10 Best Places to Stay Airlie Beach


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The 10 Best Places to Stay Airlie Beach


1. Freedom Shores

First up on the list is Freedom Shores. At Freedom Shores, you can choose from various air-conditioned suites, including the boat bungalows complete with ocean views or a larger beach shack with multiple beds. Amenities include an outdoor pool, wireless internet, concierge services and spectacular views from the terrace and garden. Not only does Freedom Shores provide excellent accommodation options and stunning views, but it is also only a 10-minute drive from Conway National Park and Cannonvale Beach. From our experience, this is one of the best places to stay Airlie Beach can offer.

2. Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort

We present the Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort as one of the top picks on our best places to stay Airlie Beach list. While not the most affordable accommodation in the region, the Intercontinental is extremely hard to beat if you are looking for a luxury holiday or planning a few special nights in a dream location.

Located on Hayman Island, the beachfront hotel is just a few small steps from the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef. Staying here will provide you with an unforgettable luxury experience in the heart of the Whitsundays. On the 400-hectare private island, you will be surrounded by crystal clear waters, lush rainforests and have plenty of options to book iconic experiences from the water or air. The landscape and accommodation are not the only thing that will take your breath away; the hotel completes the lavish island experience with five world-class restaurants, bars, and a luxury spa. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, the Intercontinental should definitely be on your list of places to stay in Airlie Beach.


3. Daydream Island Resort

If you are looking for a luxury island resort experience at a slightly more affordable price, look no further than Daydream Island Resort.

The island resort is situated right in the heart of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. With unlimited access to non-motorised aquatic activities and a 200-metre-long coral lagoon wrapping around the hotel, soak in the sun and take in the stunning views across the Whitsundays. The hotel also boasts three restaurants and bars serving up a variety of cuisines. The accommodation options are just as impressive as the landscape, with packages for destination weddings, family holidays and private suites. If you are looking for a 5-star experience complete with personal touches in a pristine setting, Daydream Island Resort is hard to miss.


4. Mantra Boathouse Apartments

Slightly cheaper than our first two luxury options but still on the more expensive end of a travellers budget, the fantastic four and a half star Mantra Boathouse Apartments will have you longing for nothing. You can choose from two or three-bedroom options which come fully equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities, spectacular views over the Coral sea and insanely comfy beds. The apartments are ideal for couples, groups, and families with an abundance of space and amenities. Inside the grounds, there is something for everyone with a swimming pool, sundeck, tennis court, BBQ facilities and a children’s playground. We consider the Mantra Boathouse the best place to stay in Airlie Beach for those wanting an apartment-style setup and close proximity to heart of Airlie Beach


Accommodation Options for Families

When it comes to holidaying with the kids, you want to stay somewhere that is relaxing, comfortable, and offers plenty of activities for the whole family. The great thing about Airlie Beach is the surroundings provide a natural playground to explore, and there are plenty of great accommodation options catered to family holidays.

5. Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach

With free water park access, including an outdoor and children’s pool, what is not to love about Discovery Parks – Airlie Beach. At Discovery Parks, there are plenty of activities to choose from, including spotting local wildlife, arcade rooms and bushwalks only a few kilometres away in the Conway National Park. The Port of Airlie and main town are just as accessible if you plan to explore the town or head out for an ocean adventure. The friendly resort staff are there to help you with all your needs, including booking various tours, including cruises, flights, and day trips. From cabins to pet-friendly sites, you will find everything you need for the family at Discovery Parks Airlie Beach.

6. Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort

How could we make a list of the best places to stay Airlie Beach without including a tropical eco-resort?

Nestled in the tropical Conway National park, the Big 4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Resort offers a range of accommodation options to suit every traveller’s needs. Choose from studios and lodges with kitchenettes and ensuites or book unpowered sites complete with camp kitchens and barbecue facilities. The resort is also pet friendly and finished with a pool and outdoor play equipment. With a variety of activity and accommodation options, this is one of the best places to stay in Airlie Beach for families.

7. Mantra Club Croc

Are you looking for the best place to stay in Airlie Beach for both you and the kids? Well, we have got the pick for you.

While it may not appear like the most obvious choice for a family at first glance, the great thing about Mantra Club Croc is that it provides amazing accommodation in a beautiful location complete with childcare services. Yes - you heard right - at Mantra Club Croc, there are available childcare and babysitting services should you wish to go exploring without the kids!

The hotel is wrapped in a traditional façade complete with accommodation that provides all the modern finishes and conveniences for your stay. Conveniently located on Shute Harbour Road, the hotel is a short walk to the shopping centre and the main strip of Airlie Beach. Choose from views over the pool, gardens or coastline and enjoy the amenities such as complimentary wireless internet, pool, spa, BBQ facilities and a gymnasium.


8. Airlie Beach YHA

Although Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are full of outstanding accommodations options, there are also plenty of Airlie Beach Places to stay for those on a budget.

With dozens of restaurants and attractions within half a kilometre, the Airlie Beach YHA is the perfect place to stay for backpackers or budget travellers. If you are looking to get out and make the most of your time in the Whitsundays, the hostel is a great place to meet travellers far and wide and a great starting point for any Airlie Beach Adventure. The hostel provides various room options, including double and twin rooms with private balconies and multi-share rooms. Airlie Beach YHA also offers free Wi-Fi, a pool, kitchen, laundry, and dining rooms. With friendly staff and excellent reviews online, this is one of the best places to stay Airlie Beach for those looking to make the most of their money.

9. Colonial Palms Motor Inn

Save your pennies in style with the Colonial Palms Motor Inn. Right in the heart of Airlie Beach, the Colonial Palms is only 2 kilometres from the Port of Airlie and 15 minutes’ walk from Boathaven Beach and Airlie Beach Market. This family-friendly motel provides all the amenities you need and all-important air conditioning if you are visiting in the warmer parts of the year. The property also offers free parking, a pool, and complimentary breakfast before you set out for your Airlie Beach adventures.

10. Airlie Beach Hotel

Still unsure of where to stay in Airlie Beach? Airlie Beach Hotel provides a well-rounded experience to suit all kinds of travellers. From al fresco dining options to beachfront balconies, the Airlie Beach hotel takes advantage of the pristine beachfront and bustling village life. Complete with ocean view dining and a short walk into the heart of town, the four-star hotel is the perfect launchpad for any Airlie Beach holiday. Sip a cocktail by the pool or contact the friendly staff to book an adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. You will be hard-pressed to run out of things to do when you stay at the Airlie Beach hotel. If you are looking to get in and out of town, don’t forget the take advantage of the shuttle bus service and baggage storage.


Looking for a way to soak up the waterfront views and beautiful coastline of Airlie Beach? Look no further than the Bicentennial Walkway. At approximately 4 kilometres, this walk is popular among locals and tourists alike. Feel free to take a coffee break or enjoy a meal by the waterside with plenty of cafes and restaurants dotted along the way. As the pathway follows the coastline almost the whole way, you might even be so lucky to glance down at some of the local marine life. Relatively flat and enjoyed at your own pace, it is the perfect place to take in the coastal beauty of Airlie Beach and enjoy the Seabreeze on a hot Queensland day. Free of charge and with endless coastal views, this is one of the best free things to do Airlie Beach.

So, there you have it: our ten best places to stay in and around Airlie Beach. Whether you are looking for a luxury holiday or budget vacation, Airlie Beach has it all. Our team genuinely love the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach region and welcome travellers from far and wide. We are constantly on the lookout for the best deals and packages to ensure you have the best holiday possible. If you are unsure of where to stay in Airlie Beach or what to do while you are there, get in touch with our team today.