Airlie Beach If you’re looking to venture somewhere further afield, Airlie Beach is a fun, iconic and popular Queensland destination - and it also isn’t far from Hamilton Island. What you’ll love about Airlie Beach: Can be reached in a day-trip from Hamilton Island. Features great shopping, dining and entertainment. When it comes to activities, Airlie Beach features a family-friendly swimming lagoon, sea kayaking and parasailing. Alfresco restaurants line the Esplanade and there’s often live music playing in the waterfront bars.