Airlie Beach in Queensland is the closest port to the Whitsunday Islands.
Situated in the Whitsundays region of Queensland, the suburb of Airlie Beach is a paradisiacal haven of enchanting beaches and jaw-dropping scenery. Airlie Beach is serves as a popular gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.
Cruisers will not be disappointed by a visit to Airlie Beach for its ideal location. The town itself lies on a peninsula surrounded by the Whitsunday waters. Activities in Airlie Beach include sailing, day trips to the Great Barrier Reef, sky diving, snorkeling and crocodile safaris – just to name a few!
Sailing is a must-do activity when visiting Airlie Beach, offering unforgettable journey around the Whitsundays. Visitors can get the opportunity to sail with a fully qualified crew who will take you to the region’s most breathtaking locations with everything from picturesque beaches to hidden coves.
The Whitsunday Islands are made up of 74 islands and lie in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Here you will find a wealth of natural coastal landscapes and stunning islands that will charm and invite. These islands are known for their friendly locals and exciting activities on offer.
Airlie Beach offers a wide range of dining options and caters for all tastes. Superior restaurants line the town mixed in with quaint eateries and fast-food outlets. Exciting bars and clubs are located within close proximity of each other, which make for the perfect evening excursion!
It’s no wonder why Airlie Beach is a frequent destination for dozens of world-famous cruise lines. Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas do regular sailings to the Whitsunday Region, showing guests all there is to offer in Airlie Beach and the surrounding region. Celebrity’s Celebrity Solstice regularly offers 14-17-night itineraries with visits Airlie Beach, often in between visits to Brisbane and Cairns. This is one of the most popular destinations in Australia for short cruises, call our cruise experts today for more details.