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What travelers to Airlie Beach are saying

Airlie Beach is a fine town but it's main value is as a jumping-off point to explore the larger Whitsundays/Eungella area. The town itself is a little tacky and loud.
Joe C. 21 Aug 2015
If you've seen the not so classy side of Phuket you've seen Airlie Beach. Obviously great for backpacks but not for everyone.
Avid traveller 6 Aug 2015

Boisterous Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the doorway to the Great Barrier Reef and the islands of the Whitsundays. And as doorways go, it is a very beautiful, peninsula-situated one! Like an older brother calling you ‘chicken’, the entire town seems to be either pushing you to enter the water or to enjoy one more drink amid its vibrant party atmosphere.

Abel Point Marina is your access point to the wonderful water world that is the Great Barrier Reef, but you can also take a scenic flight by seaplane or helicopter to Heart Reef and experience the clear water from the air. Return in the evening and enjoy Airlie Beach’s nightlife. They call this the ‘party town of the Whitsundays’ for a reason, and many a bleary-eyed and sunburned backpacker will tell you that they came for a three-day sailing trip… and ended up spending three months.

Aarlie Beach’s Top 10

10. Whitehaven Beach A short boat trip away are the bright white sands of this famous beach. 5. Goorganga Wetlands Situated close by, the wetlands offer a change from the tropical beaches.
9. Diving the Reef No words can do this justice – you just have to get beneath the water and be blown away. 4. Airlie Beach Markets Held every Saturday, pick up some local arts and crafts from the makers themselves.
8. Sailing With so many amazing beaches and hidden coves, how will you ever decide where to stop for lunch? 3. Conway National Park Take a walk through the rainforest and let your cares disappear.
7. Crocodile Safaris Riding on a tractor, cruising down a river on a boat and bush tucker – this is Australia. 2. Airlie Beach Lagoon A safe place to swim away from the nasty stingers.
6. Boathaven Beach Visit Airlie Beach’s newest addition – here’s a clue: it’s a beach! 1. Great Barrier Reef It’s the world’s largest reef and it’s ours. To come all this way and not visit it would be downright un-Australian!

Airlie Beach Events

In August, Airlie Beach Race Week sees yachties from far and wide visit the region to do battle on the water.

The Great Whitsunday Fun Race and Outdoor Party in September is an amusing event where everybody dresses up and the party goes well into the evening.

In September, the Whitsunday Boat and Leisure Show will have you green with envy. Also in September is the Airlie Beach Festival of Sport, which can be enjoyed by anyone who can run, swim, ride a bike or hit a volleyball. So nearly everyone, then!

You won’t be bored in October at the Whitsunday Reef Festival, with everything from sand sculpting competitions to fashion shows on offer.

When To Go

  • Airlie Beach has a subtropical climate, which can act as a magnet for cyclones from January to March.
  • For most of the year the weather is warm and wonderful!
  • Daytime highs seldom drop below 25ºC (77ºF).

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Getting Around

  • Charter a yacht and enjoy the ultimate freedom as you explore the region.
  • Jump on one of the frequent and fast ferries for the easiest way to get between the various islands.
  • Alternatively, simply walk around this small coastal town.

Airlie Beach attractions

The Whitsunday Region and Islands in Queensland, Australia is a veritable paradise, with phenomenal biodiversity and some of the most desirable and pristine coastlines on the planet. Famously, Tourism Queensland put out a worldwide call in 2009 for people to apply for “The Best Job in the World” as caretaker of the Great Barrier Reef islands. The result was well over 30,000 online submissions and a serious boost to the local tourism economy.

The diminutive town of Airlie Beach is just across the Whitsunday Islands on the mainland coast of Queensland and serves as a popular departure point for the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. With a tropical climate and laid-back vibe, the community of under 3,000 people is a brilliant beach escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Nearby points of interest include Conway National Park, Vic Hislop Great White Shark and Whale Expo and Hill Inlet.

Attractions
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon
  • Heart Reef
  • Hill Inlet
  • Conway National Park
Activities
  • Dive Sites
  • Whitsunday Great!Walk
  • Vic Hislop Great White Shark and Whale Expo
  • Whitsunday Reef Festival
  • Airlie Beach Festival of Sport
Airlie Beach - General information

Restaurants

Restaurants

  • Capers at the Beach Bar & Grill
  • Village Deli
  • Mangrove Jack's<
  • Deja Vue
  • Banjo's Bar & Bistro

Nightlife

  • Martinis
  • Squidlips
  • Mama Africa
  • The Opera
  • The Metropole

Climate

Airlie Beach has a tropical climate, with warm weather throughout the year and temperatures that range from 13&deg;C to 31&deg;C.


