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How to Spend 2 Days in Airlie Beach

How to Spend 2 Days in Airlie Beach

A 2-day trip to Airlie Beach gives you time to explore the small town and get a taste of the nearby Whitsunday Islands. From soaring over the Great Barrier Reef to testing your sailing skills, here’s how to spend two days in Airlie Beach.

Day 1: Explore by Ground and by Air

**Morning:**Begin your visit to Airlie Beach with a stroll along the Esplanade—on Saturday mornings you’ll find markets selling jewelry, clothes, and crafts. If you’re visiting between July and September, you have a good chance of seeing migrating humpbacks on a whale-watching cruise.

**Afternoon:**Take to the skies and admire the Great Barrier Reef from the air on a seaplane or helicopter tour. These tours are typically a few hours long and are a great way to see Whitehaven Beach if you don’t have enough time to sail there; plus, most include free time to relax on the beach after landing.

**Night:**In the evening, opt for a private food-themed tuk-tuk tour, which typically take you sightseeing around town and to several restaurants, where you can try some of the best dishes of the region. Alternatively, take a sunset tuk-tuk tour and ask you guide for tips on where to eat afterward.

Day 2: Set Sail

**Morning:**You could spend the whole day sailing on a yacht, helping the crew as you cruise to Tongue Bay and the Hill Inlet Lookout. A shorter (and faster) alternative is spending just the morning driving a jet ski around South Molle Island.

**Afternoon:**Between the beach and the Esplanade, you’ll find a huge man-made lagoon where you can take a refreshing swim year-round. Another active option is visiting Conway National Park, just minutes from Airlie Beach, which has numerous walking trails winding through rainforest and waterfalls—you might even spot a Proserpine rock wallaby. 

**Night:**Head back to the Esplanade and pick one of the strip’s many buzzing restaurants for a final meal. Naturally, fresh seafood is on the menu at most Airlie Beach eateries. If you’re up for a late night, this is where you’ll find the town’s best bars.

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Whitehaven Heli Tour
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Whitehaven Heli Tour

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Whitehaven Beach is a sliver of white-sand and clear water heaven, but it usually takes a few hours to reach the secluded spot by boat. With this tour, quickly reach the beach by helicopter from Whitsunday Airport. Get aerial views of the Whitsunday Islands on a roughly 15-minute flight, spend some free time on the beach, and head back to the coast. You’ll have plenty of time left in your day for another adventure.
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Shuttle from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach

Shuttle from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach

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Book a shared shuttle transfer from Proserpine Airport to your accommodations in Airlie Beach and the surrounding area. The driver will meet you with a welcome sign and offer assistance with your luggage. Enjoy commentary along the way from the driver. You can also book a return transfer to the airport.
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Private Airlie Beach Tuk-Tuk Tours

Private Airlie Beach Tuk-Tuk Tours

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Explore Airlie Beach on a private tour by tuk-tuk for a fun twist on a traditional sightseeing tour. Just sit back and admire the city as a guide introduces you to the best locales. Select from various tour durations and themes, including a food tour or sunset ride, to suit your schedule and budget.
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Southern Cross Langford Reef Whitsundays Sail

Southern Cross Langford Reef Whitsundays Sail

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The Whitsunday Islands are considered among Queensland’s top attractions—but the coastal scenery can only be best admired from the water. On this sailing experience, cruise the waves aboard the America's Cup yacht Southern Cross, and discover sites including Tongue Bay and the Hill Inlet Lookout. With your captain at the helm, help the crew hoist the sail or relax in the sunshine—with buffet lunch and afternoon tea included.
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3 Day Whitsundays Sailing and Diving Adventure: Kiana

3 Day Whitsundays Sailing and Diving Adventure: Kiana

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Sail across the beautiful and pristine Outer Great Barrier Reef on this 3-day Whitsundays sailing adventure. Visit iconic spots such as Whitehaven Beach, Hook Island, Bait Reef, and Luncheon Bay as you swim, snorkel, dive, and soak up the sun. Enjoy a stress-free trip with all meals and diving equipment provided for you as well as fully air-conditioned cabins to sleep and relax in.
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