Airlie Beach is located 304km southeast of Townsville and is the gateway to the Whitsundays. The tropical oasis boasts beautiful beaches, a bustling esplanade and seaside lagoon.
The Airlie Esplanade has a beautiful beach fringed with coconut palms and barbeque and picnic facilities. If barbequing isn’t your style there is a busy café strip across from the foreshore to tempt your culinary tastes. Markets are held on the foreshore each Saturday from 7am to 1pm.
The Lagoon is a free swimming pool on the foreshore in the town centre. The palms and surrounds give it a real tropical feel and it is a delightful place to spend the day. Lifeguards patrol the pool and the filtered water is stinger free.
Shingley Beach on Shingley Drive is a small protected bay overlooking the marina. Shingley has well maintained lawns and shady trees and pets are permitted.
Cannonvale Beach on Coral Esplanade is another pet friendly beach with a grassy foreshore. A 3km pathway from here follows the foreshore around to town and ends at the Whitsunday Sailing Club.
Shute Harbour is located southeast of town via Shute Harbour Rd. The ferry terminal transports vehicles and passengers to the Whitsundays and many cruises depart from here. There is also a public boat ramp, fishing pontoon and secure parking facility. Views can be seen of the harbor from the Lions Lookout.
Abel Point Marina is the other departure point for Whitsunday cruises located off Shingley Drive in town. Check with your tour operator as to where your particular cruise leaves from when booking.
Pet owners travelling to the Whitsundays will be glad to know there is the Whitsunday Boarding Kennel and Cattery only a few km from town on Shute Harbour Rd. The pet care facility offers day, overnight and weekly care for your pet. The pickup and drop off hours are convenient, being 7am-11am and 4pm-6pm.
Airlie Beach is a gorgeous seaside holiday destination with a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets and so close to the magnificent Whitsundays. Once you’ve explored this region you’ll be dying to come back.