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Hotels in Airlie Beach

Recommended hotels

From US$88

1 at Boathaven Spa Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 9 reviews

440 Shute Harbour Road Map

Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, this Boathaven Spa Resort Airlie Beach is an ideal place for a pleasant and enjoyable vacation. GeneralGuests can laze around the 25 metre... More

Great place, highly recommend
Loved the boathaven spa resort. The staff were lovely, location great and the rooms had everything you needed. The spa balcony room was a great setting to have a Romantic getaway in. My only...
20 Nov 2015
From US$98

2 Grand Mercure Azure Sea Whitsundays

4 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

8 Raintree Place Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Azure Sea takes the Whitsundays way of life to a whole new level of luxury and sophistication, where sand meets the sea and sea meets the sky as well as where you will enter the world of blue. ... More

First time in the area
Overall this place ticked all the boxes. The balcony had a stunning view of the ocean, the rooms were spacious and comfortable, and it was walking distance to the action on Main St. Only...
31 Aug 2015
From US$130

3 Coral Sea Resort Whitsundays

4 stars
4.5 / 5 15 reviews

25 Oceanview Avenue Whitsundays Map

FREE Tropical Breakfast, Parking & Inhouse Movies

Combining first class facilities with legendary hospitality, the Coral Sea Resort rates as one of the most appealing deluxe luxury resorts in the magical Whitsundays. GeneralThe resort has an... More

Relaxing Anniversary
The Coral Sea Resort is in a perfect location directly on the water and just a short walk to Airlie beach town centre, cannonvale beach, and both ports. The room was quite comfortable, however the...
11 Dec 2015
From US$133

4 Sea Star Apartments

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

2 Nara Avenue Map

Created with the goal to become synonymous with innovation, professionalism and a world wide reputation of quality and flawless service, the Sea Star Apartments is just the place for you to stay in... More

Great location, clean, fantastic facilities
The rooms are large, very clean and in a great location (with a fantastic view). The balcony overlooks the main strip and the ocean and islands. The room was well equipped, the swimming pool was...
25 Feb 2014
From US$88

5 Airlie Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

16 The Esplanade Map

Stay 2 Nights & Get The 3rd FREE

Located in the epicentre of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Hotel is a vibrant coastal village nestled in the Whitsundays, offering comfortable accommodation and quality service to make your stay... More

Nice Hotel
Not far from the port of airlie, 10 mins walk. Great price for 2 nite. highly recommended
18 Sep 2015
From US$118

6 BEST WESTERN Mango House Resort

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Cnr Shute Harbour Road & Erromango Drive Map

Being located just over a kilometre from the heart of Airlie and close to the new Port of Airlie Development & Whitsunday airport, BEST WESTERN Mango House Resort Airlie Beach is a perfect place... More

From US$67

7 Airlie Beach Motor Lodge

3 stars
3.2 / 5 5 reviews

6 Lamond Street Map

Airlie Beach Motor Lodge is a boutique accommodation in tranquil garden setting, within walking distance to Airlie Beach's shops and restaurants. It is also in vicinity to Great Barrier Reef, Cedar... More

Airlie Beach Music Festival..
Had awesome time , great music, scumpy food, felt very safe strolling around Airlie.... Motel great meet up, very friendly but had couple cockroaches jump out of utilities draw...........!
11 Nov 2015
From US$123

8 at Waters Edge Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 8 reviews

4 Golden Orchid Drive Map

If location, tranquillity and comfort are what you are looking for in holiday accommodation, then the At Waters Edge Resort Airlie Beach is just the place for you. GeneralComplete your daily... More

From US$190

9 Mantra Boathouse Apartments (formally Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger)

4 stars
4.2 / 5 5 reviews

33 Port Drive Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

Set on the water's edge at the Port of Airlie Marina, Mantra Boathouse Apartments (formally Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger) is an ideal base for holidaymakers looking to sail to Whitsunday... More

Awesome family reunion venue
Location was perfect, views over the marina, easy access to Airlie Beach Main Street. Loved every second of our stay and would highly recommend it to others
17 Jan 2016
From US$105

10 at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat 18+

4 stars
4.3 / 5 6 reviews

438 Shute Harbour Road Map

Set amid pristine white sand, turquoise waters and lush rainforests, At Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat 18+ Hotel makes for a intimate sanctuary for vacationers looking for beach retreat in... More

Whitsunday stopover
Small block of apartments, billed as luxury but pretty average really. Bathroom was appalling. Pool was so cold you couldn't stay in it. Cooking facilities were very limited - one small fry pan to...
13 Sep 2015
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