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About Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach, the coastal town closest to the Whitsunday Islands, is a gorgeous small town. It's the perfect location for travel to the magnificent Whitsunday Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef. While a bit on the touristy side, this can play to your advantage, with lots of places to book an excellent variety of day trips. The most popular trips are 2, or 3 days - up to a week - sailing around the Whitsundays. This is an experience not to be missed! The boats will visit excellent Great Barrier Reef sites, and let you snorkel around in much more private areas than Cairns. Boats will also likely visit Whitehaven Beach, which has been consistently voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Ask the reception at your Airlie Beach hostel for more information.
Airlie Beach Hostels are all located in the centre of town, next to all the restaurants and shops. There is no bus station, you will just be dropped off downtown. Most of the hostels in town are cheaply priced, have pools, and serve breakfast. If you are looking to sleep, avoid the party hostels. Many hostels also provide booking services, so that you can book your sailing trip, helicopter ride, scuba diving experience, etc. If you’re going on a multi-day sailing trip, most hostels will allow you to store your luggage and/ or park your car for free, or for a negligible price.
Airlie Beach is a worthwhile stop, on your way either to or from Cairns. It is a beautiful small town where you can spend a couple of days relaxing on the man-made beach, The Lagoon.
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Backpackers by the Bay
"There's no escaping it -- Airlie Beach is a party town, but you don't have to stay at a major party hostel right next to the bars to have a good time -- Backpackers by the Bay is a great alternative to the party scene! Since everyone does a sailing trip to the Whitsundays, most people are only in Airlie Beach for a night or two before and after their boat trip. The Location Backpackers by the Bay is located right on the edge of town....
Airlie Waterfront Backpackers
"Airlie Waterfront Backpackers is a very modern and clean hostel located in the heart of Airlie Beach. It offers a number of excellent facilities and also has a helpful booking office that can help to arrange any tours such as the Whitsunday Islands. The Location The hostel is ideally located on the main street and right on the beach front. It is in the centre of everything which goes on in Airlie Beach and you can be at the bus stop,...
Global Backpackers Airlie Beach
"Global Backpackers Airlie Beach is located in the center of Airlie Beach City, the best place to visit Whitsundays Islands –- one of the best spots on the east coast of Australia. This hostel is a nice place, but with old decor and furniture that could use a refresh. This hostel is centrally located and has a lot of accommodation available, with nice facilities to fit your needs. This hostel has a good quality/price relation because of its...
Bush Village Budget Cabins
"Really lovely place to stay. It's not in the centre but they run regular minibus trips to the main street so its not a problem. The cabin was great, it really gave us a feel of seclusion. Free breakfasts were fab and they put a film on everynight so you can put your feet up and relax. The guy on reception was really helpful and helped us change our whitsunday booking. Fantastic place to stay." … "Great hostel -- best in Airlie Beach....
Airlie Beach Magnums
"Magnum's Backpackers is right along Shute Harbor Road, where a bright yellow banner announcing the place greets you as locals sip happy-hour-priced beers from afternoon until evening and all-day drink specials on Sundays. Magnum's features great access to the lagoon (across the street) and a crackin' night life. Location Magnum's is located right smack in the middle of the small town of Airlie Beach, which can be reached via plane ride...
Airlie Beach YHA Hostel
"Airlie Beach YHA has a very convenient location -- five-minute walk from the Greyhound bus stop and five minutes from the Main Street, shops, and restaurants. It is also fifteen-minute walk from Abel Point (the Marina) where the majority of the boats depart to the Whitsunday Islands Group. The hostel has two buildings -- one with the reception and the twin/double rooms and the second one with the dorms and communal areas, including...
Nomads Airlie Beach
"… Airlie Beach is the only backpackers hostel in Airlie to offer proper camping facilities in town! We have a range of camping options including tent spaces and powered and non-powered sites to park your van up for the night so you can take advantage of all the great facilities onsite and some famous Aussie hospitality! Why not chill out by the pool or challenge one of your fellow travellers to a game of volleyball... or after a...
Base Airlie Beach Resort
"Base Airlie Beach Resort is a hostel that is predominantly used by backpackers before and after trips around the Whitsunday Islands. The hostel is the most recently acquired property of the Base group, and dorms are converted resort bedrooms. We stayed at the hostel for two nights as part of a deal involving a cruise on the Wings 2 catamaran. The Location The hostel is located at the northern end of Shute Harbour Drive in Airlie Beach...
Airlie Beach Organic Guesthouse
"… of the natural beauty of the Whitsunday area inspires us to offer an alternative in accommodation. Our light breakfast included in your room charge is organically based, featuring our own home made organic muesli and fresh fruits We are not only passionate about sailing, but also about sustainable agriculture. We maintain the organic vegetable garden and banana trees. In the B&B's organic garden you find a variety of native trees...
