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Location

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.
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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.

See the Whitsundays
Come and relax and kick back at the Festival of Music or make room in your schedule for a full-blown holiday and some Whitsunday adventures like:

Aerobatics – loop the loop over Airlie Beach

Air Whitsunday – see the Great Barrier Reef from above in a helicopter or seaplane

Big Fury – fast rafting and snorkelling to the islands

Bird-watching – sit on your balcony and watch the variety of birds that come by Camira – a day sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach

Crocodile Safari – takes you to the Proserpine river to see crocodiles in the wild

Cruise Whitsundays – taking you to the islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef and the ultimate overnight experience with Reefsleep.

Dam Good Fishing tours – Peter Faust Dam to tackle trophy Barramundi

Day Sailing Adventures – from backpacker style to tall ships and luxury

Fishing – drop a line in along the bay, in the marina or at one of the many beaches along the coast. There is also a choice of half or whole day fishing charters

Flying Outrigger Canoe Tours – 1.5 hour tours for 7-70 year olds!

Fun Rentals – hire a car, scooter, motorbike, segway or moke and get out and about

Golf Driving Range – at Regatta Waters

Hair and Beauty – enjoy a wide choice of spas offering body, nail, face and hair treatments

Heli Taxi – tours, see the GBR, joy flights, island tours

Jet ski tours – explore the waterways on 1.5 or 4 hour guided tours

Live Music – Airlie Beach has great live music all year round but especially from 5-8 November.

Markets – every Saturday you can find local produce and hand-made craft

Mini Four Wheel Driving – half day action tour

Mountain biking – try it in Conway National Park or on South Molle Island

Museum – visit the historic museum in Proserpine

Natural Therapies - choice of therapies, readings, health foods and body maintenance

Nightclubbing – yes, get back to your youth and enjoy a wild night on the town

Ocean Rafting – the ride of your life to Whitehaven Beach

Picnic – eat fresh cooked prawns at the Lagoon, fish and chips on the beach, picnic at Cedar Creek Falls or head out to the gorgeous beaches at Cape Gloucester

Parasail – try the once in a lifetime experience in tropical Para-dise

Photography – have a family portrait taken by one of the many professional photographers

Real Estate – have a look at becoming a “real local” and buy your own piece of paradise

Restaurants – with over 30 restaurants in town you will find a cuisine to suit your tastes

Retail Therapy – besides all the retail stores in Airlie Beach and Centro, there are a few specialty boutiques including Colour Me Crazy in Proserpine and Paya in Cannonvale

Sailing – twilight racing every Wednesday, bareboat charters, day cruises, Tall Ships and crewed cruises

Sea Kayaking – peaceful way to get out on the water and enjoy your surroundings

Segway tours – around Airlie Beach or out to the rainforest at Brandy Creek

Scamper – camping connection to one of numerous deserted islands

Sky diving – jump directly over the beautiful Whitsunday islands

Stand-up Paddle – peaceful way to travel! off Shingley Beach and Lagoon Beach

Sundowner Cruises – enjoy the view over Airlie Beach from the water at sunset

Thundercat – adventure of a lifetime to Whitehaven Beach

Walking Trails – take a hike on the Conway Circuit or experience the many National Park walks

Water Parks – there’s two here now, one at Boathaven Beach and one near the Lagoon

Weddings – speak to a consultant about organising your wedding or renewing your vows

Whale Watching – June to September