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Airlie Beach, Australia

Airlie Beach (or Airlie) is a town in Queensland, Australia and is the closest port from which to access the

Whitsunday islands

on the

Great Barrier Reef

. With around 25,000 residents it is developed to cater for almost every kind of tourist and backpacker, and is the major hub for trips out to the Whitsunday islands and Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Abel point marina is the location for taking boats out to islands, and is a brisk fifteen minute walk from Shute Harbour Road, Airlie's High Street, around a recently renovated sea side board walk.
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Airlie Beach, Australia

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Airlie Beach (or Airlie) is a town in Queensland, Australia and is the closest port from which to access the

Whitsunday islands

on the

Great Barrier Reef

. With around 25,000 residents it is developed to cater for almost every kind of tourist and backpacker, and is the major hub for trips out to the Whitsunday islands and Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Abel point marina is the location for taking boats out to islands, and is a brisk fifteen minute walk from Shute Harbour Road, Airlie's High Street, around a recently renovated sea side board walk.
Airlie Beach used to be a backpacker haven but has now been discovered by Australians and has consequently become more commercialised with many large resorts style accommodation operations in recent years. Plenty of good cheap accommodation can still be found with many resorts offering "standby specials". Airlie Beach has a permanent "holiday feel" with tropical warm weather all year round and is an excellent relaxing stop off on the far North Queensland coast. With two large commercial marinas within 1km of the centre of town (Abel Point 450 berths & Port of Airlie 350 berths) Airlie Beach is a major hub for water activities, sailing and cruising.

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Airlie Beach, Australia: Port Information


Cruise ships anchor offshore, and you will be tendered ashore. The city centre is within walking distance (about 10 min).

Get around Airlie Beach, Australia


The main strip of Airlie where most of the backpacker resorts and pubs are located is usually known as Airlie Beach proper. Cannonvale is the section west of the strip to where the developments peter out. Beyond that is Cannonvalley and Strathdickie - more rural areas where the housing is more acreage style or farming land. Other suburbs in the area are Jubilee Pocket and (10kms away) Shute Harbour. Ferries to the Whitsunday Islands depart from the new Cruise Whitsundays Maritime Terminal located next to the Port of Airlie Marina. The only ferry to

Hayman Island

departs from Abel Point Marina. Port of Airlie Marina is located at the southern end of the Airlie Beach main street.

What to see in Airlie Beach, Australia


Beautiful views of the harbor and the bay as you walk up Shute Harbour Road from the town centre. The best website to visit for activity and lodging listings is from the local Tourism Authority.

What to do in Airlie Beach, Australia


Despite its name, Airlie Beach is not the best place for the beach itself. The few near Shute Harbour Rd are small and pretty, but the presence of jellyfish (there are signs up detailing different species near the beaches) means people do not swim in the water from around October to around May. A swim in the water requires a stinger suit - made from rash top type material. However more than making up for this, Airlie has a fantastic man-made lagoon. This is around two hundred meters long and fifty wide, landscaped with a bridge and grass to lie on the surrounding. It is watched by lifeguards during the day and security at night, and because it is open to swimming in at all times the lagoon makes relaxing in Airlie pure delight. On Saturday morning there is a charming market along the waterfront, with a range of locally produced foods and souvenirs.
Transfers to cruises and daytrips to the Whitsunday Islands and Outer Great Barrier Reef are popular in Airlie.  

What to eat and drink in Airlie Beach, Australia


Eat

Airlie has many varied restaurants, both budget and more expensive, and a range of takeaway places with specials catering to the backpacker market.
For those foodies out there, Deja Vu at Water's Edge Resort is beautiful and Capers at the Airlie Beach Hotel is always reliable. For those on a budget, Beaches, Down Under Bar & Grill or Magnums offer good pub style meals, with some of the sailing trips offering meals there included as part of the trip cost.
For those who are their own chefs, food can be purchased at the large supermarket chain that starts with W just behind the main Airlie Beach Street or at the large supermarket chains found in the neigbouring suburb of Cannonvale. A regular Whitsunday Transit bus can be taken from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday and Centro shopping centres both in Cannonvale.

Drink

Airlie has a great (or chaotic, depending on your view) nightlife with bars concentrated on the main road.

Shopping in Airlie Beach, Australia


There are many fashion shops and souvenir shops along the main street. Besides, there are two shopping centers near the town. 

Safety in Airlie Beach, Australia


You should take normal precautions against bag snatching, pick pocketing and the like.

Emergencies

The number 000 (called 'triple zero' or 'triple oh') can be dialed from any telephone in Australia free of charge. This number will connect you with emergency operators for the police, fire brigade, and ambulance service. The first question that the operator will ask is which service you need.

If you require assistance during a flood, storm, cyclone, tsunami, earthquake or other natural disasters you can contact the State Emergency Service in each state (except for Northern Territory) on 132 500. You will be connected with your local unit and help can be organized from there. Note that if the emergency is life-threatening, call triple zero.

If you want to contact these services but the situation is not an emergency, don't call 000: you can call the police assistance line on 131 444. Poisons information advice, which can also advise on snake, spider, and insect bites, is available on 131 126. Information on locating the nearest medical services can be obtained by calling 1800 022 222.

Hearing or speech impaired people with TTY equipment can dial 106. Those with Internet connectivity can use the Internet Relay Service.

Calls from fixed line (landline) phones may be traced to assist the emergency services to reach you. The emergency services have limited ability to trace the origin of emergency calls from mobile phones, especially outside of urban areas, so be sure to calmly and clearly provide details of your location. Because of the number sequence for emergency calls, around 60% of calls to the emergency numbers are made in error.

Nobody will likely respond to your call unless you can effectively communicate to the operator that you need assistance. If you are in need of assistance, but cannot speak, you will be diverted to an IVR and asked to press 55 to confirm that you are in need of assistance and have not called by accident. Your call will then be connected to the police.

Emergency numbers from other countries (for example, '911' in the USA) do not work in Australia. '112' will not work from a landline phone.

 

Language spoken in Airlie Beach, Australia


The English language is universally spoken and understood in Australia. Australian English as generally spoken is distinctive in accent and idiom. It mostly developed from the speech of south-eastern England in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries but is more nasal.

LOCAL TIME

12:45 pm
June 17, 2019
Australia/Brisbane

CURRENT WEATHER

17.83 °C / 64.094 °F
light rain
Tue

13.53 °C/56 °F
sky is clear
Wed

12.78 °C/55 °F
sky is clear
Thu

13.53 °C/56 °F
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Fri

17.01 °C/63 °F
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LOCAL CURRENCY

AUD

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