Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays region of Queensland is the centre of one of Australia’s premier tourist regions. Airlie Beach is situated on the mainland and is the major jumping off point for the Whitsunday island resorts in the nearby Whitsunday Passage. The town has extremely well developed tourist infrastructure and is the home of a massive bareboat and yacht charter industry. Everyone should spend at least one holiday in their lifetime aboard a charter yacht in this magical place. Airlie beach is easy to access with coaches calling daily from both north and south and three domestic airports service the region. Whitsunday airport is located near Proserpine and ground transfers are available. Great Barrier Reef airport is located on Hamilton Island and Blue Ferry’s provide transfers to the mainland and most of the resort islands.
The commercial centre of Airlie Beach is situated right on the beach front and has a beautiful resort village type of atmosphere. There are many restaurants and cafés and lots of alfresco dining to help you enjoy the tropical climate. On the hill overlooking the town centre there is a number of apartment style accommodation resorts. The bulk of these apartments are luxurious and have spectacular views over the town and the ocean and islands to the north. Airlie Beach accommodation is second to none and caters to all budgets.
There is almost always a myriad yachts and charter boats out on the water creating a wonderful holiday panorama. Airlie beach is a cruising yachtsman’s paradise with the islands and beaches of the Whitsunday Passage lying just offshore. Here you can holiday on a crewed charter boat for a day or a week or you can charter a bare boat from the marina for as long as you like and spend an unforgettable holiday lazing your way around the bays, inlets and beaches of this picturesque island paradise. Whitsunday sailing is an unforgettable experience. The local Island Resorts which give the region its fame cater to every budget and are within easy reach of Airlie Beach. There are regular ferry services from Airlie Beach and Shute harbour to help you get there.
The Great Barrier Reef lies just offshore and you can visit it on one of the daily trips operated by Fantasea Cruises. They operate the Reef World platform which is anchored right on the reef and from here you can dive or snorkel to your hearts content in complete safety. You can also stay overnight on the Reef World Platform and use the underwater observatory under the moonlight. Airlie Beach is one of those places that every backpacker travelling to Australia must visit. The area caters for this market with many quality hostels and yachting trips that are set up to cater to this market. The night life is legendary and Airlie is known as party central.
If you want to visit the Airlie Beach area on your next holiday then email or ring our office and one of our consultants will assist and advise on what is the best value for money. There are many cheap and shonky operators here so don’t get caught out.