I want to share with you some tips of “Free Things” to do or see in Airlie Beach to help you plan your trip better.
This guide will help you plan better if you have a tight budget or just want to save some money. I recommend taking advantage of “Free things” to do.
Airlie Beach is well known as a tourism destination, for it’s beautiful Tropical location, and for being the connection to the Great Barrier Reef.
Here is a list of 10 “Free Things” you can do in Airlie Beach and surrounds.
- Airlie Beach Foreshore
- Airlie Beach Lagoon
- Lions Market
- Bicentennial Boardwalk
- Cedar Creek Falls
- Coral Beach
- Cannonvale Beach
- Hayward Gully
- Conway Beach
1. Airlie Beach Foreshore
The Airlie Beach Foreshore is a wonderful place where everyone hangout. There is access to the beach where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful sun. The information center is located on the main street where you can find out all information about season.
The Foreshore has plenty of seats, walking tracks, free BBQ areas, kids’ playground, public toilet and showers. It’s located in the center of Airlie Beach, close to accommodations houses, restaurants, cafés, chemists, doctors, Woolworths supermarket, liquor stores, souvenir shops, hair salons, the information center, pubs, public transport and taxis. Be aware of your surroundings if swimming in the ocean. Here is a link with marine’s life information: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/medicines .
2. The Airlie Beach Lagoon
I love going to the Lagoon. You can swim alone or in groups. They are lifeguards on duty. There is kids’ playground which is great for family with kids, free BBQ areas, public toilet and showers.
The Lagoon is situated in the heart of Airlie Beach near shops, restaurants, cafés, Woolworth’s supermarket, doctors, chemists, accommodations houses, public transport and taxis. I recommend drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.
3. The Lions Market
The market is on every Saturday from 7am to 1pm, and every time there’s a cruise ship coming. The market is great with all sorts of stalls, from food, drinks, craft, jewelery, clothing and fresh produce. It is a great spot to find a souvenir for your loved ones or fresh produce.
4. The Bicentennial Boardwalk
Walking on the Bicentennial boardwalk is a great way to see more of Airlie Beach and surrounds. The boardwalk starts from the coral Esplanade in Airlie Beach and stops in Cannonvale. It’s takes approximately 30mins walk from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. This walk should be on your list of “Must Do things in Airlie Beach”. The view is amazing from Airlie Beach to Cannonvale. There are shops along the Coral Sea Marina where you can purchase food or drinks if desired. I recommend bringing a water bottle, a sunhat, sunscreen, wear sun safe clothing and comfortable shoes.
5. Cedar Creeks Falls
The Cedar Creek Falls is situated just 30mins drive from Airlie Beach. It has a well hidden waterfall. If you love nature, this will be a great activity to do. You can swim in fresh water, go hiking, or bush walking. There is tropical wildlife to see depending on the season. Take your time exploring and you will be able to see and enjoy the wonders of nature.
I recommend bringing extra drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, swim wear and wearing comfortable shoes, pack a lunch or bring some snacks with you. There is public toilet and free car park.
6. The Coral Beach
The coral Beach is situated just passed mount Rooper in Shute Harbour. Follow the walking tracks, keep your eyes open for wildlife and interesting plants to see along the way.
I recommend wearing comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, snacks or a picnic, sunhat, sunscreen, insect repellent and swim wear. The Coral beach is just 11 minutes drive from Airlie Beach. This is a great activity for a couple, groups, alone or family with kids above the age of 5.
7. Cannonvale Beach
The Cannonvale beach is just 10 minutes drive from Airlie beach or 30 minutes walk from Airlie Beach. My family and I enjoyed our walk on the Bicentennial boardwalk to Cannonvale.
The beach has free BBQ facilities, public toilets, showers, free car park, kids’ playground and a free outdoor gym. It is really a great spot to have a picnic with family, friends, couples or alone. If you planning on swimming in the ocean, make sure you swim within the safety net. I used to go there several times per week for my lunch break, I seat on the beach, enjoy my meal and appreciate the beautiful view from the ocean.
I recommend bringing a water bottle, a sunhat, sunscreen, swim wear and white vinegar, here is a link for marine life information: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/medicines.
There is a really great cafe “Fat Frog” near by where you can buy food or drinks if desired.
8. Hayward Gully
If you like hiking or bushwalking, you will enjoy your time up here. The Hayward Gully is situated just 10 minutes drive from Airlie Beach. It is a great way to connect with nature, discover and explore, this beautiful rainforest national park. I couldn’t get enough of how many types of mushrooms, plants, butterflies, birds, and wildlife were there to see and explore.
There’s free car parking space, public toilet and shelter where you can relax and take a break. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes, bring a water bottle, insect repellent, sunscreen, a picnic or snacks.
This activity is great to do alone, for a couple, for groups or family with kids. There’s always lot to see and discover, it’s keeps little minds busy and curious. My family and I come here often and we always get amazed to discover something new each time.
9. Conway Beach
The Conway Beach is situated just 45 minutes drive from Airlie Beach. It is a great spot to chill out and relax with family , friends, couple, groups or alone. If you are the kind of person who likes a little bit of privacy on the beach, this spot will be perfect for you. There’s free BBQ facilities, public toilet, free car parking and showers.
The newly renovated kids’ playground is really great for family with kids. We bring our boys here a lot, the boys enjoy our trip here. My family and I come here to have a picnic a lot.
There are many great fishing spots in Airlie Beach and surrounds. You don’t require a fishing licence in Queensland. Here are few spots where we go fishing. We go to: The VMR, Shute Harbour, Proserpine river, Cannonvale beach, and New beach.
I hope this guide will help you plan better your next trip to Airlie Beach and take advantage of the free facilities.
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Disclaimer: This information is based on my personal opinion.