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Airlie Beach Pocket Guide

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As a launch pad to the stunning Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach attracts the bulk of travellers exploring the east coast of Australia, which has led to it becoming much more than just a stopover town. Its main thoroughfare is Shute Harbour Road, and here you'll find everything that this small town has to offer. You'll also encounter countless tour companies dealing in wild adventures at sea during the day include sailing, snorkeling, scuba-diving, kayaking and speed boating, while on dry land an equally wild nightlife awaits you. But the main attractions here are the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands. You can choose from a host of multi-day cruises which bring you all around this UNESCO World Heritage site and also to jewel in the crown, Whitehaven Beach. Explore this region and you'll leave thinking you've just seen paradise. You won't be far wrong.


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In The Guide

  • Cheap Eats Find out what restaurants are best value for money and what are the local specialties.
  • Don't Miss A list of the best local attractions and places worth visiting whilst in Airlie Beach.
  • Budget Tips Insider tips on how to save money or what to do when you don't have any!
  • A day in Airlie Beach... Only have one day to spare? We give you our ultimate day in Airlie Beach.

Airlie Beach City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Friendly Town

    Airlie Beach is a town that know how to have fun. I was lucky to be here in SEptember, great time of year with beautiful sunny days and cooler nights.

    Insider Tip:Make sure you go sailing!

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Do not book a sailing trip for three days/two nights!

    Airlie Beach does not have a beach for swimming, only a very nice lagoon. We did a three days sailing trip and you can safe the money and do something different. The sailing boats are really small, just two toilets and after three times snorkeling you get bored. There is no adventure at all and if it is raining you will wish to be back in Airlie as soon as you can. The only thing you really need to see is Whitehaven Beach and you can book a day tour instead of boring sailing tour.

    Insider Tip:Book a scenic flight over Great Barrier Reef - breathtaking and the most amazing thing to do

  • 60%

    Seb79

    Small town

    As many cities on the sunshine coast, the city is very small and just activities to do there like sailing, snorkeling and diving. The night life is pretty good with a few bar/club.

    Insider Tip:If you have time you can walk north to see the botanic garden

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Camira: Good day out on the sea

    The Camira Sailing adventure was great! :) Also the snorkelling, at least for me, was better than in the outer reef the day before!

    Insider Tip:Snorkel within the boundaries, but further from the crowd.

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    backpacker town

    i felt right at home with all my mates that I met up the coast in Airlie. nice small town full of friendly people

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