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How To Get To Airlie Beach Australia

Updated on April 16, 2016

How To Get To Airlie Beach Australia

How to get to Airlie Beach Australia by air, road, or rail.

Getting to Airlie Beach by Air

The area has two domestic airports. 1. The Great Barrier Reef Airport which is on Hamilton Island. 2. The Whitsunday Coast Airport which is located at Proserpine and offers shuttle bus transport to Airlie Beach.

The Great Barrier Reef Airport located on Hamilton Island has daily air services from Australia's major cities of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns with the following airlines offering flights: Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas Link.

A ferry service connects the arriving/departing flights from Hamilton Island Airport with Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Transfers by helicopter, seaplane and light aircraft are also available between Hamilton Island Airport and Airlie Beach.

The Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine. This airport connects daily air services from Brisbane and offers connecting flights from all major Australian cities with Jetstar and Virgin Australia. It is just a 20 minute drive into Airlie Beach with several options available at the airport including rental cars and shuttle bus.

Getting to Airlie Beach By Road

The Bruce Highway runs from Brisbane to Cairns and runs through Proserpine and Bowen on the Whitsunday Coast. Turn off the Bruce Highway at Proserpine for Airlie Beach and follow along Shute Harbour Road.
Major coach operators also include Airlie Beach on their travel schedules.

Getting to Airlie Beach By Rail

Queensland Rail's Tilt Train and The Sunlander stop at the Proserpine station. From there it is a short 20min shuttle bus, or rental car trip to Airlie Beach.

What Is The Best Accommodation Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is one of Australia's best holiday destinations and as such provides seemingly endless accommodation options. Our trusted Australian Partner Hotels Combined provide great accommodation deals for you to enjoy.

The natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is the major attraction and includes the magnificent Whitsunday Islands.

The area caters for a huge range of accommodation options from Backpackers to 5 star waterfront and island resorts. You can either choose to stay on the mainland and enjoy the village and resort atmosphere or opt to transfer to one of the Whitsunday Islands which also provide the same range of accommodation options but with the uniqueness of a tropical island.

Everyone is catered for, whether you are looking for backpackers, budget accommodation, cabins and caravan parks, cheap and cheerful, bed and breakfast, motel, gay friendly, boat charter, pet friendly, private sanctuary, or resort style accommodation you will be well catered for and well looked after by using our recommended booking service.

Pet Friendly Airlie Beach

There's no need to leave your best friends at home when there are great pet friendly accommodation options to choose from.

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Abel Point Marina - Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Cruises leave from here
Whitsunday Cruises leave from here

Airlie Beach - Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef

Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Queensland, is a magnificent part of the world and is the gateway to the magnificent Whitsunday Islands and the world famous Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the most spectacular regions on earth and deserves every accolade. It is an extremely popular bareboat charter destination and many bareboat charter companies offer deals of outstanding value for you to enjoy the Whitsunday Islands.

There is also plenty of work available in the tourism and hospitality industries for those people thinking of a working holiday in Australia. Airlie Beach and surrounding Whitsunday Islands are all geared towards tourism and as such require a steady stream of willing workers trained in hospitality.

Airlie Beach is a tropical region located 1100 klms North of Brisbane, and 640 klms South of Cairns on the beautiful East coast of Queensland. As well as being a scenic wonderland it is also well known as a destination for adventurers and thrill seekers with many adrenalin filled activities available including:

  • Ocean Rafting
  • Skydiving
  • Parasailing
  • Jet Boating
  • Tube riding
  • Underwater diving and snorkeling
  • Jet Ski rides
  • Aerobatic plane rides
  • Bareboat charter

If you prefer a more laid back holiday you can choose from:

  • Lazing around your resort pool
  • Day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Scenic flights over the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands
  • Walks in the adjacent Conway National Park
  • Shopping expeditions to the many boutique shops in Airlie village
  • Swimming, bbq's and relaxing around the huge man made lagoon in the centre of town
  • Day cruise to some of the Whitsunday Islands such as Daydream Island, Long Island, Hayman Island, South Molle Island etc
  • Fishing charter trip to the Great Barrier Reef

There is so much to see and do at Airlie Beach, it would be hard to imagine that you could ever run out of things to do! The Lagoon in the centre of Airlie Beach village offers safe and shady swimming all year round and is popular with visitors. There are also adjacent bbq facilities if you would like to byo and dine on the beachfront. A perfect choice for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Airlie Beach Lagoon and Boardwalk

Airlie Beach Lagoon safe swimming, picnic and bbq area
Airlie Beach Lagoon safe swimming, picnic and bbq area

Daydream Island

Daydream Island, part of the Whitsunday group of Islands. You will notice that it is a little 'hazy'. This is due to a major dust storm which blew in from the Central Desert.
Daydream Island, part of the Whitsunday group of Islands. You will notice that it is a little 'hazy'. This is due to a major dust storm which blew in from the Central Desert.

Day Cruise to Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef

'Cruise Whitsundays' have various day trips to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands
'Cruise Whitsundays' have various day trips to the beautiful Whitsunday Islands

Where Is The Great Barrier Reef?

The Great Barrier Reef in located in the Coral Sea on the North East coast of Australia. A favourite access point is Airlie Beach, Queensland but it can also be accessed from other towns and cities along the coast to Cairns in Far North Queensland.

Jobs at Airlie Beach

If you find that you love Airlie Beach as much as I do, you might consider staying awhile and working in the area. There is always a demand for staff in the hospitality industry. Jobs in restaurants, cafes, hotels and motels, resorts, tourist attractions and on the nearby Whitsunday Islands are usually plentiful.

A quick search of shows there are currently 115 jobs available at Airlie Beach. Great news for anyone on a working holiday of Australia.

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      aboutaustralia 5 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      How lucky are you Karanda! What a great place to call home, especially in winter! Our hot water bottles are working overtime in Newcastle at the moment. Dreaming of Airlie...

      Thanks for dropping by. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Have a great day :)

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      Karen Wilton 5 years ago from Australia

      My husband and I came to visit Airlie Beach five years ago. We enjoyed it so much we sold up and moved here. It really is a tropical paradise and we are a long way from running out of things to do!