From health food cafes to breezy whitewashed bars with waterfront views, there’s a wide array of Airlie Beach restaurants to choose from these days.
Get your caffeine fix at Fat Frog Beach Cafe, located opposite beautiful Cannonvale Beach. They serve a mean brekkie too (think pikelet stacks with bananas and ice cream, and yoghurt panna cotta with granola and fresh berries).
Health nuts might prefer to spend their mornings at Bohemian Raw, a Bali-inspired cafe that’s big on ‘bowls’ of both the smoothie and pokē variety.
Choose from surf or turf at 20 Degrees South Bar & Restaurant, hidden away within the Whitsunday Sailing Club. The sizable balcony promises stellar views of the marina, and the menu offers a seafood tower, complete with Sydney rock oysters, scallops, calamari, tiger prawns, mussels and more.
For tapas, paella, and other Mediterranean-inspired dishes visit Paradiso Rooftop Bar & Restaurant. It boasts lagoon views and tables spill onto the street.
If pub grub (and a cold glass of wine) is the order of the day then Anchor Bar should be your destination. This bar and restaurant is good for a hearty feed (burgers, chicken wings, racks of ribs, tacos), along with occasional live music.
Sip on seasonal, fruit-driven cocktails made with locally grown fruit at The Garden Bar Bistro. The waterfront bar/bistro also has ‘teaser boards’ that feature either four different gin and tonics, or four different espresso martinis, plus a food menu full of light dishes that skew heavily towards seafood.