In search of the ideal place to base yourself for the perfect Whitsunday's experience! Well Airlie Beach is just the place you are looking for, where you can easily jump on board a variety of different boats to go island hopping around the Whitsundays as well as experience fantastic nightlife, shopping, dining and luxury accommodation like you have never seen before.
Imagine checking into a room or holiday home that overlooks the nearby islands and your private plunge pool present the most breathtaking views you have ever laid your eyes upon. This tropical paradise in Queensland has long been desired by all types of travellers from backpackers, families, business people and honeymooners as the ideal base for the perfect Whitsunday escape.
There is just one main strip that runs through the centre of this small coastal village that has everything from tour desks, car rental companies, boutiques, club, pubs, cafes and restaurants and runs all the way down to the Marina where you can board all sailing adventures for either the day or perhaps even longer if you wish to.
People from all over the world travel to Airlie Beach to holiday in this tropical paradise and to also do daily tours out to the Great Barrier Reef and visit the pristine Whitsunday island resorts. With charters for fishing, snorkelling and diving available you can spend as much time as you like on or below the waters of the Coral Sea to see what they hold for you. The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's natural wonders and stretches more than 2000km along the Queensland Coast, with hundreds of different coral and fish species to be seen. From mantra ray, sharks, turtles, moray eels, groper, golden trevally and so much more, you can get up close and personal with an array of underwater species for yourself!
From Airlie Beach you can visit any one of the nine island resorts from the mainland via helicopter, water taxi, seaplane or maxi-yacht or opt for one of the smaller eco-friendly cruises that visit only National Park islands. And Airlie Beach is also home to the largest bareboat yacht charter fleet in the South Pacific providing Whitsunday yacht charters to the exquisite Whitsunday Islands. Take your pick from luxury 60ft sailing yachts, motorised cruisers and explore the National Park islands, fringing reefs and deserted beaches at your leisure.
This Airlie Beach travel guide is the gateway to the travel destination of the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There are over 74 tropical Whitsunday Islands to choose from and over 100 trips leaving from the mainland each week! So why limit yourself to one island when you can visit them all while still enjoying luxurious mainland resort accommodation at an affordable price.
With daily Virgin Blue and Jetstar flights into the Whitsunday Coast Airport which is approximately 35km from Airlie Beach, as well as flights that fly directly to Hamilton Island with a 30 minute ferry trip to the mainland, a holiday to Airlie Beach is cheaper and easier than ever before.
You can plan to travel here on the cheap with the range of budget style accommodation or decide to see it in style in luxury Airlie Beach accommodation, but no matter what, you must plan to see Airlie Beach and it many wonders, and you will wonder why you haven't visited before!
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