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Airlie Beach

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Airlie Beach owes its popularity, gradually increasing over the years, to its proximity to the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach being cheaper encourages many visitors to stay at Airlie Beach and travel by ferry to one of the islands for the day, or take a cruise around the various islands. None of the islands is more than an hour away by boat.

The main street is Shute Harbour Road with lots of cafes, restaurants, shops and more. There is no beach in Airlie Beach but there is a swimming lagoon. Airlie Beach has an active nightlife with many pubs and bars.


Airlie Beach
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, is a town of about 2700 people, which serves as the mainland gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.  Airlie Beach is a mecca for backpackers, as well as being home to a wide variety of sailing adventure businesses.  It features a steady stream of international travelers, which makes for interesting socializing.  Daytrips are available which give a traveler a taste of virtually every water experience imaginable from exploring the reef by scuba diving to zipping along in champion sailing vessels.  Airlie Beach features many restaurants, pubs and accommodations from hostels to resorts.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach Lagoon
On the foreshore, a saltwater lagoon was built by the local government to provide a place to swim, since the beach is inhabited by stinging jellyfish during the months of November through May.  The lagoon was designed to be safe for all, from young families to young singles.  There are other tourist attractions along the foreshore, such as camel rides, shopping, and barbecue facilities.

Wildlife Park
Tourists can get up close and personal with Australian wildlife at the Airlie Beach Wildlife Park.  Watch the bushman on duty wrestle with alligators and handle snakes, and also get a good look at koalas.

 
 

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