Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays. Every day, holidaymakers head out from the marina, in search of sun, sand and tropical reef. But the Port of Airlie is so much more than a launchpad to the islands, in fact, it’s a tourist destination in its own right.
Admire the scenery at Above and Below Gallery:
Photographer, Brooke Miles captures this incredible region from above and below the surface. Her aerial photography gives you a bird’s eye view of the Whitsundays and her underwater photos are simply mesmerising.
Set aside some “me” time at Vartamana Yoga and Spa:
This is a space where you can truly relax and unwind. Whether you’re stretching out in a yoga class or indulging in a beautiful spa treatment, Leah and her team will help you look and feel amazing.
Grab a coffee with a dash of adrenaline from Rufus & Co Café:
This spot is your one-stop-shop for your morning pick-me-ups. This airy café in Airlie serves up delicious coffee, hearty breakfasts and wholesome smoothies, just to name a few. While you’re sipping on your latte, you can ask one of the friendly staff to book you in for a tour with GSL Marine! They offer island and jet ski tours, plus scenic flights.
Enjoy a long lunch at La Marina:
If you’re a fan of authentic Italian cuisine, you have to try La Marina. Joe and his family have created an incredible menu, that showcases family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. They’re open for dinner 7 days a week and they serve up lunch Friday through to Sunday. This isn’t the only spot in Airlie where you can enjoy Joe’s hospitality. Paradiso Rooftop Bar and Restaurant is a cool cocktail bar that overlooks the ocean. It’s the perfect spot to spend an afternoon and of course, you can settle into the evening there too!
Book a home-away-from-home at the Mantra Boathouse Apartments:
From the minute you arrive, you’ll instantly ease into holiday mode. These spacious units feel like your own tropical retreat. There are two and three-bedroom apartments available and they are all self-contained, which means they’re perfect for families or group getaways.