Where is Airlie Beach Australia?

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Where is Airlie Beach Australia Review

Alan from Whitsunday Dive Centre, Great Barrier Reef Diving Expert

Airlie Beach is a relaxed Australian resort town on Queensland's Whitsunday Coast. Easy access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef is a feature of this fabulous holiday destination.

The picture of Airlie Beach below shows the actual main beach of Airlie Beach situated in the centre of town. A headland on the right of this photo houses the local sailing club which is a great low cost venue for meals and drinks. In the distance you can make out some of the many yachts that are moored in the sheltered waters of the Airlie Beach coastline.

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The Beach at Airlie Beach adjacent to the Esplanade

Latitude 20.2675° S
Longitude 148.7169° E

Where is Airlie each? The township of Airlie Beach is located on Queensland's east coast in the Whitsunday region. Airlie Beach is a major access port for the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. The present population of Airlie Beach is about 1300 with nearby Cannonvale at about 6,000.

Numerous trips are available from Airlie Beach for the adventurous or the benign to enjoy the beautiful islands the extraordinary reef complex that has been developed at Hardy Reef on the Great Barrier Reef. Options such as scuba diving, snorkelling, glass bottom boat and underwater viewing chamber are all available to the tourist. See Getting to Airlie Beach

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Cruises depart daily for the Great Barrier Reef from "Port of Airlie" in Airlie Beach, a marina complex located close to the Airlie Beach CBD. The trip to the reef pontoon takes about 3 hours but includes a pick up stop at Hamilton Island. Guests enjoy about 4 hours at the reef and all meals, snorkelling equipment, protective lycra suits and coral viewing facilities are included in the price.

Scuba diving for certified or novice divers is also available at an extra cost.

Activities in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Hotel, Restaurants and Shops

The view opposite is of the Airlie Beach hotel with Port of Airlie marina in the background. The beachfront, known locally as the Esplanade, has a great selection of quality restaurants and several more are located at Port of Airlie. The main street of Airlie Beach is located behind the hotel and supports numerous shops of all varieties and a moderately sized supermarket complex.

To the left of the hotel just out of view, on a headland is the Whitsundays Sailing Club. Nearby the Airlie Beach Markets operate every Saturday with a large array of local produce, clothing and artworks.


View of the Airlie Beach Hotel with Port of Airlie Marina in the backgound

Port of Airlie is the main terminal for Great Barrier Reef cruises departing from Airlie Beach to the Reefworld Pontoon. A recent addition to the Hardy Reef Pontoon is Reefsuites, Australia's first underwater accommodation.

Airlie Beach Lagoon

The Airlie Beach Lagoon is a large delightful swimming enclosure provided by the Airlie Beach community for free unlimited use by visitors to our area. Swimming in the sea at certain times of year is not advisable because of the possibility of encountering a marine stinger. These stingers can make you very ill so anyone swimming in the ocean is advised to wear protection, usually in the form of a lycra or 3mm neoprene full length suit.

Of course you will be perfectly safe in the lagoon at Airlie Beach where protection is not required.


The Airlie Beach lagoon is a free, patrolled swimming enclosure

From the lagoon it is only a short walk to the Airlie Beach CBD and main street where you will find all kinds of shops, bars and restaurants.

Learn to Scuba Dive in Airlie Beach

Many International and domestic travellers take the opportunity to complete their PADI Open Water Diving Certificate whilst holidaying in Airlie Beach. Initial Classroom and pool training is done at a professional PADI Diver Training Centre and the qualifying Open Water dives are done around the spectacular coral reefs of the Whitsunday Islands. If you are already a certified diver, you have the options of:

  1. Taking a 3 day 2 night liveaboard dive cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  2. Experience Reefsleep or Reefsuites and dive on the Great Barrier Reef
  3. A day dive to either the Whitsunday Islands or the Great Barrier Reef.

All of the above options are available on this website.


Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef from Airlie Beach

The Whitsunday Islands and Whitehaven Beach

The resort Islands of Hayman, South Molle, Daydream and Hamilton are all a short boat ride or light aircraft flight from Airlie Beach. Also several daytrips from the mainland will take tourists to Whitehaven Beach. Whitehaven is a beach comprising pure silicone sand that was laid down during the Ice Age and is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful beaches.


Whitehaven Beach is a major attraction accessed from Airlie Beach

The tourist season in Airlie Beach is a full twelve months although the busiest periods are school holidays and Christmas/New Year.

Coral Sea Resort Marina at Airlie Beach


As you approach Airlie Beach by road, below and to your left you see Coral Sea Resort Marina, recently recognised as one of the top 9 marinas in the world. Owner Paul Darrouzet has created a truly magnificent structure that has set the benchmark for all future tourism development in this region. The marina was awarded Platinum 5 Gold Anchor accreditation under the Global Gold Anchor Scheme - the first in Queensland.

The 4 star Airlie Beach resort accommodation sits on the headland at Abel Point and has unhindered views of the northern end of the Whitsunday Islands.

The marina is home to several bareboat companies enabling visitors to take command of their own yacht to destinations in the Whitsunday Islands.



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