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Swimming in the Whitsundays

Swimming in the Whitsundays is a must!

When visiting Airlie beach and the Whitsundays, you simply have to dive in to our turquoise waters. There are loads of places to go swimming in the Whitsundays, our magical region, either on the mainland, the islands or on the outer great barrier reef.

To stay safe when swimming there are a couple of things you should know before you enter the water. Our waters here can have some harmful wildlife

Unless in a protected area, stinger suits should be worn during the stinger season Nov-April

Swimming in Airlie Beach


There are two public beaches situated in Airlie Beach where you are welcome to swim, one is located near the Port of Airlie Marina and is known as ‘Boathaven Beach’, while the other is located in Cannonvale.

Both of these swimming locations are popular and therefore have swimming enclosures in place during most months of the year. You will be encouraged to swim in the enclosure, and please note there are no lifeguards at this locations.

Swimming enclosures decrease the chance of being stung by a stinger (jellyfish stings), but they also deter small marine life and boats from the area. This makes the two beaches in Airlie Beach a great option to enjoy a day of swimming and relaxing.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

If you don’t want to get in the sea than Airlie Beach has a public swimming lagoon that was recently renovated in 2017 situated on Main street, next to the shoreline. Its a great place to cool down on a hot day and get your tan on. This is a large man made lagoon and has Public changing facilities, showers, barbecues and wading areas perfect for children

Swimming in the Whitsundays Islands and Outer  Great Barrier Reef

To see the real beauty of the area and all the reefs we have on offer we recommend taking one of our overnight or day tips where you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the Whitsunday islands lovely sheltered reefs. You will get the opportunity to see amazing marine life and beautiful turquoise waters, maybe even a turtle. Stinger suits will be provided on the tours so no need to purchase one.

You do need to be able to swim a little to enter the water when out on the boat trips. However you dont have to be a strong swimmer, but your safety is of up-most importance to the crew and they will only let gusts in the water if they can swim.  If you or your child are somewhat nervous then we recommend you have a swimming lesson with Annie over at Airlie Beach Swim Center who can give you some preparation for your amazing snorkelling experience.

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