Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

438 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, 4802, Australia
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Airlie beach on Townsvile

by exhaustmanmunchy

whats better Airlie beach or Townsville ?

looking to stay 3 nights before moving on to Hamilton Island

is the journey down from Townsville worth it or is it best just to base ourselves in Airlie

Re: Airlie beach on Townsvile

by earthflyer

I think most people go to Townsville to get to Magnetic Island which has some excellent little beach coves and beachware is optional.

Townsville is ok for a day or 2.

Airlie Beach everybody comes here to do a boat trip around the Whitsunday Islands which is a must-see in Australia.

Re: Airlie beach on Townsvile

by Anne12

I would do Airlie Beach for the 3 days.

Re: Airlie beach on Townsvile

by aYankinSyd

No doubt - Airlie Beach!!!

Re: Airlie beach on Townsvile

by Mikebb

Hi We were only in Airlie for a morning , caught the Fantasea Ferry from Hamilton Island to visit airlie, Long Island and Day Dream Island. Airlie has some nice apartments on the hill, the main street looks as though it caters well for tourists, particularly backpackers. Airlie has a great reputation for Yachts, a great harbour etc, also the pbs fire up with backpackers at night.

Hamilton Island is a great place, a large island with plenty of activities, beach and swimming pools everywhere, you will have a great time.
You are welcome to view my pages on Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach and Long Island, hopefully you will find something that appeals.
Good Luck,

Re: Airlie beach on Townsvile

by relax47

Airlie beach is the best to go have been up there staying a month at each time great spot. u can check out my photos on airlie.Dave

Re: Airlie beach on Townsvile

by Sunbird2

The drive between Airlie Beach & Townsville is roughly 3.5 hours long. If you choose to stay in Townsville you should look at staying anywhere on "The Strand", as this is the only area with a real holiday feel all year round. Townsville is great for a weekend visit etc. but does not have the same holiday vibe as Airlie Beach. The Mariners North apartments in Townsville are a great place to stay if you are holidaying as a family since they are self contained, situated next to the sea and have beautiful views across to Magnetic Island.

Personally I would choose to stay in Airlie Beach for the 3 days and have some downtime and you will find that there is plenty to do. Adventure Whitsunday Caravan Park is the place of choice for children, it is an amazing place for the kids and there is a range of accommodation. Otherwise there are lots of apartments and hotels around the place. Cheers

Travel Tips for Airlie Beach

VTer's Snorkle & Scuba Dive at Knuckle Reef

by cnango

Our first all day adventure for the Aussie VT Meet 2009 was taking the day cruise to Knuckle Reef lagoon. The Cruise Whitsunday crew gave snorkel or scuba diving lessons on the main boat. After the lessons the participating VTer's boarded a tender which took them to a big pontoon located in the Knuckle Reef lagoon and a large protected area that was surrounded by nets to keep sharks out. The pontoon also featured places to sit, sun, showers & changing rooms, a big slide and the largest underwater viewing chamber in the Great Barrier Reef. I decided to not get wet and enjoy the view from the the glass bottom boat. The rest of the time I just relaxed and visited with other VTer's. For a short time so as not to get a sunburn I laid out briefly on a lounge chair to " work a bit on my tan". As you can see by the pictures some VTers had a fantastic time swimming, sliding ,snorkeling and scuba diving. Everyone no matter what activities they chose to do or not to do enjoyed the beauty of Knuckle Reef and the relaxing and scenic cruise to get there and back.

Anaconda III

by lou31

In June this year I had the opportunity to spend 3 days aboard this luxury yacht. It was a magical experience and my memories will stay with me forever. Everything, from the meals to the facilities and the crew were top rate.

The Anaconda III is a 101 foot mega yacht and one of the biggest vessels cruising the Whitsundays. It can carry up to 32 passengers. All cabins on board are air conditioned and each has its own ensuite with hot showers. It has a large air conditioned dining room and saloon area with a modern flat screened TV. The spacious decks give you plenty of room to move around or for sunbaking.

