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 - See Getting to Airlie Beach
The picture 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.
The Beach at Airlie Beach adjacent to the Esplanade
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 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.
Cruises depart daily for the Great Barrier Reef from "Port of Airlie" 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.