OVERVIEW OF AIRLIE BEACH
The town of Airlie Beach, often referred to as the "Gateway To The Whitsundays", radiates a certain bohemian charm, with a blend of cosmopolitan and contemporary Australian style. Facing north on the eastern coast of Australia, Airlie Beach is blessed with late afternoon sun in the winter and cool, refreshing breezes in the summer. The coastal village of Airlie Beach serves as the ideal launching pad to explore the majestic Whitsunday islands, vast areas of untouched natural forests and the idyllic Great Barrier Reef.
With Airlie Beach being positioned on a picturesque peninsula that reaches out into the Whitsunday waters, the town is an ideal base if you enjoy water sports or just splashing around. Popular activities range from scenic to absolute thrilling and include, sailing the islands, diving or snorkeling, ocean rafting, water skiing, tube riding and much more.
The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
Over millions of years the world's largest collection of corals, coral sponges, mollusks and seaweed has been created. Made up of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays, and covering an area large than the U.K., the Great Barrier Reef has become one of Australia's most visited tourist attractions. Join a diving or snorkeling group and see the rich, colourful beauty that radiates just a few meters below surface. Explore an environment that is perfect for over 1500 species of tropical fish and the habitat to several endangered species including the Green Sea Turtle and Dugong (Sea Cow).
Other Fun Things To Do
Airlie Beach has a manmade natural looking lagoon complex on its foreshore. The lagoon, surrounded by tropical gardens and large grassy areas, is perfect for whiling away a hot afternoon.
Enjoy Whitehaven Beach and Fringe Reef snorkeling.
Covered by lush landscape, bordered by gorgeous beaches and surrounded by coral laden ocean waters, the Whitsunday Islands is guaranteed to mesmerize every guest. Find a great selection of activities, attractions and entertainment opportunities on the land, in the water and in the air.
Explore lowland tropical rainforest, picturesque creeks and lofty peaks overlooking Airlie Beach in the Conway State Forest, one of the oldest continuously surviving rainforests. This forest is home to 20 rainforest plants found only in this region and offers a refuge for wildlife.
How about a day on a luxury island resort? Take the short catamaran ride from the ship to the popular Daydream Island Resort.
Get A Taste Of Local Flavor
From Abel Point Marina to the heart of the village, Airlie Beach is home to an abundance of restaurants that are guaranteed to have your mouth watering. Shute Harbour Road, the main street and back bone of Airlie Beach, is lined with a variety of good restaurants, cafes and bars, many with outdoor seating offering superb views over the Whitsunday Passage. Sunday afternoon entertainment on Esplanade has become particularly popular and you can enjoy live music from a number of bars and restaurants, dining al fresco.
Shopping For Bargains
The Whitsunday Shopping Center on Shute Harbour Road is the area's largest mall-style shopping center. This is the common place for locals and tourists alike to come together and shop till they drop. Another good place to spend time shopping is at the markets, which are located on the Airlie Beach Esplanade along the beachfront, every Saturday morning. Showcasing a wonderful range of arts and crafts from talented craftspeople, you can expect to find beautiful jewelry, clothing, unique souvenirs, glass blowing and lots of entertainment.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the official currency of Australia. Many stores and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember there is a Value-Added Tax added to most purchases.