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Abell Point Marina

Abell Point Marina (APM) located in the heart of the Whitsundays has emerged as one of the premier boating destinations on the east coast of Australia. Having received a multi-million dollar facelift over the last five years, APM is realising its vision to be Australia's most vibrant destination marina. APM, located on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef. Conveniently located a short walk from downtown Airlie Beach with an abundance of cafes, restaurants, pubs & clubs, the marina provides rest, relaxation and entertainment options for customers and guests. Recent marina developments include private helipads, Ocean Club customer lounge, Lure - a contemporary wedding and events venue, chef hatted restaurant – Hemingway’s and a 2.5 hectare marina parkland – The Gardens. Concierge services for customers include a fleet of concierge cars, marina dockhand concierge, welcome vessel and activity bookings service. Specialised marine services are also available within the marina village. With impeccable facilities, an outstanding team of professionals and direct access to unparalleled cruising grounds, APM has gained the well-earned reputation of being the ideal destination to stay, play and explore the natural wonders of Australia.

Above and Below Photography Gallery

Above and Below Gallery’s uniqueness stems from it exclusivity in only capturing scenes from above the water, and below it. Aerial images of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef coupled with underwater encounters with humpback whales and other marine and reef life means the gallery is both varied and diverse in its range of images. The photographic art showcases the heart of the region from the intricate veins, blue rivers and lagoons of the Great Barrier Reef to the magic of the Whitsunday Islands and mainland. Along with other marine life the gallery also naturally displays underwater scenes from their very own natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Combining her passion for both scuba diving and photography, owner and photographer, Brooke Miles has an innate ability to capture in her images both the playfulness and colour of the reef as well as the more hauntingly beautiful side that is often missed by visitors. The gallery also has an amazing gift range varying from limited addition silk sarongs and silk scarves printed with photos of the Great Barrier Reef through to an amazing marine-inspired line of Australian made and handcrafted jewellery exclusive to the gallery.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is situated right in the centre of Airlie Beach and has become the focal point of the area. When you want to meet someone you meet "at the Lagoon". If you want a great day of relaxation with no admission fee, "spend a day at the Lagoon". And the most rewarding thing of all is that the people of the Whitsundays have taken the Lagoon to their heart as much as tourists and visitors. The Airlie Beach Lagoon was officially opened by the Premier of Queensland on 8 January 2001. The experiences on offer are not just a result of the physical facilities but rather a combination of natural and man-made attributes that allow a visitor to enjoy Airlie Beach's "Beach", with all its security and support. The lagoon is surrounded by grassy knolls, perfect for a spot of sunbathing, or finding a quiet spot in the shade to read a book. The sandy beach area at one end provides a safe stinger free environment for the children to play in the shallows and the lagoon is surrounded by landscaped gardens for added aesthetic appeal. A children's pool is situated at one end.

Airlie Beach Swimming Centre

Welcome to Airlie Beach Swimming Centre. They are a centre where you can bring your baby from four months old, enjoy swimming lessons for any age, Aqua Rehabilitation, Pregnancy Aqua or learn to Scuba Dive. They also have Reef Conservation programs, the Reef Warriors, where you can learn how to look after the Reef. Other courses include Royal Life Savings Training Lifeguards, Bronze Medallion, Swim and Survive . From high-quality baby swimming lessons in Airlie Beach to professional swimming and sporting coaching, their further mission is to inspire, encourage, support, teach to take responsibility, learn resuscitation and to take care of the precious Great Barrier Reef. Those missions they handle with pride and passion. Because of their passion for these missions, they always deliver high standards of aquatic lessons and services. Their Swim Centre’s mission is to help the community install aquatic life skills which will extend the quality of life. Those life skills firstly enhance to stay safer in and around water and secondly, to stay fit and healthy.

Boathaven Beach

It's not every day that a town gets a new beach, but Airlie Beach is proud to announce the opening of the brand new Boathaven Beach! Part of the new Port of Airlie development, Boathaven Beach is situated on the new peninsula known as The Beacons, and boasts 60,000 cubic metres of soft, white sand, a northerly aspect and is the area's first true all-tide beach. Visitors and locals alike are loving Boathaven Beach already. Enjoy a day of swimming, sunbathing and lap up the views out the Coral Sea and islands beyond, before popping over to the adjacent marina and shops for a bite to eat or an ice cream along the main street.

Conway National Park

Conway National Park is a peaceful coastal park with rainforest-clad hills, secluded beaches and panoramic outlooks over the scenic Whitsunday area. This park includes the rainforest-clad Conway Peninsula and protects the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Queensland outside Tropical North Queensland. Hoop pines grow on coastal ridges and in damp gullies, emerging above the rainforest canopy. Rugged, steep, rocky cliffs provide a spectacular 35-kilometre-long backdrop to the Whitsunday Passage and islands. Walk or boat into secluded Swamp Bay bush camping area beside a secluded pebbly beach overlooking Daydream Island. Enjoy a wide range of bushwalking opportunities that start from the Conway National Park day-use area and Mount Rooper and Coral Beach car parks. The Conway Circuit for walkers and mountain bike riders also winds through the park. From Mount Rooper lookout, take in superb views over the islands: Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning. The view from the ridge above secluded Coral Beach is worth the effort of reaching there.

Heart Reef

Heart Reef, in the Great Barrier Reef of the Whitsundays, is a stunning composition of coral that has naturally formed into the shape of a heart. Located in Hardy Reef, Heart Reef is best experienced from the air by helicopter or seaplane, as visitors are unable to snorkel or dive there due it's protected status. Many tour companies will combine a scenic flight over Heart Reef with other breathtaking spots in the Whitsundays, including Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet. A certain highlight of any visit to the Whitsundays. Heart Reef was discovered in 1975 by one of Air Whitsunday's pilots and is now an internationally-recognised attraction of the Whitsundays and features on many postcards and brochures promoting the Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef. Many an amateur photographer has been amazed by the fact that their own photos look just like the brochures! Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love over the years. If planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture, let your pilot know your plans and they'll be able to help you with some extra flight time over the famous icon.

Hill Inlet

Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays is a stunning inlet located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. As the tide shifts, the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking mosaic. Hill Inlet is best viewed from the lookout at Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island. Most people moor their boats in Tongue Bay, take a dingy ashore and make the short uphill walk to the lookout for breathtaking views. If possible, try to reach the lookout when the tide is low to fully experience the beautiful fusion of colours that emerge. Not all operators visit Hill Inlet and the Tongue Point lookout on a Whitehaven Beach visit, so be sure to check before you book if you'd like to go to the lookout. There are several ways to experience the beauty of Hill Inlet. Many companies offer day trips to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet by ferry, power boat or luxury yacht. Most overnight sailing trips also stop here. It’s also possible to view Hill Inlet from the air by helicopter or seaplane.

The Airlie Creek Track

The 850 metre Airlie Creek Track slowly winds up the hill behind Airlie Beach along a gravel path, featuring rare flora and fauna such as the Whitsunday Bottle Tree and the endangered Proserpine Rock Wallaby which are only found in this region. The track winds you through tranquil forest which is home to magnificent fig trees, sub tropical plants, beautiful native birds and ends up at scenic natural rock pools. The walk back offers views of the beautiful blue Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands with leafy frames. Walking time: allow one hour. Access: from Waterson Way, Airlie Beach.