This is a great idea if you are a long-term traveller or backpacker, travelling to some of the islands, and you don't want or need to take all of your stuff.
Small lockers cost A$4 for 24 hrs
Large lockers cost A$6 for 24 hrs
You can only use $2 coins.
Fondest memory: They also provide long-stay envelopes for extended stays. So if you are leaving Airlie Beach for over 24 hrs, you can pay for the first 24hrs using coins, and then put the balance of your payment in an envelope, with your name, locker number, payment period and cash enclosed noted in the envelope. You place this in their safe. There is a space for you to put your contact number/name of boat etc. as well.
This might also be convenient for storing personal items of value if you are staying in backpacker dorms.
Location is on Shute Harbour Road, near the corner of the Esplanade
Favorite thing: September is the most popular time of year to visit the Whitsunday area including Airlie Beach. The locals say that winter only lasts two weeks and that has already come and gone. It is the end of the whale watching season so there will probably be a few still about but it is also the start of the marine stinger season so when you go snorkeling make sure that you wear a stinger suit. Everyone has them. Airlie Beach is a real party town with lots of backpackers and every night seems like a Friday night. Make sure that you take a trip out to the reef on a yacht or something. There are hundreds of choices at offices along the main street of Airlie Beach. The Sailing Club is a great place for a drink or a meal as is the new Oyster Bar Barrcudas which is located at Abel Point Marina, a 10 minute walk along the water from Airlie Beach. Have fun.
Airlie is all about many things. Fun, sunny days, fabulous scenery, natural beauty, excitement and much much more. A holiday in Airlie can be what you want it to be....an action packed adventure with lots of fun, a quiet and intimate getaway or that something in between.
It is a real happening place that caters for all age groups and budgets. Though it is a modern town which has opened itself to the world it has a culture of it's own. You see it in the happy people and casual lifestyle. It speaks of fun, colour, excitement and lots of activities or the complete reverse....a put your feet up and rest awhile atmosphere.
Fondest memory: I just love Airlie. It has something for everyone. There is so much to do! You really feel alive when you are there!
What more could you want?.....
Favorite thing: If you get the chance to sail the WhitSundays for 3 days, you will never believe how many stars there are in the sky until you see them in real life. At night we had the choice to either sleep up on the deck of the boat or down below. A bunch of us slept on the deck in the ocean breeze and watched the stars for the whole night. It was so amazing. I don't think I have ever seen that many stars in my life before. You will probably also get the chance to see "The Southern Cross" which is the South Pacific equivilant to the "Big Dipper" seen in North America. Such an unbelievable sight!
Temperatures in summer (December to February) are around 30*C down to about 24*C at night. In the winter months the temperatures are around 23*C during the day and down to about 17*C at night...
If you are thinking of visiting the Whitsundays I would recommend visiting somewhere between May and October when the weather is nicer and the stingers aren't in the water. The summer months can get too hot and uncomfortable...
The weather includes a rainy season (January thru March), although overall rainfall is about 1000mm a year. The number of rainy days is in the order of 80-100, fewer than most capitals in Australia, with only a few days of rain a month from May through November. More than 8 hours sunshine a day is the average.
Daily maximum temperatures peak just below 32 (Celsius) in November through March, with maximums in June and July around 25. Minimums are around 24 in the hot season, dropping down to around 15 during winter. It rarely gets below 10.
Some locals claim the figures are:
Maximum and minimum Temperatures in Celsius, then rainfall in millimetres
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
30.5 30.2 29.6 28.1 26.0 23.4 23.1 24.3 25.9 27.5 29.5 30.4
24.8 24.9 24.1 22.7 20.4 17.1 16.6 17.4 19.2 21.3 23.4 24.5
253 278 314 150 145 62 45 24 15 40 58 114
Others say average maximum, minimum, rainfall and days of rain
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
30 29 28 27 25 22 21 22 25 27 29 30
24 23 22 20 18 14 14 15 18 19 22 24
280 300 280 150 110 60 40 30 15 22 90 190
15 16 16 15 14 8 6 5 4 7 7 12
Tropical cyclones occur between December and April (when the ocean is warmest) in north Queensland. An average of almost three a year cross the Queensland coast, mostly travelling south west from the Coral Sea and then curving south east at 6-10 knots. They tend to last between 5 and 10 days.
