Airlie Beach travel guide

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You're Going to Love Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a must-see destination in Queensland, Australia. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 6 days in order to fully appreciate everything Airlie Beach has to offer.

Where to Eat in Airlie Beach

If you’re looking for affordable options, Fish D'vine (12 Airlie Esplanade) and Hemingway's Airlie Beach (Shingley Drive Abell Point Marina) are great picks.

When to visit Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach in October
Estimated hotel price
$211
1 night at 3-star hotel
Airlie Beach in October
Estimated hotel price
$211
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Airlie Beach

Plane

Although Airlie Beach doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Hamilton Island (HTI), which is located 27 km from Airlie Beach. Proserpine Whitsunday Coast is the most popular, with regular flights from Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and other airlines departing from Australia. The shortest domestic flight to Airlie Beach departs from Sydney and takes around 2h 25m.

Car

Another option to get to Airlie Beach is to pick up a car hire from Townsville, which is about 229 km from Airlie Beach. You’ll find branches of Alamo and Bargain Car Rentals, among others, in Townsville.

Plane

Although Airlie Beach doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Hamilton Island (HTI), which is located 27 km from Airlie Beach. Proserpine Whitsunday Coast is the most popular, with regular flights from Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and other airlines departing from Australia. The shortest domestic flight to Airlie Beach departs from Sydney and takes around 2h 25m.

Car

Another option to get to Airlie Beach is to pick up a car hire from Townsville, which is about 229 km from Airlie Beach. You’ll find branches of Alamo and Bargain Car Rentals, among others, in Townsville.

Airports near Airlie Beach

Airlines serving Airlie Beach

Qatar Airways
Good (2,376 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (1,984 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,630 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (778 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (728 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Good (376 reviews)
China Eastern
Good (28 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (453 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (243 reviews)
Jetstar
Good (247 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Good (234 reviews)
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Where to stay in Airlie Beach

From 5-star hotels such as the At Marina Shores to great affordable options like the Whitsunday Vista Resort, Airlie Beach offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $229 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $365 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach - Adults Only and Nomads Airlie Beach.

Where to stay in popular areas of Airlie Beach

Most booked hotels in Airlie Beach

Mirage Whitsundays
Excellent (9, Excellent reviews)
$302+
Coral Sea Marina Resort
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$315+
Airlie Beach Hotel
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
$201+
Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach - Adults Only
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$83+
Mantra Club Croc
Good (7.5, Good reviews)
$186+

Hiring a car in Airlie Beach

Hiring a car in Airlie Beach costs $117 per day, on average, or $703 if you want to hire it for 6 days.

Expect to pay $1.74 per litre in Airlie Beach (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.82 and $27.75. The most frequently booked car type in Airlie Beach is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is, on average, 44% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Airlie Beach costs $117 per day, on average, or $703 if you want to hire it for 6 days.

Expect to pay $1.74 per litre in Airlie Beach (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $20.82 and $27.75. The most frequently booked car type in Airlie Beach is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact car hire (Toyota RAV4 or similar) is, on average, 44% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.