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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. 

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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.

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Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, null

Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Slip into the sunset sail in style on a 62ft gaff-rigged topsail schooner, an American Bluenose a replica of the Grand Banks fishing boats in Maine. ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.79
Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Sailing Trips

Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Take a guided Jet Ski tour of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, departing from mainland Airlie Beach! Choose a shorter morning tour around Pioneer Bay, upgrade ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $74.24
Airlie Beach Jet Boat Thrill Ride, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Waterskiing & Jetskiing

Airlie Beach Jet Boat Thrill Ride

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Jump on board! Hold on tight! Prepare to get wet! Let your qualified jet boat pilot take you on a 380hp ride to remember around Airlie Beach's picturesque ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.92
Cairns to Sydney Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass, Cairns & the Tropical North, Jet Boats & Speed ... 

Cairns to Sydney Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Explore Australia's east coast from Cairns to Sydney with a guided, hop-on hop-off travel pass. Travel by rail and bus from Cairns to Sydney. Visit off the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $507.16

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