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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

. 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 seaside boardwalk.
Airlie Beach used to be a backpacker haven but has now been discovered by Australians and has consequently... Read more

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

. 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 seaside boardwalk.
Airlie Beach used to be a backpacker haven but has now been discovered by Australians and has consequently become more commercialized 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 center 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 passengers are tendered ashore. The city center 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.

Buses, tuk tuks, and taxis are available. Besides, you can hire a car or scooter. You can also explore the town on a bicycle or on foot.

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 center.

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 neighboring suburb of Cannonvale. A regular Whitsunday Transit bus can be taken from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday and Centro shopping centers 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 the usual precautions against pickpocketing.

Emergency number: 000 

When swimming at surf beaches, swim on beaches patrolled by surf lifesavers and between the red and yellow flags. Surf conditions can change quickly, and invisible rips can cause problems for even the strongest swimmers. The flags denote the safest area to swim in and the area is monitored.
If you see signs warning swimmers that "stingers" (poisonous animals) are in the water, read them carefully as some are deadly. Find a pool or use one of the net protected beach enclosures common on many main beaches.

Skin cancer is a serious health issue in Australia, and sunburn and sunstroke are related problems. Make sure you wear SPF 15+ sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and a t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt whenever you can in summer even on cloudy days. Particularly, protect children's skin between 10 AM to 2 PM, as the summer sun can cause a severe burn that will at best ruin your holiday, and at the worst end in a trip to the local hospital. Many media outlets list the UV Index (sun factor) with the weather broadcast. In summer in Queensland expect that the UV Index will be extreme every day.

Drink water: most locals carry a bottle of water with them at most times in the summer. The humidity can take you unaware, and dehydrate you quickly. Make sure children take regular drinks if they are playing outdoors, and carry water with you on car journeys, hikes or any time you may inadvertently end up somewhere unexpected.

Language spoken in Airlie Beach, Australia


English is the main language.

LOCAL TIME

2:23 pm
January 24, 2020
Australia/Brisbane

CURRENT WEATHER

26.52 °C / 79.736 °F
moderate rain
Sat

25.48 °C/78 °F
moderate rain
Sun

26.11 °C/79 °F
light rain
Mon

24.77 °C/77 °F
light rain
Tue

24.58 °C/76 °F
light rain

LOCAL CURRENCY

AUD

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