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Airlie Beach

Known as the gateway to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is a great place to relax - and party! Take a swim in the local lagoon, chill out in cafes, or head out on the town to experience the famous Airlie Beach nightlife. Soak up the tropical atmosphere, wander along the palm-fringed beach front, maybe stopping at one of the al fresco eateries for some lunch or a cool drink.

Population: 10,000

Vibe: White sands, late nights

Known as: The East Coast party town


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Sail out to the Whitsundays
It's the starting point for our 2 day/2 night sailing cruise (Adventure Tours) or fast boat day trip (Select Tours) out to the marvellous Whitsunday Islands. The turquoise water and white sand will send you into a dreamlike state of bliss as you cruise around these tropical islands, snorkel with turtles, swim in the crystal clear waters of Whitehaven Beach and hike to epic viewpoints.

Skydive Airlie Beach
Falling out of a plane from 15,000ft is a pretty brave feat but we reckon you should keep your eyes open for this one. With views of pristine beaches, lush rainforest and even the Great Barrier Reef - this skydive location is sure to take your breath away and be seared into your memory for an eternity!

Book a Scenic Flight 
If skydiving isn't your thing you still have the option to see the Islands and reef (including Hart Reef - which is shaped like a love heart) from the sky!

Chill by day, party by night
Airlie Beach is popular amongst backpackers for its buzzy nightlife, so get involved with a pub crawl (or 3) after an afternoon of sunbathing and swimming at the lagoon.


Adventure Tours: Nomads/Base Airlie Beach

Located right in the centre of town - a relaxing atmosphere with a resort-style swimming pool, tropical gardens and its own bar and restaurant sets this hostel aside from the rest.

354 Shute Harbour Road
Airlie Beach, QLD 4802, Australia
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Tel: +61 7 4999 6600

Base Airlie Highlight

Select Tours: Colonial Palms Motor Inn 

The tropical resort-style atmosphere at Colonial Palms offers comfortable rooms larger than a typical motel room, expansive views, a pool, bar & restaurant. The perfect place to relax and unwind after a big day out around the Islands.

Hermitage Drive
Airlie Beach, QLD 4802, Australia
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Tel: +61 7 4946 7166

Airlie Beach Colonial Palms Motor Inn


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You can't visit Australia and not spend some time in Airlie Beach! A backpacker haven that adds the cherry on top to your trip down under.