Fondest memory: Cyclone Ada hit the Whitsundays on 17 January 1970. It was relatively small, about 20km across the eye, with winds gusting to 100-110kph, rising to 160kph on Hayman Island. Ian Mackay reports it lifted the roof of the Royal Hayman hotel, spoiling the caberet night. Hayman Island guests (346 reported) were evacuated to Townsville on the ore tanker Clutha Oceanic. South Molle caught the eye, cabins were wrecked, and one guest was killed and another seriously injured. Ada crossed the coast at Shute Harbour at 5 a.m. with 160 kph winds. At Airlie, the hotel and 85 homes were wrecked, and the town was cut off by flood waters. Proserpine was badly flooded, with half the town damaged.
Whitsunday Shire contains about 15,891 residents (2001), and increases by about 440 a year. Median age is 33, and 9% are over 65. Single households are 19%, couples are 25%, and 28% are couples with children. I have no idea what the missing 28% are (Martians?) There are real estate reports in mid 2002 of a population of 21,800, with Hamilton Island increasing by 36%, Airlie Beach by 20% and Cannonvale by 31%.
The major population areas are Proserpine, and the Whitsunday area (Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Jubliee Pocket), each of which contain over 4,000 residents. There are several smaller communities, and a considerable rural population. Almost half the population live in rural and rural residential areas. Proserpine is a fairly typical small country sugar town, just off the main Bruce Highway, and holding the administrative center of the shire, as well as the sugar mill. It includes the railway station, and a major airport for the region is nearby (the Proserpine Airport has been renamed Whitsunday Coast Airport for tourist reasons).
The Lagoon, opened in early 2001, is a new feature between the main street and the sea, and allows year round swimming in a safe area, especially for families. This was partially funded by a $8 million contribution from the State government. Please note however that parking near the lagoon is on a Pay and Display system, and costs around $4 a day.
There is a proposal from the sailing club to develop a larger Port of Airlie marina in the Muddy Bay area. State funding of $2 million for the approval process has been granted in 2001. The nearby marina at Abel Point has also been expanded. We set out from Abel Point with Ivan Conway and Amanda to get get married on Whitdunday Island.
Day trips to resort islands, three day sailing trips for scuba divers and snorkellers, and bare boat charters leave from nearby Shute Harbour and the Abel Point Marina.
There are over a half dozen well known resort islands within easy reach of Airlie Beach. They range from the absolute luxury of Hayman Island (said to be one of the world's top ten resorts), through the bustle of Hamilton Island (largest resort in the South Pacific), from family resorts like South Molle, Club Med on Lindeman Island, Novotel's newly refurbished Daydream Island, several resorts on Long Island, and even a camping resort on Hook Island.
Favorite thing: The whole place is just so beautiful, at the end of every road (its not a big place) is a view like this. Taken from the roadside opposite our honeymoon suite, looking out towards the Whitsunday Islands.
Favorite thing: This is Airlie Beach from the ocean...it's all fairly well built up with tourist accommodation... There are so many different types of accommodation in Airlie Beach...you'll be sure to find whatever you want there...
Favorite thing: This is the view we had out our balcony while we stayed at the Whitsunday Terraces...nice huh!? All of the rooms at the Whitsunday Terraces have a view of the water and islands so you can't go wrong... :)
Fondest memory: The harbour at Airlie Beach looked simply amazing! Boats of all shapes and sizes everywhere (including many which take trips out to Whitsunday Islands)
Favorite thing: You will see some really beautiful sunsets and sunrises in the Whitsundays...we had mostly cloud free days but still managed some nice photos... :)
Favorite thing: We had cockatoos landing on our balcony at the Whitsunday Terraces and on our boat while at Hamilton Island. We saw them everywhere...and they were all quite friendly...or very hungry... ;)