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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.
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 Guesthouse||8 Lamond Street Airlie Beach Whitsundays||Guesthouse||-|
|Airlie Waterfront Backpackers||The Esplanade||Hostel||78|
|Backpackers by the Bay||12 Hermitage Drive Airlie Beach||Hostel||84|
|Beaches Backpacker Resort-Airlie Beach||356-362 Shute Harbour Rd||Hostel||74|
|Bush Village Budget Cabins||2 St Martins rd||Hostel||86|
|Kipara Tropical Rainforest Resort||Lot 3 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach||Guesthouse||-|
|Airlie Beach Magnums||366 Shute Harbour Rd. Whitsunday Village Complex||HOSTEL||78|
|Whitsunday On The Beach||269 Shute Harbour Road||hotel||85|
|Whitsunday Terraces||5 Golden Orchid Drive Whitsunday Mainland||Apartment||-|
|Airlie Beach YHA||394 Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach||Hostel||81|
|Croc Hostel||240, Shute Harbour Road Airlie Beach||Hostel||-|
|Nomads Airlie Beach||354 Shute Harbour Road||Hostel||82|
|Barefoot Lodge||Long Island Whitsunday Passage||Guesthouse||75|
|Base Airlie Beach Resort||336 Shute Harbour Road||Hostel||80|
|Koala Adventure Island||South Molle Island||Hostel||-|
|Airlie Court Holiday||382 Shute Harbour Rd||APARTMENT||-|
|Island Gateway Holiday Park||Shute Harbour Road||CAMPSITE||-|
Internet cafés 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:
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.. 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.
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