Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, a colourful, cosmopolitan and inviting holiday town lying on the shores of a palm fringed beach and overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay dotted with yachts. Airlie is part of a picturesque peninsula that reaches out to the Whitsunday Passage and provides the ideal mainland base for holiday fun and adventure in the Whitsundays.
Airlie Beach offers visitors a broad array of accommodation from stylish resort hotels on the water’s edge and apartments on the hillside overlooking the panorama of beach, bay and islands, to bed and breakfast options, motels, camping and caravan parks as well as a host of backpacker accommodation. Airlie provides many of the essential services for travellers in the region and the town’s shopping areas are open seven days a week.
The mainland’s dining and entertainment options centre around Airlie Beach, ranging from silver service resort dining to al fresco cafes and cheap eats, while Airlie’s clubs and bars provide plenty of entertainment well into the night.
Airlie Beach Lagoon
The Airlie Beach Lagoon is 4,300sqm and 4.5 million litres of fresh, self-chlorinated water, located parallel to the Main Street, on the foreshore of Airlie Beach. It is built on a raised breakwater, giving an excellent view out to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands.
It provides a saltwater environment that is completely safe from stingers, all year round. The adjoining pools include a sheltered children’s wading pool, a shallow, 1.5 metre depth maximum children’s pool and a larger pool which has a maximum depth of 2 metres and separate swimming lanes for those fitness enthusiasts.
Airlie Creek Walking Track
A new walking track has recently been completed in Airlie Beach which has provided another mainland tourist attraction.
The track is approximately 900 metres in length with the first 400 metres being a gravel path and the remaining 500 metres a bush track. The walk presents two main features in the form of a large Fig Tree at Airlie Creek and it finishes at some beautiful rocky ponds.
The walk provides a rainforest experience close to the centre of town which locals and visitors can enjoy. It also offers the chance to see some rare plant species, including the Whitsunday Bottle Tree and you might even see a Proserpine Rock Wallaby!