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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
"TERRIBLE -- MANAGEMENT FRAUDSTERS!! - They confirm one price then charge another, directly to your card without your authorization. Is this not fraud? They want you to wash your own dishes and change your own bed linen. Then why am I paying hotel prices? The breakfast is at a super early inconvenient hour, like 7 to 7:30 a.m. WTF? And it's rubbish. The reason? Well, it's convenient for the management. They do nothing but wander about with...
Airlie Beach Magnums
"Airlie Beach Magnums is very large, with extensive grounds and numerous buildings. The reception is combined with a tour booking office. Although it says it is not a party hostel, the front section of the hostel grounds is a nightclub, bar, and restaurant where there are parties every night. If that isn't your thing, don't worry -- the accommodations are far enough from the front that you can have an early night. The Location This...
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
"Nomads Airlie Beach is an outstanding hostel set right in the heart of Airlie Beach that includes the lively Shed Bar and its own Mad Travel Desk. The Location Nomads Airlie Beach is located right in the heart of Airlie Beach on Shute Harbour Road right in the centre of town. The hostel is only a short walk away from so many of Airlie Beach's famous attractions including the Lagoon, Beach, and the Town Centre. The central location of...
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...
"Stayed here 2001, ok hostel, great breakfast, good location." … "Nice quiet hostel, lovely staff, nice rooms, although the mattresses should be replaced." … 346 Shute Harbour Road
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
"… with a stove, refrigerator, television, crockery, cutlery, saucepans, toaster, electric jug etc. All linen is supplied in villas, and units. Disabled facilities are also available. And for those who have dogs there is no need to miss out on the unique experience of the Whitsundays because when you book your trip with us, we will check on your dog throughout the day and also take it for a couple of walks, whilst you are out...
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Resort
"… 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 straight to Kipara for a memorable stay! Reception is...
Airlie Beach Motor Lodge
"… 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 staff at Airlie Beach Motor Lodge are long...
Whitsunday On The Beach
"… stay through their tour desk service. Our tour desk has all the latest standby deals for all the over night boats. Fully serviced self-contained units feature: Queen size bed or single bed Single, Twin, Queen, Triple and up to 4 bed rooms. Refrigerator, cooking and tea making facilities. Air conditioning and ceiling fan. Colour TV with DVD and clock radio Direct access to Airlie Beach Lagoon Most units have balconies...
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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