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Charter a Private Boat Airlie Beach

Explore the Whitsunday Islands at your own leisure onboard a private charter boat from Airlie Beach. Freedom Exclusive Charters departs from two locations on the mainland, Coral Sea Marina and Shute Harbour in Airlie Beach. Coral Sea Marina is conveniently located just a short walk along the boardwalk from Airlie Beach or Cannonvale, it can also be reached via taxi or bus. Shute Harbour is a 10 minute car, bus or taxi ride from Airlie Beach. The advantage of departing from Shute Harbour is that it is located closer to the islands. Which means you maximise the time for your private day charter.

Freedom Exclusive Charters in Airlie Beach can transport you to some of the most amazing fringing reefs, hiking trails and secluded beaches in the Whitsundays. A private boat charter from Airlie Beach is one of the most exclusive and intimate ways to see the Whitsundays. You’ll enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace, avoid the overpopulated tourist areas and see something unique during your holiday in Airlie Beach.

Enjoy a Scenic Flight from Airlie Beach

Indulge yourself in a scenic flight over Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Islands or Great Barrier Reef. When you choose a scenic flight to explore the Whitsundays you’ll be guarenteed a window seat. You’ll experience the best views of sights such as Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet, Heart Reef and everything near and in-between. A scenic flight over the Whitsundays is one of the most exclusive and luxurious activities on offer.

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Enjoy a dip at the Airlie Beach Lagoon

Airlie Beach Lagoon is a favourite among tourist and it is one of the many fun and free things to do in Airlie Beach. The lagoon is located on the foreshore offering a beautiful place to swim with spectacular ocean views. It is a great place to enjoy the tropical Queensland weather where you can kick back, relax or take a dip to cool off. The lagoon is patrolled by lifeguards, has public facilities and is close by to shops, restaurants and cafes.

Visit the locals best kept secrets

Hire a car and head off the beaten tourist track around the Whitsundays. We’re about to divulge the locals best kept secrets right here:

Cedar Creek Falls

This natural wonder is one of the best kept local secrets, Cedar Creek Falls is located about half way between Proserpine and Airlie Beach on Saltwater Creek Road. Surrounded by untouched Australian Bush and complete with refreshing clear waters, Cedar Creek Falls is where you’ll find utter tranquility. This cascading waterfall is beautiful all year around, but even more so after a recent downfall of rain, a must-do for anyone looking to reconnect with nature. 

Cape Gloucester

Probably one of the most popular locations among locals is Cape Gloucester. Offering stunning views of the ocean, a selection of  beautiful deserted beaches and huge palm trees to relax under. Enjoy a picnic at Hydeaway Bay, stop in at the Dingo Beach Pub or chill out at the Cape Gloucester Resort. During your journey to Cape Gloucester Resort you’ll be treated with one of the most jaw-dropping views in the Whitsundays – we believe its one of the most underrated hidden gems on the mainland.

Bowen

Located at the top of the Whitsundays and only a 45 minute drive away from Proserpine is a little place known as Bowen. This little town is home to 8 of the most beautiful and pristine beaches all located within 10 minutes drive from Bowen, and let’s not forget the iconic Big Mango. Whether you’re looking for your own secluded haven, a family escape or swimming and snorkelling fringing coral reefs – Bowen has it all.

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Discover the local restaurants, bars and cafes

Airlie Beach has no shortage of choice when it comes to alfresco dining. Almost every dining experience in Airlie Beach comes equipped with  beautiful vistas of the ocean or palm lined beaches. So, if you’re wondering where the best local eats are when you visit Airlie Beach, you can guarentee we’ve got you covered:

Fish D’vine

You’ll be treated with the best seafood selection on offer in Airlie Beach. Not only that, but they have an impressive collection of rums with over 560 varieties to choose from.

Paradiso

One of the newest restaurants on offer is Paradiso Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. Offering a delicious menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a gelato bar. Paradiso is located centrally in Airlie Beach and makes the most of the newly refurbished foreshore. If you’re looking for impeccable service, yummy food and a stellar view, you can’t go past Paradiso.

Northerlies

Head off the beaten track and discover one of the most beautiful local eats on offer. Located just 15 minutes from Airlie Beach is Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill. You’ll love the relaxed, family friendly atmosphere, live music and delicious causal dining options. Not to mention the beautiful sweeping views looking back over at Airlie Beach.

The Clipper Restaurant

The perfect place to indulge yourself in fine dining and desgustation on the mainland. Think pan-seared snapper, braised beef cheeks and king fish ceviche paired with views of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands.

Fat Frog Cafe

fat Frog Cafe is known as one of the most loved local hangouts. If you’re looking for a warm, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere then stop your search now. Fat Frog Cafe has a reputation for amazing coffee and delicious housemade food to make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Just when you thought Fat Frog Cafe couldn’t possibly get any better you’ll love the gentle sea breeze and ocean views to die for. Only a 5 minute drive to cannonvale beach or a 30 minute walk along the boardwalk.

Bohemian Raw

If you’re looking for a place that serves wholesome, healthy and delicious food you really can’t go past Bohemian Raw. This high vibe local hangout is located at the Coral Sea Marina and can be reached via the boardwalk. You can unwind and watch as the boats arrive and depart the Coral Sea Marina all while sipping your morning coffee. The perfect treat for anyone looking for a cafe that serves only the most nourishing foods. Bohemian Raw offers healthy, organic, gluten-free and vegan options.