Airlie Beach Travel Guide
On one of the islands - Whitsunday...
On one of the islands - Whitsunday...
The famous Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday...
Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays
View From The Yacht Club
Mac and cheese
Very tropical, lots of fun and plenty of shopping.
It`s expanding all the time.
In a nutshell
IT's a back packer destination being overtaken
Airlie Beach is known as the hub for the Whitsunday Islands, and there is no better way to explore the beautiful views of the beaches and reefs than by the air. GSL Aviation is very accommodating and provides numerous flight options for all; local island flights, 1 hour reef...
SAIL THE WHITSUNDAYS ABOARD YACHT "CAMIRA"
AIRLIE BEACH The big VT meet here was such a great time for everyone . There were so many different fun activities and the day out sailing the Whitsundays to Whitehaven Beach was certainly a highlight. A small bus was organised after breakfast for the VT group to be...
TAKE A TRIP OUT TO "KNUCKLE REEF LAGOON"
AIRLIE BEACH I must say the big Queensland VT meet for me was an absolute "buzz"..All so many great people..putting names to faces at the get togeather welcome BBQ at the Hotel in Airlie Beach and all the different evening dinners with so many different activities .But I...
VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL HAMILTON ISLAND.
SCHUTE HARBOUR It was with great reluctance that we left Airlie Beach after our big VT meet there. There was great anticipation though about our next destination that we all looked forward to immensely. . A small group of us had a pre planned booking for a stay on Hamilton...
VISIT THE FAMOUS WHITEHAVEN BEACH
AIRLIE BEACH I beleive to be in Airlie Beach and not visit the famous Whitehaven Beach is really missing something..Reputed to be in the top ten Beaches in the world this beach is really something to see and enjoy..when sailing out to Whitehaven and its first sight , one is...
HAVE A BARBEQUE BY THE LAGOON AREA
Here in Airlie Beach by the lagoon you will find a lovely barbeque where you , and /or , friends and family can have an outdoor barbeque..I must say that these areas put in place in holiday areas along many places in Australia are a wonderful idea ,,here in Queensland is no...
ENJOY THE AIRLIE BEACH LAGOON
While either visiting or holidaying in Airlie Beach and as the weather is usually pretty well perfect. make time to visit the Lagoon area for a swim..especially if you are a family with small kids..there is a lifeguard on duty also there are shallow areas for the little...
Whitehaven Beach a boaters Paridise
Whitehaven Beach is a boaters paradise or a "boaties" paradise as they say in OZ. . The Camira catamaran offers a Cruise Whitsundays boat to Knuckle Reef, where you can explore the reef from a glass bottom boat.
The 60-metre, 32-cabin MV Fantasea Ammarì offers 3 and 4 day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.Cruises depart on Fridays and returns on Monday or Tuesday depending on the number of nights you choose.Tariffs include accommodation and meals. All cabins are...
Peninsula Airlie Beach
1 Review and 101 Opinions After our disaster experince at AZURE SEA WITHSUNDAY, this hotel made everything possible to change...
Waters Edge Resort Whitsundays
5 Reviews and 314 Opinions We stayed at Water's Edge Resort in February 2011 while touring Australia's East Coast. The resort...
MEXICAN TEX- MEX RESTAURANT: VISIT CACTUS JACKS FOR A GREAT COCKTAIL
This site was chosen as a nightime venue for a "meet up" for evening drinks and munchies at the big VT meet at Airlie Beach. The Margaritas were the popular drink of choice with the "Jose Cuervo" Gold Tequila. These were closely followed by the "Moquitos" they make the best...
KC's: Leave well alone if you're in a hurry.
Probably the worst dining experience I've ever had and I've been to a lot of restaurants on my travels. The service was terrible and unfortunately the food was undecidedly great so that hardly made up for the bad service. I sometimes wonder whether the bad service which I...