Koala Beach Resort - Airlie Beach
"Koala Beach Resort is one of the three dominant backpackers located on the main street in Airlie Beach. It is conveniently located close to the Airlie Beach Lagoon, the grocery store, the main bus stop, pay phones, an internet cafe, liquor stores and the town's nightlife. The building is in good condition and the dorm rooms are relatively clean, but not immaculate. This might be partly due to the amount of traffic that moves through...
"Club Crocodile Airlie Beach is a multi award winning tropical resort located in the beautiful Whitsunday's. Awarded an AAA Tourism star rating of 3 ½ stars, Club Crocodile Airlie Beach guarantees a perfect Whitsunday escape at affordable prices for international and domestic guests. Club Crocodile Airlie Beach Has It All We invite you to join us for a cool cocktail in the heated spa, sunbathing by one of the two oasis style pools joined by a...
"… has 2 pools and spa for you to enjoy. Dine in the restaurant and enjoy cocktails at sunset at the cocktail bar. Not forgetting The Great Barrier Reef and surrounding national parks. All rooms overlook the beautiful vista of the Coral Sea and the northern islands of the Whitsundays. From your balcony, either one of the swimming pools or the restaurant and bar, you can enjoy the views and the constant activity of yachts and cruisers...
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Flametree Tourist Village
"… tour enquiries and bookings look no further then the friendly and experienced staff at Flametree, who can find the perfect trip to suit you. All tours will pick up and drop off right at our front door. For all overnight sailing trips when you book with us, we store your belongings for free and run you to and from the boat. And for those who have dogs there is no need to miss out on the unique experience of the Whitsundays because...
Island Gateway Holiday Park
"With an extensive range of accommodation styles and modern facilities to suit all budgets, you will find the perfect place to escape, relax and unwind. Our welcoming staff have a vast knowledge of the local area and are happy to provide you with information on the best possible way to make your Whitsundays holiday one to remember. To make things even easier, they can even make the booking on your behalf. If you have a curious mind, are...
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Resort
"… are an excellent value for larger groups or couples wanting lots of space! All accommodations include a private ensuite with shower, A/C, fridge, television and Austar. Also on site is a swimming pool, BBQ area, a groovy camp kitchen, laundry facilities, tour bookings and wireless internet. All of that in a splendid Tropical Rainforest setting! Don't ruin your Whitsundays experience by booking the wrong accommodation and come...
Airlie Beach Motor Lodge
"… microwaves, tea and toast making facilities. Units are serviced daily, linen and bath towels are provided and there are two laundries with washing machines and dryers. Airlie Beach Motor Lodge offers covered parking, wireless internet access, is pet friendly and has certified Disabled Access Facilities. Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands - 74 islands set inside the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The...
Whitsunday On The Beach
"Located on the Airlie Beach Lagoon in the centre of town. All our units are self contained and within walking distance to all tours and restaurants. On site car parking available. Free WiFi Direct access to Airlie Beach Lagoon. Tour Desk at reception to book all your boat tours. Car and Scooter hire on site if you wish to go touring around the area." … "… of our front door. From the bus terminal we are about 10 min walk or a...
Airlie Beach Travel Tips & Suggestions
Airlie is your jumping off point for the Whitsundays. And the place to get mad drunk with your boatmates afterward. Other than that, it's really not so special.
Airlie Beach is a cardboard cutout village for tourists. Anyone who is interested in the real Australia should take some time out to visit any other small town that doesn't gain its capital from tourism or an indigenous settlement. That said, if partying, picking up, and getting pissed on an island is what it's all about for your trip -- go Airlie in a big way.
— Disgruntled Aussie
Airlie Beach was the first place to encourage me to fill my undies with sand and bark at the moon. It's a must for sadomasochists.
What a awesome spot -- it doesn't get much better than Airlie for fun in the sun and parties all night.
It's like spring break. It's just one street and all you do is get smashed at night with all the clubs and bars. An absolute must is Whitehaven beach. Enjoy!
I visited Airlie in 2001. It was a great place, beautiful. You must go to Whitehaven beach! It is the most beautiful place I have ever been!
My friends and I stayed here for a week in August 2003, we had a blast. The 3 day Whitsunday catamaran trip was amazing!! All in all I would definitely recommend goin to Airlie beach for a good time with friends.
— Lindsay from Canada
Great laugh, loads of happy memories from airlie.
Airlie beach is like is village purely built for backpackers! Relax by day, have a blast at night.
— Terrence Rox
I think Airlie Beach is a wonderful place to relax and it has the most beautiful scenery.
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