Explore the Australian paradise that is Airlie Beach in a motorhome rental. The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it’s located at the base of the spectacular Conway Ranges. With picturesque views of the Whitsunday Islands, white sandy beaches and lush hinterland, Airlie Beach is a must-see for any traveller.
Airlie Beach campervan hire – get the best deals
As one of Austalia’s most popular tourist destinations, there are many choices for Airlie Beach camper rental. We make it easy by bringing all of your options together online so you can view and compare. Just enter your details and see a tailored list of campervan and motorhome brands and styles. Narrow your search to find a vehicle that best suits your holiday, whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or in a group.
Queensland campervan adventures are an idyllic way to spend a holiday. Whether you’re sightseeing as part of a road trip from Airlie Beach to Cairns, or you’ve flown in straight from Sydney, you’ll see two kinds of motorhomes on the roads. There are either basic campervans without a shower and toilet and larger more self-contained motorhomes. Both are easy to drive and have their advantages. If you have a big family, don’t worry - you can still rent an RV-style motorhome with beds for everyone.
Whitsunday Coast - a natural attraction like no other
Consisting of 74 magical islands set just off the coast of Airlie Beach, just relax and explore for the trip of a lifetime. A scenic flight is an incredible way of taking everything in, while simply driving down the coastline in your motorhome you some of the most beautiful views in the world.
The town of Airlie Beach is an ideal base from which to enjoy a huge array of mainland attractions. Take a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef and have a go at scuba diving and snorkelling. The underwater world here is on many a ‘bucket list’.
Pack the campervan with your swimmers and sun umbrella and pull over anywhere on the coast. Airlie Beach itself is the perfect spot to build sandcastles by day, and enjoy fish and chips on the sand by night. The lagoon in the centre of Airlie Beach provides a beautiful setting to cool-down in supervised, stinger-free swimming areas all year round.
Just a few minutes away you’ll find the lesser known but just as beautiful Cannonvale Beach. Low tide brings rock pools and expansive sand, and during high tide there is easy access for swimming with a stinger net installed during high-risk season. The National Park tracks wind their way behind Airlie down to protected coastlines and up to spectacular lookouts. Take a scenic drive in the camper to cascading waterfalls and lush hideaways. Look out for wallabies, goannas and bush turkeys.
The romantic Heart Island, a reef naturally grown in the shape of a heart, is best seen from the air. Or for the more adventurous, you can jump from a plane or go on a crocodile safari.
Chill out and grab a bite – restaurants in Airlie Beach
Airlie offers a unique array of dining options. Local seafood and fresh regional produce feature on menus and the simple flavours shine through.
Whitsunday Sailing Club is located at the tip of Airlie Point. The views are a spectacular backdrop to their fresh fare. Mr Bones is a local institution. It has a warm atmosphere and quality tapas. Try the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly, or porchini wild mushroom arancini.
Cha'mah is a Moroccan-style restaurant overlooking the Marina. The fish is fresh and flavoursome and the waitstaff are attentive. The Moroccan coffee will keep you up for a night out. Try crocodile at Denman Cellars Beer Cafe and wash it down with a brew if you can make a decision. The drinks list is extensive, but fortunately the staff are very knowledgable.
Motorhome camping – sites and sounds in Airlie Beach
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is an award-winning holiday park. Although it’s situated a little way from the coast, it’s a perfect spot for the family and close to a shopping centre for convenient re-stocking.
Seabreeze is within walking distance of the waterfront, making it the perfect stop for a cruise. They’ll even store your campervan if you’re heading out for a sail. The facilities are great and the park is quiet and friendly.
Island Gateway Holiday Park is in Jubilee Pocket and is a relaxing spot. The staff are extremely helpful if this is your first motorhome hire and will help with parking and manouvering.
Beaches and sunshine – go on a road trip
The destinations within a day's drive are endless, so a campervan rental is super handy.
Venture up to Cedar Creek Falls located between Proserpine and Airlie Beach. This sparkling waterfall and deep swimming hole is set in tropical rainforest and is one of the Whitsunday Coast’s most popular natural attractions. The short drive there also takes you through sugar cane fields and rolling hills. For a spot of fishing, head to Peter Faust Dam and try your luck with the barra. It’s also a great place for waterskiing.
Find Collinsville via river cattle country, full of beautiful, true-blue Australian landscapes. The Eungella National Park to the south leads you up a winding mountain road to peaks with remarkable views. If you’re lucky you’ll have the chance to see platypus in their natural habitat. Camp overnight in Broken River Camping Ground or Fern Flat.
The trek at Shute Harbour is a favourite walk amongst locals, and there’s secluded beach hideaways of the track. Or head further out to Hydeaway Bay, Dingo Beach and Cape Gloucester for quiet, beautiful beaches.
Airlie Beach motorhome guide
Here are a couple of handy things to know for your campervan holiday in Airlie Beach:
Grab a detailed map for local drives, from anyone of the information centres in and around the area.
When trekking, stay on formed tracks and remember to carry sufficient drinking water.
No fires permitted - use gas or fuel stoves for cooking.
Remember to register to camp at information centres.
Perth, Cairns and Darwin are other great options for beginning your Australia motorhome rental roadtrip. For those looking to make a longer trip out of it, consider a campervan hire from Melbourne or a Tasmania campervan hire.