Morroccos was directly outside of our resort and it was a great place to party. You could go there for a meal and sit outside for some Alfresco Dining and then drink the night away and dance at the nightclub inside.I really enjoyed this bar, pub, nightclub whichever you'd...
BEACHES: CLUBBING, PUB, DINNER ETC
This also was a great pub, club etc...They also had really good food, and very cheap!! Im pretty sure this was a backpackers place. But they had great live music and we danced the night away!
Anything goes once again... Its a very laid back pub!
Shute Harbour is where we caught our ferry ride to Hamilton Island. You can book your transfer to Shute Harbour for the ferry ride via your accommodation or just catch the bus there. The ferry ride doesn't have to be booked. Just front up on the day and pay as you board....
Parking at Shute Harbour
If you have a car and want to park it while you visit an island in the Whitsundays for a few days then you can park it right at Shute Harbour. We left Zig's car (1+1) at Shute Harbour while we visited Hamilton Island.See details below.
Paya: great shopping option along the board walk
A beautiful boutique located along the board walk in the Shingley Beach precinct (past the Abel Point Marina). Paya offers great selection of womens' fashion labels, fashion accessories such as shoes, handbags and jewellery as well as homewares and gifts.Highly recommended!
Divalicious: Absolutely Divalicious!
This is just the best boutique in Airlie Beach! It's like an Alladin's cave of gorgeousness and everywhere you turn something new and fascinating catches your eye. Sarah, the owner, explained that she is the sole QLD distributor for the Wheels & Dollbaby brand and the stuff...
BEWARE OF MARINE "STINGERS"
AIRLIE BEACH These tropical beaches and waters are usually a scene of beaUty and tranquility with their lovely clear turquoise waters..Water sports are always on the agenda when travelling to and staying in these wonderful destinations. Unfortuneately these beatifully clear...
ALWAYS CARRY AND USE A STRONG INSECT REPELLANT
AIRLIE BEACH AND WHITSUNDAYS This is just a wonderful part of the world to spend as much time as you possible can.. I thought this to be one of the finest places that I have ever been anywhere in the world. Like all place in or near the tropics there are always lots of bugs...
Getting to Hamilton Island Airport.
Lovely trip by ferry from either Shute Harbour or Airlie Beach. But we were advised not to go early. "This is the time to go. We have been doing it for years There are only a couple of chairs and check in is only 30minutes before the plane goes". WRONG WRONG WRONG.
Well it is a very busy airport...well it was this day. One plane in and out from Sydney. Two for Brisbane. In and out. People landing from one plane and others boarding on another at the same time.
We arrived by ferry and straight into a queue. An hour before our flight was due for departure. But the gate had been open for 2 hours. And our one queue had then to be separated out for 3 different check ins, Sydney and Brisbane (2 airlines)
Then it was another long line through security.
Finally through to the lounge to hear "You are boarding through Gate .."
Time for a toilet stop "Just". Time for coffee "No"
Unique Suggestions: Check out ferry times. Note where they depart; either Shute Harbour (further away from Airlie Beach) or Airlie Beach Marina itself.
The ferry form Airlie Beach calls in to Daydream Is on the way (takes one hour in all) and then goes direct to the airport on Hamilton Is.
The ferry from Shute Harbour calls in to Hamilton Is Tourist side and the Airport as well.(2 stops). It may even go to Daydream Is as well.
We had complimentary shuttle to Airlie Beach. Maybe you have to pay to go to Shute Harbour. I do not know.
Fun Alternatives: Choose a ferry to arrive 2 hours before departure from Hamilton Island if it is a busy day at airport.
Go to Shute Harbour for ferry if you want to look around on Hamilton Is before going to airport. Or else take a ride form Airport area. If you are too early of course you may have your luggage to manage from either areas.
Or just relax...check in..go to the "loo"...have a coffee...freshen up ready for your arrival home.
You could probably call your airline re "check in time"
Sunlover Holidays(for Shute Harbour)
Written in 2009 but this is still current info.
Updated Feb 27, 2013
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