All meals are cooked on board and include breakfast, lunch and dinner plus morning and afternoon teas. A well stocked bar is open with reasonable prices. Beers...$4.50, glass of wine $3.50 and bottles of water and softdrink $2.50.

The 3 day/3 night trip makes for a leisurely voyage. No rushing from place to place and Whitehaven is visited on each trip. Weather permitting you will also get out to the reef for an overnight stay.

Snorkeling and scuba diving activities are also offered and the yacht has two diving instructors and carries all diving gear. Snorkeling is free as is the use of the equipment. An introductory scuba dive will cost about $65.

Cruising on this yacht is truly a fantastic experience. At one point coming in from the reef we hit bad weather and rough conditions. I felt completely safe knowing our experienced Skipper Baz would see us home safely...and sure enough he did!

The crew are marvellous...fun, happy and very friendly...they will do everything to make your trip a great one....

Harborviews from the glass bottom boat

by cnango

After a long and wonderful sailing trip at sea we arrived at this scenic harbor. We looked at beautiful reef and colorful fish through the window of the glass bottom boat. See the following tip, entitled "Underwater views at Knuckle Reef" for more pictures.

My First VT Meet Was at Airlie Beach

by wise23girl

"Look Who Came with Me"

"I'll come with you" offered my grandson when he heard I was going alone to the "Big Aussi Meet". And next thing VT had a brand new member and here we are.
We got got caught on "the hop" so you may not see them very well but with us are Dao who Ti.... took on board as his VA and mine, Diosh and Canuck68.

Such a lovely day to visit Knuckle Reef right out there away from it all where you could dive, snorkle, swim, go down the water slide,and enjoy the company of the other VTers .

"Tim (Zzeone)to the Rescue."

Well first he had to rescue his wedding ring which was on its way down,down, down, into the ocean deep.

Then he rescued VA PJ for Betska (I think) ...no Betska wasn't nearly lost at sea it was the silly VA who got into trouble .

And T....'s own VA Dao might well have drowned if the seal had taken in water as he snorkled with Tim at Knuckle Reef.

"Who Leads Who Astray."

Well we have a photo of us enjoying cocktails and another with Travel Slut in her costume and then there is Hansi dancing with our VA'S

So here we are with mocktails. Our VAS are on the table with real cocktails...no decorum there.

So will make a VT album on my home page. And now thanks to Lori Pori I will do a travelogue here.

Ailie Beach passant par Noosa

by sandra_kor


jolie petite, jolie petite plage, jolie jolie et jolie et aussi il ya une des plus cher rue de la Gold Coast avec les boutique et tout et tout .... la ou les riches passe leur weekend....

Bref c est assez sympa pour aller a la plage apprendre a surfer, faire des tours etc ... il y en a pour tout les gouts.... meme pour les gens a petit budget....

mais ces petits donc .....

"Airlie Beach"

Cest encore plus petit que Noosa, !!!

on ne peu pas se baigner de octobre a may a cause des meduse mortel. a par si on met un complet anti meduse !!! trop drole on dirai qu on va faire du bobsleigh

mais les diverse "croisiere" autoure des Whitesunday Island valent la peine... il y a aussi pour tout les gouts 1 jour, 2 jour 3 jour, on dort sur le bateau ou pas ...

bref nou on a pris 2 nuit et dodo dans un resort sur une des iles... j ai vu une trortue mais j etais sur le bateau et des gros poissons.....!!! avec des deeents !!!!!!!!! mais ils etai tous gentil.

jai rencontrer 2 suisse d estavayer et 4 toulousain !! les rire !!!! c etai assez sympa la croisiere aussi un peu cher mais voila !!!

Airlie Beach a part aller au lagune pour ce baigner y pas grand chose a faire et la je dois attendre 8heurs pour mon bus et je dois rester assise 11h pour arriver a CAirns

a suivre.....


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Address: 438 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, 4802, Australia