Best photography spots in Airlie Beach example photographs

Since moving to beautiful Airlie Beach 3 weeks ago, it still amazes us how perfect the location is for photographers. It seems that every nook and cranny has a fantastic photo opportunity. Here are several of the best photography spots we’ve sourced out while on our morning walks. Most were taken with a, Canon PowerShot D10 underwater camera. I’m now in a habit of taking a point and click with me everywhere I go. Then when the time of day and lighting is perfect, I plan on returning to the spots I liked best with my Canon 5D Mark II digital SLR.

Photographed looking out to the ocean with my back to the lagoon.

The first photograph below was taken early one morning along the main beach in Airlie. There are so many different compositions a photographer can shoot of this beach, to possibly talk about in one post. These last few weeks, I’ve enjoyed photographing the incoming tide through the tropical palms. If you like photographing landscapes and less people, choose your spot and shoot a few rounds before 8am. Otherwise, the tourists in their bathers line the beach from around 10am onwards. Talking about tourists, if you enjoy travel / portrait photography, you can always count on Airlie Beach to have lots of interesting characters around to photograph.

Airlie Beach - main beach in Airlie photographed around 9am

The photograph below was taken from the west end of the main beach. Perfect for photographing sailing boats through tropical trees. We’ve also noticed a lot of different birds in the area as well, so am planning on going back often with my Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens for some great nature action.

West end of Airlie Beach

The next couple have been photographed around Airlie Beach lagoon. Again, it doesn’t matter where you point your camera, there is a great shot to be had.

You can always count on Airlie Beach lagoon to give you some great post card opportunities

Some of the shots I personally like the best are those that show the lagoon with the sailing boats in the background. It really captures the character of this wonderful area. Again, a place we want to return to often with the digital SLR.

Airlie beach lagoon with the sailing boats in the background

If you’re visiting the Whitsundays and enjoy an early morning walk, make sure you do the Bicentennial boardwalk that covers Abel Point, Shingley Beach and Cannonvale, with breathtaking views the whole way!

Bicentennial Boardwalk Airlie Beach

Mt Whitsunday Drive is a scenic road in the middle of Airlie Beach that we’re anxious to get to early one morning. Unfortunately a bit of bad weather this week has stopped us making the climb.

Mt Whitsunday Drive Airlie Beach

If these are the best photography spots just in Airlie Beach, we can’t wait to get out to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef!


Tammy September 25, 2010 at 4:38 am

Absolutely beautiful. Your photographs are so inspiring that I will have to visit one day soon :-D

Maureen September 25, 2010 at 8:08 am

They look fabulous Tanya. You live in such a beautiful place. Keep them coming, I really enjoy your photography.

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