Queensland Map
Airlie Beach is located midway along the Queensland Coast.

Airports are located at Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport about 40min from Airlie Beach and..

Hamilton Island Airport a short ferry ride from Hamilton Island.
Whitsunday Tourism Video
Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach is the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach is a small coastal village offering tourist shops, restaurants, weekly markets and a lively nightlife.

Renowned for its party lifestyle, the main street is lined with bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and plenty of live music.

Known as the ‘drinking town with a sailing problem’, it is located on the east coast of Australia about half way between Brisbane and Cairns. With a perfect sub-tropical climate and an average temperature of 26ºC, people have been coming from all over the world to visit Airlie Beach and it is a favourite holiday destination for backpackers, sailors, anglers and anyone who likes sand, sea and palm trees.

Known as the “launching pad” to the Great Barrier Reef this is the place you can visit Heart Reef, Whitehaven beach, island resorts or one of the many uninhabited Whitsunday Island National Parks. The average age of the local residents is 37 years while most visitors are young or young at heart and come in search of the wide choice of water activities, sailing, snorkelling and diving around the Great Barrier Reef.

The town is definitely “party central” for the Whitsundays.

The main street is sandwiched between two large marinas and the hilly terrain gives it the appearance of a Mediterranean coastal town. The natural harbours of the Whitsundays are an ideal location to drop anchor and, along with the array of crafts berthed in the marinas and Pioneer Bay, creates a truly spectacular vista. The speed of life is pretty slow but the place comes alive from 5-8 November when thousands of people, all committed to having a good time, come to town for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

Airlie Beach has many options when it comes to accommodation including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, backpacker motels and caravan parks. Look for good deals on the Airlie Beach Festival of Music website or our Facebook page. During the Airlie Beach Festival of Music many of the bars have live music during the day and you can just walk from your accommodation and between venues choosing your favourite bands.

The headline acts play on the main stage at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, right on the shores of the Coral Sea. So we invite you to grab a few friends, throw your cares away and head to this tropical paradise for a relaxing weekend in November of great music, friendly people and happy days.
How to Get Here
Fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine (about 45 minute drive from Airlie Beach) or Hamilton Island airport and take a Cruise Whitsunday ferry to Port of Airlie on the mainland.

Tigerair flies direct from Sydney to Whitsunday Coast airport while Jetstar and Virgin have connections or fly direct from Brisbane. You can also fly with Tigerair from Melbourne to Mackay and transfer to Airlie Beach via bus transfer (1.5 hours). Hamilton Island airport is serviced by Qantas, Qantaslink and Virgin airlines.

You can drive from anywhere in Australia via the Bruce Highway, catch a train or bus or sail your boat into one of our two gorgeous marinas. Book ahead for accommodation or a marina berth at Port of Airlie or Abell Point Marina.