Airlie Beach was a beautiful area to visit, especially if you have clear sunny days. We lucked out because the weather was amazing for our entire trip. I'd hate to see it on a rainy day, because there wouldn't be very much to do in the city. The city itself is small, not much to do, other than tan/sit in the sun or go to the lagoon. You really need to get out on the water to enjoy this trip, otherwise you'd be bored. Bring your wallet because most day trips are expensive!
Insider Tip:Make sure you have beautiful weather, and be sure to get out on the water!