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Airlie Beach - Cities, Towns and Localities
Airlie Beach is a relatively young town and was created as a tourist destination and jumping off point to the wonderful Whitsunday Island group. The town was named Airlie by a councillor on the Proserpine Council after the Parish of Airlie in Scotland. It wasn't until the post office opened in 1959 that the town was officially called Airlie Beach. The residents at the time requested this and the postmaster general agreed.

Today you will find a treasure trove of shops, accommodation, resorts, backpackers, bars, boutiques, cruise booking agencies, boat charters, Island Tours, caravan parks, dive shops, internet cafe's and all the usual trappings of a thriving tourist town. Airlie Beach is the tourist centre for the Whitsunday region.

Check out our listing of Airlie Beach accommodation and Whitsunday accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre

Whitsunday Visitors & Convention Bureau
6 The Esplanade
Ph: 07 4946 6673
Toll: 1300 717 407
Open — 7 days
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Airlie Beach Attractions

Airlie Beach Lagoon
• The Lagoon is 4,300 m 2 in area and holds 4.5 million litres of salt water. The lagoon provides a ‘stinger free’ swimming environment all year round. The area is surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens, sheltered tables and chairs, shady trees, free barbecues, and extensive pathways.
Barefoot Bushman's Wildlife Park
• Ph: 07 4946 1480 • Email
Billabong Sanctuary
• Ph: 07 4778 8344 • Email
• Billabong Sanctuary is Australia's best interactive wildlife experience. Nowhere else in Australia will you have the opportunity to interact with so many of Australia's native animals. Your experience will be enhanced by the Sanctuary's friendly staff of rangers from whom you will gain a tremendous knowledge of Australian animals and where to find these animals in the wild.
Conway National Park
• Ph: 13 13 04
• Coastal park on Whitsunday Passage with rainforest-clad mountains and deep valleys. Tall lowland rainforest and eucalypt forest. Visit Cedar Creek Waterfalls. Spectacular views of offshore islands from walking tracks. Marine stingers, October-May.
Dryander National Park
• Just north of Airlie Beach lies the unspoilt Dryander National Park. A park consisting nearly entirely of rich rainforest and large hardwood trees and rare orchids, it has few walking tracks and no camping or tourist facilities to speak of.
Eungella National Park
• High in central Queensland’s Clarke Range lies rugged Eungella National Park, a 52,000 ha reserve sheltering animals and plants found nowhere else in the world.
Gloucester Islands National Park
• Just north of Airlie Beach lie the Gloucester group of Islands with Gloucester being the largest and home to the rare Proserpine Rock Wallaby. The water surrounding the islands is part of a marine park. The islands are a popular destination, camping is by permit only at Bona Bay and East Side Bay.
Whitsunday Sailing Club
• Ph: 07 4946 6138 • Email
• Situated right on the point of Airlie Beach, and on the edge of beautiful Pioneer Bay. With the best sailing areas in the world as its playground, the Whitsunday Sailing Club has everything you could possibly ask for.

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