Here’s a Quick Guide to Airlie Beach – a tourist hot spot as it is the launch pad for one of Australia’s most iconic attractions- the Whitsundays! As a result the town is a great place to hang out. During the day the lagoon offers a relaxing spot and in the evening there are a few bars playing live music.
Located between the high street and the beach, the lagoon is an awesome free facility. It is basically a very large swimming pool which is open 24hrs. From dawn to dusk there is a life guard service and you will also find showers and toilets here. We enjoyed an afternoon of sunbathing on the grass followed by the occasional paddle in this great pool.
The walkway is a 6km return which winds along the coastline from Airlie Beach to Cannondale. A timber footpath will guide you along the route which is flat and isn’t too strenuous even on hot day.
Paddy’s is a very popular Irish pub that isn’t to be missed! A local favourite, this place offers nightly live music performances, seating and open dance space as well as their signature drink – the Nashy (cider, vodka and redbull). Paddy’s is the place to go for an evening drink when in Airlie beach.
Airlie beach offers some great hostels, Magnums was our choice – It’s a large hostel that supplies free Wi-Fi, parking for campervans and pitches for tents, just off the high street it’s in the perfect location. We spent 1 day in Airlie beach, this was ample time to explore.
If you are going to book a tour for either The Whitsundays or the Great Barrier Reef then they can both be arranged here along with many others.
- We found that Bookme.com.au was the best place to find a Whitsundays sailing deal.
- Book your Whitsundays tour or Great Barrier Reef tour through a hostel to receive a free nights accommodation.
- Be aware of parking restrictions. You will see security regularly patrolling car parks so abide by the parking restrictions. Unlimited free parking can be found at the rear of Woolworths by the high street.