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.
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.
I think Airlie Beach is a wonderful place to relax and it has the most beautiful scenery.
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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