What to do in Airlie Beach - Whitsunday Escape
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There’s always something happening in Airlie Beach

If you are staying in Airlie Beach a night or more, you might want to check out some of these local activities. Whether it be the night of your Stay Aboard, a night in the middle of your charter, or some time at the end, there’s always something on Airlie Beach. It’s worth venturing into town to explore for a little while.

Live Music

Every night of the week in Airlie Beach you will find live music being played. From laid back afternoon sessions to late into the night clubbing, there are lots of options suitable for various ages.

Some of the most popular venues are:

  • Magnums
  • KC’s Bar & Grill
  • Beaches
  • Sorrento’s
  • The Garden Bar
  • Paddy’s Shenanigans


Airlie Beach hosts a weekly foreshore market every Saturday morning from 7am till 1pm.

There are lots of fresh fruit and vegetable sellers, fresh food and coffee for breakfast, clothes, souvenirs and much much more. If you have time and happen to be in Airlie on a Saturday morning, it’s well worth a visit.

The markets are held on the Esplanade, at the end of the Main Street, near the sailing club.

Extra markets

Extra markets are held every time a cruise ship visits Airlie Beach. These are on random days, but frequently several times a month.

Find out what dates cruise ships are visiting Airlie Beach here.

Swim in the Lagoon

Got a day to spend in Airlie Beach? Pack a day bag with swimmers and a towel and head into the centre of Airlie Beach for a swim at the free public swimming lagoon.

Set right on the waterfront, adjacent to the Main Street, you can go for a swim and cool off.

There are lots of cafes, takeaways and restaurants nearby, so when you get peckish go for a stroll and grab a bite to eat.