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Surrounding areas

The Whitsundays area is a natural paradise with abundant marine and wildlife, great fishing, tucked-away towns and unique experiences. There are many top spots to visit beyond your charter holiday.

Discover our region

Boathaven Beach

A feature of the Port of Airlie Marina at Airlie Beach, Boathaven Beach is on the peninsula known as The Beacons and has some 60,000 cubic metres of soft white sand.

The man-made beach was designed to remain sandy in all tides, offering perfect year 'round swimming conditions. It’s a delightful spot to swim and sunbathe while enjoying views out to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. It also has a grassed parkland area - ideal for picnicking. When it’s time to shop or dine, the adjacent marina features restaurant, cafes and shops.

Cedar Creek Falls

About 45 minutes' drive from Airlie Beach, Cedar Creek Falls are spectacular during the summer wet season. Year 'round, you can enjoy a freshwater dip in the swimming hole at the base of the Falls.

Enveloped by a natural amphitheatre, surrounding flora and fauna is diverse. Birdlife is abundant, while in the water you're likely to spot freshwater turtles and fish. There are several bushwalking tracks up and around the Falls, so you can find a secluded spot and enjoy a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature.

Conway Beach

Conway Beach is at the mouth of Proserpine River and is a renowned spot for fishing and crabbing. You'll catch barramundi from February to October; along with king and blue salmon, flathead, bream, prawns and mudcrabs.

Its southerly aspect makes Conway Beach a great place for kite-flying and the township hosts an annual kite-flying competition. With picnic areas, a long stretch of sandy beach, caravan park and access to the fantastic fishing opportunities of Proserpine River, this is a great place for all the family.

Dingo Beach

It's a scenic 30 minutes' drive from Airlie Beach through the Whitsunday hinterland to the laid-back coastal settlement of Dingo Beach.

Facilities include an excellent boat ramp, swimming enclosure, picnic and barbecue areas and children’s playground. The Dingo Beach Hotel is a great place to sample fresh-caught seafood, and on Sunday afternoons it's buzzing with live music. Dugongs feed off the fringing reef just off the mainland.

Hydeaway Bay

A spot of beach fishing, overnight camping or a leisurely stroll along pristine coastline? Just 40 minutes' drive from Airlie Beach, Hydeaway Bay has it all, along with two resorts and lovely beaches. Montes Reef Resort and Cape Gloucester Eco Resort both have beachfront accommodation with the beach at Monte’s perfect for a swim, and the pool at Cape Gloucester a family favourite.

Proserpine

Traditionally a cane grower’s town, Proserpine offers many activities. The Proserpine Museum is run by locals with varied exhibitions about mining, tourism, farming and the early settlers.

Watersport enthusiasts and fishermen enjoy Peter Faust Dam, west of Proserpine. For coffee, homemade cakes and savouries, try Whitsunday Gold Coffee plantation on the town's outskirts.

For the more adventurous, Whitsunday Crocodile Safari takes you down the Proserpine River by boat to observe these iconic creatures.

Proserpine Museum buildings in Proserpine on the Whitsunday coast

Visit Proserpine Museum to learn about the history of this sugar cane and cattle town.