Airlie Beach Whitsunday – Australia

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Airlie Beach Whitsunday area – Queensland, Australia

One of the blogger’s lifestyle genres is travel blogging.  Come along on our road trip from the Sunshine Coast to Airlie Beach Whitsunday area, Queensland Australia.

Airlie Beach is the entry to the area known as the Whitsundays which consists of 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven wonders of the World.

Airlie Beach
Our favorite car – we drove our red car, but not this one

We are traveling with our long-time friends Joyce and Noel.  Joyce was my bridesmaid, and we have been friends since around the age of 14.  We live at opposite ends of the country, so this time together is very special.

We travel the 1100 km in two cars, breaking the trip to overnight in Rockhampton. Being excited to get to our destination we are not stopping to sight-see along the way.

Mid-afternoon we drive into Airlie Beach.  We had read reports and been told to expect the area to be just a backpacker’s town. Those reports may have been true once, but not now. We are pleasantly surprised to find modern facilities, boutiques, restaurants and coffee shops  lining the streets. The abundant holiday accommodation varying from 5 star to budget is situated along the waterfront or studded throughout the steep hillsides that overlook the sparkling bay. Right away our senses are engaged with the relaxed tropical feel of the laid-back atmosphere. It immediately registers that we should have booked a longer stay.

Our hillside accommodation is quite good and comfortable, we love having this beautiful view.

Airlie Beach balcony view
Beautiful view from our balcony

Airlie Beach Whitsunday highlights of our three days

Whitehaven XPress

This is the day we have been waiting for, the main reason that we have come here to Arlie Beach.  We are booked on an all day tour with Whitehaven XPress.

Airlie Beach - Whitehaven XPress

Arlie whitehaven-beach map
Map source: Whitehaven XPress

What an outstanding day this is, we are picked up from our accommodation and taken to the boat.  The four of us find comfortable seats near to each other. I was concerned about motion sickness, but despite a good swell at times, there was not a hint of it.

The attitude of the crew can make or break a trip like this.  The Whitehaven XPress crew added so much to our enjoyment of the tour.  They were friendly, available and always telling us about interesting points and facts along the way.

First stop was the seven kilometer Whitehaven Beach famous for its white silica sand. The beach is situated on Whitsunday Island, the largest in the region and is a National Park.

Whitehaven Beach 7 kilometers of white silica sand
Whitehaven Beach 7 kilometers of white silica sand

The award winning beach is 98% silica making it some of the purest is the world. The sand does not retain heat and so is comfortable to walk on even on the hottest day. Geologists don’t know how this white silica sand got here. The surrounding rocks do not contain silica in them so the sand has mysteriously collected and washed in from the ocean.

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Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island National Park
Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island National Park
Whitehaven Beach Bush
Shady bush borders Whitehaven Beach

The very competent crew from Whitehaven XPExpress set up and cook an awesome BBQ in the

Monitor lizard
Lizards around 3ft long

shade of the trees. So welcome and delicious.  The main competitors for our meal were the cheeky Monitor Lizards.

A Beach BBQ- (1)
The crew cook an awesome BBQ lunch

Hill Inlet Lookout

Back into our boat and we now go to the Northern end of the beach to Tounge Bay. The tender boat takes us to the shore where we start on the climb through the bush and up the hill. It is a good path and reportedly suitable for all fitness levels.  Confession – I needed to catch my breath halfway up the steps, but it really was not too hard and so worth it.

What is so good at the lookout?

Tourism Whitsundays describe it like this,  “As the tide shifts, the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking mosaic.”

Lookout at Hill Inlet
Lookout from Hill Inlet
Mosaic of blended sand and water
Mosaic of blended sand and water

The best view of this breathtaking scene would be to fly over and see it all at once. Listening to the comments from those around me they were as impressed as I was. Saying that you could not even paint a picture as beautiful and as inspiring as this scene before us. We look and learn from the Master artist creator.

Snorkel and Glass Bottom Boat

Back to the boat and we move to the top of the map. As we travel the snorkellers put on their equipment, provided by the tour operators. We who did not want to snorkel for various reasons were not left out. We were taken in the glass bottom boat to see the fish and to view the amazing coral reefs.

I was impressed by Whitehaven XPress for their environmental care. For example to help us see the fish close up they used and approved burley to draw the fish.  We were further educated about the coral and its regrowth. Snorkellers were instructed not to stand on any of the coral as this can put the regrowth back by years if they crush it with their feet.

Blue-Gold Fusiliers (Caesio teres) in the reef
Blue-Gold Fusiliers (Caesio teres) in the reef (Fotolia)
Coral reef near Whitehaven Beach in Whitsundays
Coral reef near Whitehaven Beach in Whitsundays (Fotolia)

As this tour came to an end around 5pm, our thoughts were ‘when can we do this again.’

Thanks to Whitehaven Crew for giving us an unforgettable day.


Cedar Creek Falls

We take the 30 minute drive to the Cedar Creek Falls from Airlie Beach Whitsunday. The falls should be flowing well from the heavy rains that had been falling for several days before our arrival.

We drive through some scenic landscape and past sugar cane fields, turning off onto a road leading deeper into the bush over a causeway flowing with water.  We arrive at the secluded waterhole draped with a beautiful veil of water cascading into the pool.

Cedar Creek Falls
Cedar Creek Falls
Airlie Beach Cedar Creek Top of falls
Top of the falls

Do you know why you feel better at the beach and near waterfalls?  These are environments that produce negative ions. “Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.” (Source:

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing this part of the world with us. It is hard to do it justice so come and see for yourselves.

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