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.
Vibe: White sands, late nights
Known as: The East Coast party town
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Sail out to the Whitsundays
It's the starting point for our 2 day/2 night sailing cruise out to the marvellous Whitsunday Islands. The turquoise water and white sand will send you into a dreamlike state of bliss as you sail around these tropical islands, snorkel with turtles, kayak next to stingrays 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!
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 a long day of sunbathing and swimming at the lagoon.
Mount Rooper and Swamp Bay track
Take a walk through Conway National Park to a spectacular viewpoint over the Whitsunday Passage and Islands.
WHERE STRAY STAYS
Nomads/Base Airlie Beach
Located right in the centre of town - a relaxing atmosphere with a resort-style swimming pool, tropical gardens and poolside bar 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
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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.