Last week I had some time off before I started my new job so I decided to do a spur of the moment road trip and spend 3 amazing days in Airlie Beach. Normally I would save the 12 hours of driving and fly up there but I’ve never done a 12 hour stint before, so I was up for the adventure! At 6pm Friday night after dinner and stocking up on snacks for the trip I set off. I drove for about 7 hours straight listening, singing and dancing to all the best road trip songs on Spotify before getting too sleepy. I pulled over in a rest area ( somewhere between Rockhampton and Mackay), lay the seat back and slept until just before sunrise.

After waking up I had a bit of a stretch and took off again for another 5 hours. It was lovely driving through the country as the sun rose and cast a pink glow over the landscape and trees that were surrounded by thick fog. I arrived in Airlie Beach and headed straight for that amazing aqua blue water. After stretching the legs i went and found a place for a very cold smoothie as it was HOT in Airlie Beach!

Then it was time to check in to my amazing accomodation – Peppers Airlie Beach 😍

Peppers Airlie Beach

Peppers Airlie Beach sits on the side of the mountain that overlooks the gorgeous marina. Beautifully modern, comfortable rooms surround the most stunning infinity pool, restaurant and bar. It’s a short drive or walk into the main part of Airlie Beach which is a cute little backpacker town with loads of cafes, restaurants, pubs and tour companies. You can catch a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef for the day or explore the other islands in the Whitsundays including the stunning Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach. It’s a great base for exploring this tropical paradise. The breakfasts at Peppers Airlie Beach are pretty amazing too and they even have a vegan option which I was very impressed with!

Our room at Peppers Airlie Beach
My room at Peppers Airlie Beach
View from our deck over the gorgeous marina, Peppers Airlie Beach
View from the deck over the gorgeous marina, Peppers Airlie Beach
Our room at Peppers Airlie Beach
Sunrise by the Infinity Pool, Peppers Airlie Beach
Breakfast with a view, Peppers Airlie Beach
Breakfast with a view, Peppers Airlie Beach

Sunset in Airlie Beach

There are plenty of places to go for sunset around Airlie Beach. You can head down to the marina, there is a gorgeous little old jetty further around to the right of the marina, anywhere along the beach near Main Street etc. Unfortunately the tide was out a long way while I was there which made it difficult to shoot any of those locations. I did find a lookout on top of the hill near the Welcome to Airlie Beach sign that has awesome 180 degree views overlooking the ocean and a second marina. Note: If it’s low tide, try to find a lookout up high so that you are not photographing mud!

Sunset views over the ocean, Airlie Beach
Sunset views over the ocean, Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon

Airlie Beach Lagoon is situated right in the middle of Airlie Beach. It consists of a lot of different sized pools and water features. A great spot for kids and adults to cool off in the middle of the day with beautiful views over Airlie Bay. I had fun splashing around in there for a few hours then flying the drone around on the stunningly blue day.

Airlie Beach Lagoon
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Sunrise at Airlie Beach Lagoon
Sunrise at Airlie Beach Lagoon

Whitehaven Beach

I have been to Whitehaven Beach once before which you can read about here. You absolutely cannot visit the Whitsundays and not do a day trip to Whitehaven Beach so I was super excited to head back over there again. This has to be my favourite beach in all of Australia. For a half day trip which gives you 3 hours on Whitehaven beach it costs $99 but it is so worth it to see the amazingly clear water and the whitest sand in the world. I really wanted to get some photos from Hill Inlet which is 8km down the end from where the boat drops you off, so I thought I would walk for a bit and then fly my Mavic Pro drone the rest of the way. It is too far to walk down and back before you have to get back on the boat. Unfortunately it was so windy that day the battery ran out a lot quicker than expected. I got the drone 5km down the beach took some shots then tried to fly it back as it was screaming at me to bring it home. It got to about 1.5km back to where I was and crashed in the trees. I then spent two hours looking for it.

Note: When your drone tells you to bring it home, listen to it!!

I did manage to have a quick 10 minute swim before i had to get back on the boat! This place is so beautiful that I will definitely be back to visit many more times though. Hopefully I will manage to get that shot from Hill Inlet one day!

The stunningly beautiful Whitehaven Beach
The stunningly beautiful Whitehaven Beach
The stunningly beautiful Whitehaven Beach
Almost made it to Hill Inlet with the drone!

Sunrise Airlie Beach

Sunrise options are similar to sunset. Anywhere down by the water is always nice unless the tide is way out as it was when I was there. I decided to go to the lagoon and I also wanted to fly the drone and make sure it was still ok after the crash which it was thankfully!

Sunrise down by the lagoon, Airlie Beach
Sunrise down by the lagoon, Airlie Beach
Testing the drone at sunrise over Airlie Bay
Testing the drone at sunrise over Airlie Bay

Hydeaway Bay

If you have a car and want to do a bit of exploring while you are in Airlie Beach, then a day trip to Hydeaway Bay is worth the drive. I thought the water was aqua blue at Airlie Beach but the colour of the water at Hydeaway Bay is off the charts. It is the most aqua blue colour I have ever seen. I fell in love with it immediately! There is also a cool coconut tree that hangs out towards the beach and I had fun looking for star fish shells which I have never come across before.

Hydeaway Bay
Hydeaway Bay
If there is a coconut tree, I have to climb it! Hydeaway Bay
If there is a coconut tree, I have to climb it! Hydeaway Bay

I headed back home again after hanging out at Hydeaway Bay for a few hours. The drive went surprisingly fast.

Big thanks to Peppers Airlie Beach for the 3 night stay. I had a blast and the accomodation was amazing. I will definitely be back again!

If you would like to stay at Peppers Airlie Beach while visiting the Whitsundays click on the links below. You won’t be disappointed!

Peppers Airlie Beach

Mount Whitsunday Drive

AIRLIE BEACH QLD 4802

Ph: 1300 737 444

https://www.peppers.com.au/airlie-beach/

Have you been to Airlie Beach before? What did you think of it? I would love to know so leave a comment below! ☺️

6 thoughts on “3 amazing days in Airlie Beach

  1. Ok I’m convinced! I need a holiday here as soon as possible! I’ve been to Airlie and Whitehaven about 20 years ago, still remember the vivid blue of the water and the bright white sand! It was just a short stop over so I’m well due for another visit for a much longer time! Your photos are stunning as always Larissa! (If I go, I think I might fly though! lol!!)

    1. Haha, flying is definitely a good option. I hope you get the chance to visit Airlie Beach soon Stephen. It is such a stunning part of Australia. One of my fave spots! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m with Steve, I need to get to Airlie Beach asap!! Absolutely inspiring post as always Larissa, those colours are a thing of beauty, and the sunrise shot of you by the infinity pool is truly one of the most beautiful you have ever captured. I was last at Airlie Beach 29 years ago, and didn’t appreciate it as much as I would now….thankyou for sharing the amazing beauty and stunning views this place has to offer. Now and forever, you are truly amazing πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

    1. Thanks so much Anthony! Yes, Airlie Beach sure is a stunning part of Australia. I hope you get the chance to visit it really soon. You would love it! πŸ™‚

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