Things to do at Airlie Beach with Kids
Recently we travelled up the north coast of Queensland and found the BEST things to do at Airlie Beach with kids!
This list will help you plan what to do in Airlie Beach when travelling as a family with young children and older children!
Airlie Beach Lagoon
This swimming attraction is located in the middle of the main street and overlooks the sea, and best of all – it’s free! It’s great for children and adults as it has a variety of different depths of water to suit all swimming abilities. It has a man-made beach and a playground, giving you plenty of activities to experience with your little ones. It has areas of shade, toilets and outdoor showers.
This lagoon is the perfect place for your families, its beautiful and accommodating. It’s our number one choice of things to do at Airlie Beach with kids.
This beach is in the Port of Airlie and near the sailing club. It’s a tidal beach and with the beautiful white sand, the perfect place to wear your kids out. There’s a stinger net that will allow you and your children to swim knowing you will be safe from the beautiful but sometimes nasty creatures of the sea.
Unfortunately, there isn’t any shade shelters so be sure to pack the sunscreen and a beach umbrella. Toilet facilities are not located on the beach, however are accessible just across the road.
The Great Walk
This walk is a beautiful experience of the Conway Ranges. Whilst Airlie Beach is renowned for it’s wonderful coastal features, this rainforest is a must see. It has a 27 kilometre long track that finishes along the ranges of Airlie Beach, however 27 kilometres might be too far for the younger ones to trek, but its still a wonderful trek even if you only do a small part of it.
It’s a great opportunity to immerse your little ones in the beautiful scenery of the rainforest; you could even play a game of eye-spy.
Find a list of all the walks, their lengths and difficulty rating here.
Cedar Creek Falls
These falls are situated about 30 minutes out of Airlie Beach at Conway Beach, Whitsunday Area and are a must see for families. Its recommend you visit in the wet season (November to April) but it falls most of the year. Its home to cold fresh water and little freshwater turtles that children love to spot.
You can even walk up to the top and bathe in the running pools. Just don’t forget to pack the mosquito spray.
This beach is a 35 minute drive from the main town of Airlie Beach and offers beautiful sand and water to cool you off on those hot Queensland days. This beach is home to the mouth of the Proserpine river, and this can offer some great fishing at low tide. But the best part of Conway Beach is what happens when the tide is out; it exposes over 1km of beach and is the perfect place to explore.
Kids will love finding the small pools left of the beach and spotting the sea life that is there until the tide rises once again.
The Board Walk
This walk begins at the sailing club and is a favourite for cruises that send tender boats to the shore. It continues all the way to Cannonvale Beach that is 4.7km away. The best part of this walk is the sea life that can be spotted, and the joy that kids will experience when they spot the many turtles is wonderful. Along this walk there are playgrounds, cafes and bars and the entirety of the walk is on flat ground, so its perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
Every Saturday morning right by the beach, Airlie puts on markets that sell local foods, delicious coffee, clothes, homewares, posters, toys and even experiences like camel rides. These markets are the perfect place to take a stroll with your family, munch of some delicious foods and drinks and take a moment to soak in the sunshine beside the beach.
The kids and adults will love getting amongst the local vibe.
Great Barrier Reef Tour
A simple google search produces many companies that offer tours by boat of the Great Barrier Reef, each with different types of boats and carrying lengths of time. If you have older children, perhaps a sail boat for the whole day will be perfect, however if you have toddlers this may not suit.
But don’t fear, there are larger boats to reduce the chance of sea-sickness and much shorter durations so that it can be a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone in the family.
Whitsundays Crocodile Safari
This is a must do, and one the kids will absolutely love. Crocodiles, while slightly terrifying creatures, are beautiful and fascinating in their own way. You and your family could have the chance to smile at a crocodile on a crocodile safari.
It’s a great opportunity to get up close and personal with them while being safe and even has an educational aspect with all the cool new facts you will learn. It’s guaranteed the kids will be putting this adventure as one of the best yet. Find out more here.
Experience Airlie from the water
If you have older children perhaps you might like to take a more adventurous approach. There are many great experiences and things to do at Airlie Beach with kids that will get the adrenaline going like jet boating or jet skiing. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out amongst the scenery and the beautiful coast Airlie has to offer.
There are plenty of companies that offer all sorts of fun water activities that the older children will love, a simple google search will point you to many different companies and options.
Things to do at Airlie Beach with kids
Did we miss your favourite? What would you add to our list? Leave your suggestions in comments below!