AIRLIE BEACH, GATEWAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS

AIRLIE BEACH, GATEWAY TO THE WHITSUNDAYS

Airlie Beach ahhhh sounds like paradise! situated in Queensland this amazing, beautiful town is used as a departure point for the amazing Whitsundays. The resort town itself is, however, a lovely place for a quick getaway, from the hustle and bustle of city living and to stay for those seeking a relaxing holiday away.

The town center has an abundance of restaurants catering to every budget, boutique shops with stylish clothing and jewelry and plenty of souvenir shopping opportunities. The small resort town is definitely worth exploring and spending a few days there to unwind.  

In this blog post, I will show you what to see and do in this vibrant hub. 

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WHAT TO DO

Sailing the Whitsundays – The main reason why most people come to Airlie beach is to hop on a boat and sail to the Whitsundays. The Withsundays consist of 74 of the most beautiful islands you have ever seen IN YOUR LIFE. The best way to explore this immense popular destination is by going on a sailing tour.
Depending on how much time and money you have, you can choose from a 1-day sailing trip to a 5-night live-a-board! 

Sea kayaking – This is a great way to explore some of the tropical islands and fringing reefs in your own time without any schedule. You can enjoy the beautiful turquoise waters or stop off for some swimming and snorkeling. 
If you’re lucky enough to be In Airlie Beach between July and September you might even spot a humpback whale up close!

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Flying high – If you don’t have time to do a full sailing trip then it’s worth considering a scenic flight over the islands. You can choose between a 25-minute or an hour-long flight and the planes are small enough to guarantee everyone a window seat (YES!!), so everybody on board will be able to see the famously known Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and on the longer tours Heart Reef.

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Get your tan on –  Marine stingers may be present in the waters of tropical Queensland all year round with Qld’s consistent hot weather, however the higher risk season is from October through to May. During this period jellyfish are prevalent in the waters around the mainland and the islands so it is therefore advised that you take care when swimming in the ocean(or for you daredevils be warned haha). The town, therefore, has a love free pool called the “Airlie Beach lagoon”(as pictured above).  It is a nice little spot to relax and cool down on a hot day.

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Visit Whitehaven beach – Located on the largest of the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach is the most popular draw card to Airlie Beach. Most of the sailing tours will include a visit to Whitehaven Beach but there are many other ways to experience the crystal clear waters and white silica sands of this infamous beach! A must see! 

WHERE TO EAT

Well with all this sightseeing and exploring a girl get hungry and as we all know – a girl gotta eat! haha…. the food in Airlie beach was pretty great, I myself tried a few different places during my visit and have listed underneath some of my favorites: 

  • Whitsundays Seafood Bar, – No frills, cheap and delicious.
  • Beaches Bar & Grill  – American, Bar, Pub, Australian, Gluten Free Options.
  • Magnums –  Cheapest place I found for drinks. Sat out the front many nights just watching everyone go by. Great atmosphere, live music definitely the place to be in the afternoon.
  • Walter’s Lounge – A bit more expensive than the other places but offers delicious food. 

ACCOMMODATION

I stayed at…

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Blue Horizon Resort Apartments

3 Hermitage Drive, Airlie Beach, 4802, Australia
Phone: +61749463500

Cost                249,- AUD
Breakfast     Not included
Wifi               Not included

I stayed for a few nights in this hotel/apartment, which was located just outside of the town center.  The apartment was quite large and had its own kitchen, a large living room and an amazing balcony where I could enjoy some of the stunning sunsets. The room was not the cleanest and I had some issues with the fire alarm, which no one came to help me with (not very safe) I did, however overall enjoy my stay. 

Looking for a backpackers hostel?

A bed in a shared room goes from anything between $28 – $35,-. A private room in a backpackers hostel is between $60 and $120,-. 

Some recommended hostels with decent ratings :

  • Airlie Beach Magnums
  • Airlie Beach YHA
  • Airlie Beach Backpackers By The Bay
  • Bush Village Budget Cabins

Looking for a hotel or apartment? 

Here are some helpful sites:

BASIC INFORMATION 

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Time Zone: UTC/GMT +10:00 hours
Electricity: Flat three-pin plug. Electrical power in Australia runs on a cycle of 50hz, and a voltage of 230 Volt.
Currency: Australian Dollar ($).
Tipping:  In Australia, you don’t have to tip – ever but you can if you want to.
Weather: Airlie Beach is located on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro, Mauritius, Tahiti and New Caledonia. The climate is subtropical with an average daily temperature of 27 degrees.

ADDITIONAL TIPS

Pack some insect repellent – Airlie beach is absolutely amazing! but unfortunately, the area is loaded with nasty mosquitoes that would love nothing more than to suck your blood and leaving you itch’n and scratch’n.
Tropical Beaches Harbor Hidden Dangers – Tranquil and lovely, as all people do you will hear the turquoise waters of Airlie Beach calling you to go in for a swim. HOWEVER! Take note…that Box jellyfish(most dangerous jelly in the world) and Irukandji stingers are dangerous and lurking around between October and May. Do not swim in the ocean(unless you’re a superhero with water changing abilities) instead choose the local free pool or lagoon to cool you down.
So cliche- but slip, slop,slap ! You will regret not taking a hat and applying sunscreen – the Aussie sun is unforgiving, even on cloudy days.
If you are not used to being at sea, make sure to bring some tablets that will help with motion sickness. I always take Travacalm, which helps me tremendously. 
Be careful with your camera and other electronic equipment at Whitehaven beach– because the sand is so fine, it may get inside your equipment and break it. NOOOO!
Showers on abroad boats are very limited. So bring dry shampoo and baby wipes to make yourself feel a bit cleaner unless of course, you like that ocean water feel, you do you dude! 😉

Have you been to Airlie beach or are you wanting to go? Let me know in the comments below. 

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