Queensland's Airlie Beach is regarded as the gateway to the Whitsundays, a group of 74 islands fringed by the Great Barrier Reef. The hinterland and surrounds consist of mainly sugarcane plantations.
Airlie Beach has a council operated swimming lagoon, cheap backpacker accommodation, hotels and lots of bars. The main street is dominated by tour operator booking desks, internet cafés, restaurants, backpacker oriented businesses and lot of souvenir shops.
Young people like it here very much cause it’s a real party place.
The Abel Point Marina enables visitors to book their own charter, or to take a cruise on a crewed vessel - either staying on board, or just going out for the day. Shute Harbour is located near Airlie Beach and both marina's provide access to the islands around the Whitsundays.
"The Whitsundays" is the term referring to a group of islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia and their associated waterways. The area is enormously popular with both local and interna…