The Whitsundays enjoys a unique laid back tropical atmosphere, but that is not to say the crew will be short of something to do during their stay. The natural beauty of the Whitsunday hinterland is certainly worth exploring and perfect for those crew who have been at sea for a while and want their feet planted firmly on dry land.
Airlie Beach is a vibrant tourist town and as such has a host of leisure, shopping and dining options to keep everyone entertained. The beauty of the Whitsundays is you can do as much or as little as you want and you will always have a great time!
For more information on any of the crew activities suggested below, please do not hesitate to contact our superyacht concierge.
- Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
If you are looking for ways to maintain health and wellness whilst in the Whitsundays, there are some great gyms which have 24-hour access and permit casual attendance. Try Airlie Fitness or the Fitness Venue, both of which have regular classes and fully equipped gyms, located in neighbouring Cannonvale. Tennis Whitsundays has courts for hire mid week, including equipment. Yoga Therapies or Vartamana Yoga have sessions available daily and take casual bookings. Goodness Gracious the health food store, holds a wide range of health food and supplements and Bohemian Raw Café located in the marina itself boasts a great range of smoothies, acia bowls and raw salads for breakfast and lunch daily.
If you need a beauty treatment, your hair cut or coloured or you just want a relaxing day at the spa, Airlie Beach has a range of options to choose from. Our recommendations are Serenity Spa or Intuitive Massage for all your massage and beauty treatments. For hair cut and colours, we recommend Guys & Dolls Hair Studio or Adam & Eve, both are easily accessible from the marina and have a great reputation. Nailz by Design can attend to your manicure or pedicure needs and if you are looking for an all-day spa session and a taste of luxury, helicopter to qualia resort on Hamilton island and experience their 5* luxury day spa facility.
- Walking Tracks
If you are into fitness and hiking, there are some fantastic walking tracks in and around the Airlie Beach/ Whitsunday mainland. The Honeyeater Track is a very popular track with locals, accessible via the top of Kara Crescent in Airlie Beach. A good level of fitness is required for this track, which takes around two hours round trip, but you will be rewarded with stunning views over Airlie Beach and out to the Whitsunday islands when you reach the top. Set off early and take plenty of water. The Coral Beach walking track down at Shute Harbour is another great track, as well as the Mount Roper track on the way to Shute Harbour. Further afield the Brandy Creek walking circuit is a great rainforest walk for all levels of fitness, accessible via the turn off on Brandy Creek Road.
- Mountain Biking
As well as great walking tracks, the Whitsundays is scattered with some great options for mountain biking also. The Conway Circuit is a good place to start, again accessible via the Brandy Creek turn off and with over 27km of track which if you travel the entire distance will bring you out at the back of the township of Airlie Beach. The Honeyeater Track accessible from Kara Crescent is also a favourite with local mountain bikers. The Bicentennial Boardwalk from Cannonvale to Airlie Beach is a great place for non-serious riders to start, a leisurely 3km round trip takes you along the waterfront through Abell Point to the neighbouring suburb of Cannonvale.
- Explore National Parks
Explore National Parks
If you are looking for a real Aussie experience, hire a car and head up to Eungella National Park near Mackay. Here you can stay in cabins in the mountains and head out at sunrise to spot a platypus in the wild. The Pinnacle Pub is a must visit for the ultimate Aussie meat pie experience and on the way home stop in to Cape Hillsborough national park where you will be amazed at number of native wallabies gathering on the beach at sunset. Closer to port is Cedar Creek Falls, which after a rain event is simply stunning for a fresh water swim. On the way back head to Conway Beach for a walk along the beach, fly a kite or grab a coffee at George’s Diner before heading home. Cars can be hired from Hertz in Airlie Beach.
- Wine & Dine
Wine & Dine
There is no shortage of places to eat in Airlie Beach. Some of our favourites are La Tabella for Italian, Fish D’Vine for seafood and Little Vegas Burger for the best gourmet burgers in town. For something a little more sophisticated try Hemingway’s, Walter's Lounge both of which were awarded Chef Hats in 2018. For a long lunch with a difference, drive out to Northerlies at the Freedom Shores Resort in Woodwark or Monte’s Reef Resort at Hideaway Bay, both offer a unique al fresco dining experience right on the beach. For something casual and delicious try Sorrento in the marina or Anchor Bar, which has a great swimming pool and views back over Airlie Beach. There are certainly other restaurants to try in Airlie Beach, but these are our pick of the best.
Airlie Beach is a tourist town packed with restaurants and bars for the crew to enjoy whilst berthed at Abell Point. Sorrento Restaurant & Bar and Hemingway’s within the marina precinct itself make the perfect spot for sunset drinks or a relaxing meal after a long day working on the boat. For those looking to venture into Airlie Beach local favourites are bars such as The Boat House, Anchor Bar and Breeze Bar. Anchor Bar and Shed Bar are infamous for their Sunday sessions and there are a couple of night clubs located on the main street for those who want to continue the party. A favourite with locals and tourists alike is Irish pub Paddy Shenanigans, whereas major sporting events will be shown at Magnums and Beaches on the main street.
- Adventure Thrill Seekers
Adventure Thrill Seekers
For those looking at adding some excitement to their life, check out Airlie Beach Skydive. Operating from Whitsunday Airport a jump with their experienced crew gives access to some of the best views in the Whitsundays. Airlie Adrenalin Adventures located in the south marina, have a range of jetski, jetboat, skydive and helicopter packages to choose from where you can experience the best adrenaline tours available in the Whitsundays. For helicopter flights over Heart Reef, contact the team at Abell Point Marina and we can book you a private tour departing from our marina helipads, through our flight partner Helireef.
If you want to experience Australian wildlife in it’s natural environment then book into the Proserpine Croc Safari. This day tour takes you out by boat along the Proserpine River, which has the highest population of salt water crocodiles per kilometre than any other waterway in Queensland. The experienced guides will then take you on a tour of the neighbouring wetlands showcasing a range of native plants, birds and animals. The day concludes with fresh damper bread and billy tea – a great Aussie experience. If you want to get up close and interactive, then Bredls Wild Farm is a family run day tour operating in the Whitsunday hinterland of Bloomsbury. Here you will see huge salt water crocodiles up close, feed wallabies, hold snakes, lizards and if you are very lucky cuddle a koala.
- What's On
Airlie Beach Markets are held every Saturday morning on the foreshore in Airlie Beach and offer unique gifts options, fresh local produce, clothing and custom-made jewellery to name a few. For those who like to start the day with exercise, Airlie Beach Park Run is held every Saturday morning departing from outside Hemingway’s restaurant at 7am, anyone is welcome to join. Barefoot bowls is a real Aussie experience and is held every Friday night at the Airlie Beach Bowls Club in the Jubliee Pocket, grab a group of you and head down for some fun on the green. For those not sick of the water, the Whitsunday Twilight Races are held every Wednesday at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, arrive at the club around 3pm and you will find yacht owners looking for casual crew.