UPDATED: BEST Things to do in Airlie Beach with Kids
Recently we travelled up the north coast of Queensland and found the BEST things to do in Airlie Beach with kids!
This list of Airlie Beach attractions and activities will help you plan what to do in Airlie Beach when travelling as a family. There are plenty of things to do in Airlie Beach with toddlers as well as older children! In fact the Whitsundays with toddlers is the perfect place to have a family holiday.
Airlie Beach for kids – so much to do and lots of family activities in Airlie Beach that will be fun for all ages from toddlers to teens!
We also have the list of the best family friendly accommodation in Airlie Beach too!
Airlie Beach Lagoon – Kids Activities in Airlie Beach
This swimming attraction is located in the middle of the main street and overlooks the sea, and best of all – it’s free! Add it to your list of cheap things to do in Airlie Beach!
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 in 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. Another one for your cheap things to do in Airlie Beach list!
The Great Walk
This is one of our favourites – fun things to do in Airlie Beach!
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.
Airlie Beach Markets
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.
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Wildlife Eco Bay Cruise from Airlie Beach
This leisurely 60 minute wildlife eco cruise departs from the boat hub in Airlie Beach to cruise the waterways in search of marine life. Keep a lookout for turtles, dugongs, dolphins and spotted eagle rays that frequent the waters surrounding the Whitsundays Region.
This cruise is a lovely half day activity that is perfect for all ages. Not only is it fun but also educational as you learn about the marine life that inhabits the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. There is a large turtle population so it almost guaranteed that you will spot these gentle creatures swimming in the waterways around Airlie Beach. Interesting and informative commentary is provided throughout the cruise and be sure to have the camera ready when you see the wildlife in action.
Great Barrier Reef Tour
Visit one of the Whitsunday region’s most spectacular Great Barrier Reef sites on this great value day tour departing from Airlie Beach. Witness the Great Barrier Reef at its best with a cruise to the Outer Reef, where both the water quality and incredible marine life are at their most magnificent!
Departing from Airlie Beach, on this Outer Reef cruise you’ll board one of the region’s premier vessels and enjoy a morning tea and the stunning views as you cruise through the Whitsunday Islands and on to the outer Great Barrier Reef.
Whitsundays Segway Tours
Explore the lush rainforest and picturesque coastal areas of the Whitsundays in a truly unique way with a guided Segway tour that offers a cavalcade of wonderful sights! A Segway is a mechanic, two-wheeled vehicle that saves your legs from walking and allows you to travel upright while taking in all the Whitsundays’ best scenery.
Choose between two available Segway ride options – either head deep into the delightful greenery of the Conway National Park and follow the Whitsunday Great Walk, or for watery views take an itinerary that follows the Whitsunday Bicentennial Boardwalk with views out to vibrant Pioneer Bay and beyond – as your experienced and friendly tour guides point out all the local landmarks, features and highlights.
We LOVE to segway – see our recent Brisbane segway experiences for kids here.
This tour is strictly for ages 12 +
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Full Day Tour
Whitsundays Crocodile Safari
This is a must do, and one the kids will absolutely love. Crocodiles at Airlie Beach, 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 whitsunday 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 ocean rafting or jet boating or jet skiing. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out amongst the scenery and the beautiful coast Airlie has to offer.
Family Friendly Accommodation Airlie Beach
If you are taking kids to Airlie Beach, you will want to find the best family friendly accommodation in Airlie Beach. Fret none, we’ve done our homework here too! These Whitsunday family holiday packages will ensure you have a great time but they wont break the bank account!
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
The stand out in family friendly accommodation in Airlie Beach comes in the form of the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort. It is located in Airlie Beach, 2.5 miles from Abell Point Marina.
A TV and DVD player are available in some units. A microwave, a toaster and fridge are also featured, as well as a kettle. There is also a kitchen in some of the units, fitted with a dishwasher. There is a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries in each unit. Towels are provided. All rooms offer views over the garden, pool or Waterslide Park.
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort also includes a year-round outdoor pool, which is heated in winter and 13 waterslides. You can play tennis, mini-golf and pedal carts at the holiday Park. The holiday Park also offers a mini-market, poolside massage and an outdoor cinema.
Island Gateway Holiday Park
Another favourite for families is Island Gateway Holiday Park.
The Island Gateway Holiday Park is set within tropical surroundings and has beautiful gardens and outdoor pool. It also features a children’s paddling pool, a half-size tennis court and mini-golf. Free daily bird-feeding with rainbow lorikeets can also be enjoyed. Free WiFi, numerous BBQ areas and access to a computer are available.
This holiday park offers a variety of different lodging types, including cabins, deluxe villas, villas with spa baths, family villas, motels rooms and camp-o-tels (solid-walled tents with no linen.)
Staff at the holiday park are also available to help out with tour advice and bookings. Guests can also hire bicycles and buggies.
Island Gateway Holiday Park is a 2 minute drive from Port of Airlie, and a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk from Airlie Beach central. A small kiosk is available onsite and the Jubilee Tavern is located directly opposite where you can enjoy a meal. The holiday Park is also a 3-minute walk from a small supermarket.
Mantra Boathouse Apartments
Situated on Port of Airlie Marina, Mantra Boathouse Apartments offers private balconies and stunning views of the Coral Sea.
This is an ’ApartHotel’ and thus options include 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. Each spacious apartment offers a bathroom and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The fully equipped kitchens include a dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator and stovetop.
The Mantra Boasthouse Apartment features a children’s playground, swimming pool, a tennis court, and BBQ facilities.
Airlie Beach is home to an array of enticing dining options, within 10 minutes’ walk of Mantra Boathouse Apartments. It is 20 minutes’ walk from Airlie Beach Lagoon and 45 minutes’ drive from Whitsunday Airport.
Coral Sea Resort
This deluxe 4-storey award-winning resort is situated on Paradise Point in the exclusive seaside enclave of Airlie Beach. An oasis of luxury and tranquility, this resort offers free continental breakfast, a restaurant, a bar and 2 swimming pools. Free WiFi is provided.
Guests can relax in the lush gardens or work out in the fitness centre. The resort also boasts a private jetty and salon and massage facilities.
All resort features a flat-screen TV with cable channels and free in-house movies. Most feature a private balcony.
Your tropical continental breakfast includes cereals, croissants, yoghurt, cold meats and fresh fruits. Cooked breakfast options are also available.
A short stroll away via seaside boardwalk is the Abel Point Marina and the enchanting Airlie Beach town centre with a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Airlie Beach things to do with kids
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