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Airlie Beach.

The small town of Airlie Beach lies a few kilometres from the Main Highway East of Proserpine. When driving into Airlie Beach on The Shute Harbour Road you will encounter magnificent views of the Abel Point Marina and out to Pioneer Bay on your left. The town itself has not changed asthetically in the last dozen or so years. But changes are on the way.The Lagoon is a fairly recent addition that is certainly a great plus for The Family Visitor ,and the new Marina Complex is well underway.
All Airlie Beach Accommodations that you choose are basically five mins. walk to the shops and eateries, and of course for the young, the town has plenty of Night Clubs. All the businesses are situated on Shute Harbour Road or The New Esplanade. Backpackers can hire scooters from either of 2 local companies, and there is a Car Hire Company in Town.

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The Lagoon.

The Lagoon : Airlie Beach.

The Beach at Airlie is lined with picturesque palms, and being sheltered from the South Easterlies is not an option for surfers. The town is the main departure point for all the snorkelling , diving, sailing and cruise activities in the area.There are numerous restaurants to suit all tastes and The New Esplanade has several Alfresco outlets where you can dine away and take in whatever cool breeze there is. Entertainment is provided on The Esplanade every Sunday afternoon for the Alfresco Diners.
The Market on the foreshore is a popular meeting spot for locals and tourists alike. Fresh fruit and vegetables can be bought , souvenirs purchased, and entertainment is another feature to make it a must for a Saturday


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Airlie Beach will satisfy your Barrier Reef requirements and The Whitsundays have their beautiful Islands. All Airlie Accommodation is within close proximity to the beach and shops.


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Airlie Beach---Sailing Mecca----Backpackers Paradise.

This small town is a haven for Backpackers and visitors wanting a Barrier Reef Experience.There are numerous sailing vessels that leave The Abel Point Marina on trips for various destinations throughout the Whitsunday Islands and The Barrier Reef. These are a favourite choice for the Backpackers who wish to stay out for several days diving and snorkelling. Other Visitors can take day trips to the Islands close by. The Main Passenger Ferry service to the Islands from Airlie Beach is Cruise Whitsundays.This company provides a regular shuttle service to Daydream , Long and Hamilton Islands as well as daytrips to The Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island aboard the 85ft. catamaran Camira. The Cruise Whitsundays main booking office is at Abel Point Marina where all day trippers check in for their boarding passes.

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Camels - Cafes - Clubs - Cruising.

The camel train arrives every Saturday for the always popular ride along the beach at Airlie Beach. Abel Point has always got an interesting vessel or two to photograph. On this particular day The Young Endeavour was berthed in the harbour. Harry's Cafe situated close to The Lagoon is frequented by tourists and locals alike, and just across the road, the purple building is the night club Paddy's Shenanigans. For spectacular views you can pop into The Sailing Club and take in the scenery across Pioneer Bay from the verandah.

Young Endeavour at Abel Point : Airlie Beach.

View from Airlie Beach Sailing Club : Airlie Beach.
Camels on Airlie Beach.
Harry's Cafe : Airlie Beach.

Airlie Street Scene with Paddy's Shenanigans.
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Local Landmarks.

The Clock Tower is not quite Big Ben, it stands in the centre of Airlie Beach directly opposite the walkway to The Lagoon and everyone who visits will remember the Clock Tower that stands very close to Airlie Beach's most popular drinking spot, Magnums. The photo on the right was taken from outside The Whitsunday Sailing Club looking South East up into the hillier part of Airlie Beach. Views from up there will give the visitor beautiful views over Pioneer Bay ,the yachts moored in the vacinity, and an idea of the size of The new Meridian Project,The Port of Airlie.

View from Whitsunday Sailing Club. : Airlie Beach.
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Shopping for clothes, souvenirs or trinkets in Airlie Beach is a joy to behold. The main street has outlets for these businesses on both sides of the road and be careful not to miss the tiny Mermaids Boutique on the oceanside of Shute Harbour Road.

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If you think that Airlie Beach has a good selection of shops for the visitor, stop, take a deep breath and suddenly Saturday morning arrives to the hustle and bustle of the Airlie Beach Rotary Market on The Foreshore. A great place to shop until you drop.

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The Rum Bar : Airlie Beach.

Outdoor Dining.

There are many food outlets to choose from to suit everyones budget, and the variety of cuisine to choose from in such a small town is remarkable.Two of our favourite Eateries in Airlie Beach are Fish D'Vine on the left and Cactus Jacks on the right. Fish D'Vine, hosted by Kevin and Becky is well known for its famous Rum Bar and its award winning Seafood Dining, whilst Cactus Jacks is a first class Mexican Restaurant , one of three restaurants incorporated into The Airlie Beach Hotel hosted by Mark Bell. Neptunes Fish and Chips Seafood Bar at the opposite end of The Esplanade and The Village Cafe with its Restaurant and Bar in town close to the clocktower are another two good food outlets.

Cactus Jacks : Airlie Beach.
Capers on The Esplanade : Airlie Beach.

One of the favourite venues for Alfresco Dining in Airlie Beach is The Airlie Beach Hotel Restaurant , Capers on The Espanade. There are several outlets for dining along this stretch.

Liz and Friends at Sorrento Restaurant and Bar : Airlie Beach.

A value for money outdoor dining spot just outside Airlie at Abel Point Marina is the Sorrento Restaurant and Bar where the locals above are passing away a leisurely lunch time with glorious views out to Pioneer Bay.

The Village Cafe Restaurant and Bar. : Airlie Beach.

In the centre of Airlie Beach by the Clocktower directly opposite the Old Post Office you will find The Village Cafe Restaurant and Bar. Nice spot for a breakfast or invite friends to a nice lunch.

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