known as the most comprehensive wildlife park in Queensland. In this 10-acre-park you will see 8 kinds of reptile animals including crocodiles, and other Australian animals as water birds, owls, cassowaries and koalas. Crocodile feeding shows and bird aviaries are available together with many other attractions.
From July to September, Humpback Whales pass Airlie Beach during their migration. They raise their young around the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. The trips are prepared to give you the chance of wondering at their living habits closely.
Each Saturday, community markets are held along the esplanade and the foreshore of Airlie Beach. It is from 8 am to nearly 12 am. The markets provide varied local goods including souvenirs, handicrafts, clothes, jewelry and artworks. This is the ideal start point of a leisurely day in Airlie Beach.