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Airlie Beach may be two-horse small, but it's the main point of departure for many Whitsunday cruises so it's always got the lively feel of constant movement. In the day, the pace is laid back and mainly revolves around the town's artificial lagoon. This is a giant swimming pool (and we mean giant - more than the equivalent of six full-size pools) built by the council to give the town's inhabitants and visitors somewhere to swim when jellyfish season closes the beach.

The lagoon is surrounded by landscaped gardens and everything you'll need for a lazy day spent between the water and the picnic basket - BBQs, showers and toilets are all on tap. 

Practical Info

At night, the town sparks up and the backpacker population join the locals on Shute Harbour Road, the main center, to do the rounds of its bars, pubs and clubs. Shute Harbour Road is where you'll find most of the accommodation and eating options, which are reasonable to good. If you're taking a cruise out to the Barrier Reef or the Whitsunday Islands, you'll probably be leaving from Shute Harbour, about 10 minutes drive away from Airlie Beach itself.

Tours & Tickets

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Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

Take a guided Jet Ski tour of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands! Choose a shorter morning tour around Pioneer Bay, or upgrade to a longer afternoon tour that ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $105.20

Whitsunday Islands Hopper Pass

Explore the Whitsundays at your leisure with a one-day ferry ticket. Hop on and hop off as many times as you like between Airlie Beach, Daydream Island, ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $114.77

Shared Arrival Transfer: Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour Hotels

Arrive at your Airlie Beach or Shute Harbor hotel in comfort and save yourself the hassle of finding an airport taxi by pre-booking a shared shuttle transfer ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $17.21

Shared Departure Transfer: Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour Hotels to Proserpine Airport

Pre-book efficient and reliable transport to take you from your Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour hotel to Proserpine Airport (PPP) in a shared minicoach with a ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $17.21

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