Travellers may believe that you have to choose between staying on an island or the mainland at Airlie Beach on a Whitsunday holiday but the reality is that you can easily experience the best of both worlds.
Airlie Beach is the mainland hub of the region with a range of accommodation styles, dining options and entertainment, all within a close proximity to the main street precinct. It is also the perfect base for overnight sailing and day tours and is the launch pad of regular ferry services that will get you to your Whitsunday island destination.
Take a short break away from the crowds and discover one of the coastal towns along the Whitsunday Coast. You will find beautiful, calm tropical beaches and coves, National Parks with bushwalking tracks and natural attractions like Cedar Creek Falls, all within a day trip from Airlie Beach.
There are five resort islands offering a range of accommodation from budget to family-friendly and complete lap of luxury options. If you are longing to just get away from it all, you can sleep under the stars at one of the self-sufficient island campsites. Many of the islands can also be visited on day-trip tours where you can make use of resort amenities, snorkel on fringing reefs or sink your feet into white sandy beaches.