Airlie beach is one of the biggest entry points to Australia’s most distinguished tourist haven on the east coast, the Great Barrier Reef. The town which could be found in Queensland is now a fully developed yacht charter haven, but it was just a backpacker’s paradise for a long time, underdeveloped with very limited options on accommodation.
The Airlie Beach is situated on a peninsula, acting as an entryway between the mainland and the Whitsunday Islands. But ironically, it is named a “beach” and not fit for swimming since its waters are populated by jellyfish. Because of this, local authorities constructed an artificial lagoon next to the shore.
TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL
This major tourist attraction accommodates big numbers of seasonal yacht charter travellers that reach millions annually. Foreigners and local folks who land at the Prosepine Airport (also called the Whitsunday Coast Airport) go with the airport. The major airlines travelling here are Jetstar and Virgin Blue. There are also European airlines making trips to Australia. Going back to town could be done through bus services catering the airport. But advance booking is not only a prudent choice, it is a lifesaver during the busiest season.
Though Airlie Beach is not as big as close towns like Townsville which is actually a metropolis, it does have access to rail and road transportation, connecting it with other cities and towns lying on the east coast like Melbourne and Brisbane.
SAILING AND ACCOMMODATION
If you like to include swimming in the Airlie Beach in your yacht charter vacation, it’s best to go outside jellyfish season, which is anytime of the year except October to May. Adjacent reefs make remarkable sailing trips that are preferred by both new yacht charterers and professional yacht charter skippers, because of its stunning beauty. All the reefs have been explored. Simply take a yacht out and go visit the rest of the great Whitsunday Islands.
The good climate in this part of Australia provides infinite hours of sunbathing and yacht charter Airlie Beach guests can take full advantages of the excellent tropical climate. There are many options in terms of accommodation, from pitching a tent or enjoying a luxurious hotel suite. If you are travelling with your whole household, keep in mind that local hotels provide babysitting services.
Shopping is also very popular. With many stores open seven days a week, it would be hard to fight the temptation to purchase at least a couple of souvenir items from your yacht charter Airlie Beach vacation. But, it you aren’t into spending all your money on novelty items, then you must check out the famous Saturday markets on the Esplanade.
When the night comes, the city doesn’t fall asleep, but ironically comes very much alive with numerous groups of thrill-seeking yacht charter vacationers. There are bars, pubs, and cafes all along the shore, offering different fun activities, from karaoke to live entertainment.