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  Airlie Beach Information & Map

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands
  Airlie Beach looking over Whitsunday Islands

Airlie Beach is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and inviting village lying at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. There is a small beach enveloped by coconut palm trees, with beautiful parks and gardens. Looking out from under a palm tree you see the yachts in Pioneer Bay, while on the horizon you can see Hayman Island, one of the famous Whitsunday Resorts. 

Airlie Beach is still a relatively small village with tropical holiday feel.

  Airlie Beach, Sailing, Yachts on Anchor

Airlie is situated approximately 20kms east from the Sugar Cane Town of Proserpine and is on a peninsula surrounded by the bay one side and rugged mountains behind.

As you come into Airlie Beach from Proserpine, you will first pass through Cannonvale, which offers 2 major shopping centres.  These shopping centres have the major store brands such as Woolworths and Coles, Big W and Target along with numerous small shops from hairdressers to hardware stores to clothing stores.

From Cannonvale keep heading towards Airlie Beach and you will rise up the hill, once at the top, stunning views where you will look over Abell Point Marina. 

Abel Point Marina is the main departure point for cruises to the Whitsunday Islands

The main street of Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Road, is dotted with Cafes, Bars, Clothing Stores, Souvenir Shops and all manner and variety of Restaurants to temp the taste buds... Thai, Indian, Seafood, Pizza, Mexican, Australian Steaks.  Essential services, such as Whitsunday Doctors, Dentists and Pharmacies are also located in the main street.

Shute Harbour Road in Airlie Beach

  Airlie Beach, looking west to east along Shute Harbour Road

Airlie Beach local map
  Airlie Beach Local Map

 A) Abell Pt Marina
 1) Base Backpacker
 4) YHA Backpackers
 7) Watersedge Apart
10) Backpackers by Bay
12) Magnums

 B) Check-in office
 2) Nomads
 5) Beach Plaza
 8) to Island Resorts
 11) Sea Breeze Van Park
 13) Coral Sea Resort

 D) Coach/Transit Stop
 3) Beaches
 6) Airlie Beach Hotel
 9) Reefs & Sailing
11) Bush Village
 P) Car Parks

Half way down the main street on the left is The Esplanade, found on google maps as 'Airlie Esplanade', where you will find access to the beach and an array of cafes dotted along the side walk.  On Saturdays, you will also find the Airlie Beach Markets, which provide a surprising variety local arts and crafts and seasonal fruits... try a frozen mango smoothie!

Of an evening, Airlie comes alive, and whether you are after al fresco dining experience, or a quick bite to eat before heading to the the bar or club, it's all here.  We can recommend eating on the Esplanade, restaurants include Capers, Cactus Jacks, the Whitsunday Sailing Club or Beach Plaza.  In the main street, try Fish Divine, Mangrove Jacks or KCs Bar and Grill. If you want to stay out all night the bars are open til very late!


Don't forget about the lagoon, just on the foreshore behind the main street shops.  It's free and a great place to enjoy a swim and watch over the yachts anchored in the bay.

Airlie Beach Lagoon is a beautiful place to relax, swim and look out over the Whitsundays
  Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach foreshore is dotted with Sculptures crafted from stone representing local marine animals, like the Dugong, also known as the Elephant of the Sea. 
Sculptures on the Airlie Beach Forshore
A 15 minute walk from the lagoon, heading west and following the Boardwalk along Broadwater Avenue, past Coral Sea Resort, and past Abel Point Marina, you will find Shingley Beach.  Another beautiful spot to sit under a palm and relax taking in the view over the marina and out to the Whitsundays.

Shingle Beach is near Airlie Beach
   Shingley Beach, is next to Abel Point Marina

 

Explore Whitsundays Group - Sailing Adventures of the Whitsunday Islands Queensland
Inbound Tour Operator Licence is 3368695.

Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach Qld 4802
Prices in $aud per person. Prices are valid until 31 Mar 2018.
Some Tours out over 24 or 25 December incur a local fee of $20-$40 per person.
Cancellation fees apply, please see conditions and terms
Credit Card payments incur a 2% transaction fee.
Please note, prices may increase at anytime or specials may be released based on demand.

Our Whitsunday Sailing Tours Include: Service of Captain and Crew, Meals, Snorkelling Equipment,
Wet Suit hire, Linen (please bring Beach Towel), Marine & National Park Fees. The following tours 
also include Local Transfers from Airlie Beach to the Marina and return:
Southern Cross, Solway Lass, Whitsunday Bliss and Whitsunday Bullet. 
Itineraries can change based on weather and sea conditions and guest safety.