Visit Airlie Beach - Best of Airlie Beach

The town where everyone appears to be on perpetual holiday, Airlie Beach tourism with its white sands, famous manmade lagoon, numerous resorts and a host of tourist attractions is a holidaymaker’s paradise. This bustling town in Queensland is the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. The place was once popular with backpackers looking for an offbeat holiday, soon it was discovered by other travellers from all over the world and Australia, and is now a thriving, commercial tourist destination.

Airlie Beach tours include a host of fun activities for tourists looking to relax, enjoy water sports and cruises to the Whitsunday Islands or diving in The Great Barrier Reef. The waters off the coast are inhabited by the box jellyfish. This makes swimming from November to May impossible here. To resolve this, the local council built a swimming lagoon for tourists, which is one of the top tourist attractions on the Airlie Beach travel guide.

On Airlie Beach every night feels like a Saturday night, the numerous bars, clubs and dining options are all buzzing with people and activity throughout the week. The town’s accommodations range from hotels, resorts and backpacker hostels suited to every budget.

Airlie Beach Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Airlie Beach tips for your visit

  • For backpackers, there are public storage locker facilities available for long-term and short-term purposes all along Shute Harbour Road.
  • Beware of Marine “Stingers” and do not venture into open waters for swimming, as there are Box Jellyfish present and special swimwear called “stinger suits” are required to be worn.
  • Use a good mosquito and insect repellent as you would in any tropical place.
  • Stay hydrated and wear a hat and sunscreen when outdoors.

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Facts and Stats for Airlie Beach*

  • Airlie Beach: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Airlie Beach for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Airlie Beach.

    • Burglary and Theft 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 75 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 25 (Low)
  • Living in Airlie Beach - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 76.47 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Airlie Beach

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Airlie Beach

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.08 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.73 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 97.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 52.1 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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