Airlie Beach Attractions
let people who say that Airlie Beach is just a tourist town, put you
off visiting this wonderful area. The natural beauty of Airlie Beach
is more than enough to keep visitors spellbound for many days, and the
numerous fun activities, cruises and watersports that are available
in Airlie, will make your time in this tropical paradise very memorable.
While it is true that Airlie Beach is the gateway to the beautiful
Whitsunday Islands, Airlie has a charm of it's own that you can fully
enjoy right on the mainland. There are wonderful restaurants and bars
with delicious food and refreshing drinks. Accommodation to suit every
budget from backpackers to luxury 5 star resorts. Large shopping centres
at nearby Cannonvale, and we haven't even started talking about the
beautiful tropical weather and gorgeous sea views.
Airlie Beach is probably the best base from which to take day trips
and cruises to the Whitsunday
Islands such as Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach. You can go
snorkeling or scuba diving, hire a jet ski or perhaps simply enjoy a
sailing cruise under the sunny blue skies. Most cruise bookings come
with free pick up and drop off. You will be picked at at your accommodation
door by a free shuttle bus and everything is arrange for you. You can
also travel to either Shute Harbour or Abel Point Marina yourself and
organize your own cruise direct to save a few precious dollars.
But if cruises are not your thing, then why not just enjoy the natural
beauty of Airlie Beach itself. Here we will show you some of the things
to do in and around Airlie, good accommodation and nice places to eat.
behind the hustle and bustle of the main shopping street lies a quieter,
yet stunningly beautiful park area where you can take a swim
at the lagoon, use free BBQ's to enjoy a family picnic or just sit
and savor the beautiful sea views. If someone tells you there is no
beach at Airlie, they are wrong. There is a small beach directly behind
Beach Hotel that is really beautiful and a great place for a swim.
You can enjoy a scenic walk along the specially constructed Centenary
Boardwalk, which takes you some 3.5 kms around the foreshore from Airlie
Beach Lagoon, past Abel Point Marina and on to Shingley Beach and Cannonvale
Beach.. Keep your eyes peeled for turtles and other aquatic creatures
as you pass Whisper Bay, just on the Shingley Beach side of Abel Point
If you are looking for nightlife, Airlie Beach has it all. Clubs, bars
and discos are to be found along the main street, with most popular
spots within walking distance of your accommodation. Food, well you
can't go past an affordable steak burger and chips at Mangrove Jacks
Cafe and Bar, which is part of the Airlie Beach Hotel, plus there is
Maccas in the main street for the budget conscious and a variety of
cafes serving fish and chips, pizzas or a good Aussie pie.
Airlie Beach Shopping
There are many speciality shops and food outlets along the main street,
plus a supermarket, chemists, pubs and clubs.
A special attraction is the Airlie Beach Saturday Markets, located
on the beach walk foreshore. A variety of stalls display their wares
from 7.00am and include fresh local produce, hand crafted goods, delicious
home cooked food with free entertainment and various buskers, all creating
an atmosphere of a cosmopolitan city.
There is one very special shop along the main street where you can
listen to some digeridoo music and view authentic Aboriginal Art. If
you call into Whitsunday Opals, ask Tim if he would give you a sample
of the music that a digeridoo makes, he will be only too pleased to
play the digeridoo for you. Tim also gives digeridoo lessons, and if
you puchase a digeridoo, free lessons come with the purchase. Remember
the name, Whitsunday Opals. It is family operated and gives great discounts
on genuine Australian merchandise. Visit their website at www.aboriginalopalart.com
Good places to stay and things to see.
Airlie Beach backpacker accommodation can be found along the main street.
Airlie Beach Hotel is in a great position, serving delicious food and
ice cold drinks. Just look at the steak burger and chips image to the
right. Does't that make your mouth water?
Our personal Airlie Beach accommodation preference is the Coral
Sea Resort on Paradise Point.
The Two Island Cruise by Fantasea Cruises is great value for money,
visiting Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach, with a fabulous lunch
that will satisfy the hungriest guest.
Creek Falls is a must see attraction, plus you really should take
a swim in the Airlie Lagoon and enjoy those fabulous views.
There is something for everyone who visits Airlie Beach, no matter
how young or old, and it really is a fabulous tropical paradise, equal
to anywhere in the world.