Airlie Beach is located in the world famous Whitsundays. The Whitsundays is renowned as an iconic holiday destination with places like the Great Barrier Reef, Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach at the top of millions of dream destinations the world around. Airlie Beach is considered to be the hub of the Whitsundays, Airlie Beach is the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast, almost entirely catering for travellers and holiday makers.
The Whitsundays region consists of 74 islands and the Whitsunday Coast is an inviting peninsula with beaches along the coastline, nestled against a national park and beautiful hinterland.
Where to stay
Airlie Beach provides a mainland base for holiday makers and those venturing off into one of the many Whitsunday islands like Hamilton Island, Day Dream Island and Hayman Island, where accommodation styles are as varied and suits all budget types. A holiday in Airlie Beach has several distinct advantages. There is a large number of options to suit all budgets, from self contained holiday apartments to full service hotels and resorts, family focused or adults only. You can choose to stay in central Airlie Beach, just out of town on scenic Cannonvale Beach or leafy Jubilee Pocket, or further along at the secluded beach townships. The vast majority of tour operators in the Whitsundays use Airlie Beach as their base, so you will find the greatest variety of day tours and overnight boats in Airlie Beach.
Abel Point Marina is where most Whitsunday island ferries depart from and where many of the private boats and yachts are moored, the marina is about 1km west along a pleasant boardwalk, and Shute Harbour is about 12km east. Shute Harbour serves as a key boarding point for ferries between the Whitsunday Islands and the mainland and is believed to be the second busiest commuter port in Australia behind Sydney’s Circular Quay. The Shute Harbour Marina development has been planned to revitalise the precinct and cater for demand from boat owners while reinvigorating local, interstate and international tourism which helps underpin the prosperity of the region.