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.
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 Morning.
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.