Airlie Beach is one of those delightful coastal towns that seems to be on everyones holiday itinerary. It is the main jumping off point for the island resorts of the Whitsunday Passage, on Queensland's east coast and is also the best place in the world to go on an exciting sailing trip or to start a bare boat yacht charter. Airlie Beach is full of fantastic resort style accommodation as well as plenty of backpacker hostels to cater for the hoards of backpackers that visit the town every year. Most of the resorts are located on the hillsides above the village like commercial area and they all have sensational views to the north over the ocean and the islands in the region. The town center is right on the oceanfront and features a two acre lagoon style swimming pool which is surrounded by sweeping lawns. The shopping centre adjoins so you can walk from your accommodation, through the shops, cafés, bars and restaurants and on to relax by the lagoon. It is truly a holiday maker's paradise.
Able Point Marina is the center of the action when it comes to sailing trips. Maxi yachts doing day charters take customers to great places like Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island and Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. All sorts of sailing craft take two and three day extended trips into the maze of islands surrounding Airlie beach and several companies offer a choice of yachts for a bare boat charter holiday where you skipper your own boat and go where you please to find your own small piece of paradise. A second, new marina is now under construction at Muddy Bay to help cater for the ever growing number of yachts and charter boats offering sailing cruises from Airlie Beach.
The Whitsunday Island resorts of Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, and Daydream Island all lie just offshore and Airlie Beach is the main jumping off point for visitors travelling from the main land. Regular ferry services operate from Airlie Beach and from nearby Shute Harbour to take customers out to the resort of their choice. The whole region is really easy to get to. All north and south bound coaches call into Airlie Beach. Whitsunday airport, near Proserpine has regular services into it from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne and a regular shuttle bus service connects to Airlie Beach.
If you are from overseas and planning an Australian holiday, be sure to include the fantastic town of Airlie Beach and its tours in your itinerary.