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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Airlie Beach



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An eastcoast backpacking mecca, Airlie Beach is a sunny and bustling resort and the starting point for sailing tours of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. There's not a lot to do in Airlie Beach itself other than swim, sunbathe and party.



Sights and Activities

As a jumping off point for the Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is a key spot in Queensland for snorkelling and scuba diving.





There's no shortage of budget accommodation here, with hostels lined up along the main drag ranging from the cheap and cheerful Magnums to the slightly more comfortable Airlie Beach Backpackers. Most of the hostels have bars where the partying lasts well into the night.

Airlie Beach Organic Guesthouse8 Lamond Street Airlie Beach WhitsundaysGuesthouse-
Airlie Waterfront BackpackersThe EsplanadeHostel-
Backpackers by the Bay12 Hermitage Drive Airlie BeachHostel84
Beaches Backpacker Resort-Airlie Beach356-362 Shute Harbour RdHostel75
Bush Village Budget Cabins2 St Martins rdHostel87
Kipara Tropical Rainforest ResortLot 3 Shute Harbour Road Airlie BeachGuesthouse-
Airlie Beach Magnums366 Shute Harbour Rd. Whitsunday Village ComplexHOSTEL81
Whitsunday On The Beach269 Shute Harbour Roadhotel84
Whitsunday Terraces5 Golden Orchid Drive Whitsunday MainlandApartment-
Airlie Beach YHA394 Shute Harbour Road Airlie BeachHostel81
Croc Hostel240, Shute Harbour Road Airlie BeachHostel-
Nomads Airlie Beach354 Shute Harbour RoadHostel79
Barefoot LodgeLong Island Whitsunday PassageGuesthouse-
Base Airlie Beach Resort336 Shute Harbour RoadHostel75
Koala Adventure IslandSouth Molle IslandHostel-
Airlie Court Holiday382 Shute Harbour RdAPARTMENT-
Island Gateway Holiday ParkShute Harbour RoadCAMPSITE-



Keep Connected


Internet caf├ęs are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.


See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.


Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.


  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -20.267869
  • Longitude: 148.716223

Accommodation in Airlie Beach

We have a comprehensive list of accommodation in Airlie Beach searchable right here on Travellerspoint. You can use our map to quickly compare budget, mid-range or top of the range accommodation in Airlie Beach and areas nearby.


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