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Airlie Beach is everything coastal Australia should be: tropical, painted in turquoise and filled with enough nightlife to give you wobbly boots on command.
Sure, the Queensland city is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, but we urge you to give Airlie Beach a second glance as a destination in its own right. Explore the boardwalk, dip into a bar after dark to schmooze with locals and then head to the lagoon the next morning to let the sun heal what ails you. Get the keys to an Airlie Beach car hire, and Greater Queensland is all yours.
You won’t be spending a ton of time in your Airlie Beach accommodation —not when the waves of Pioneer Bay are calling you to go for a sail. Just tell them to chill out; you have an Airlie Beach car rental and places to be on the mainland first.
Drive to Airlie Beach Lagoon, with its warm water and complete lack of jellyfish. You won’t be peeing on any sting bites today!
Just 3km west is Bicentennial Park. The Bicentennial Walkway is a traveller favourite; tie the laces on your trainers and follow the path to Abell Point Marina, Shingley Beach and beyond.
Boots were made for walking and Airlie Beach car rentals were made for cruising. Surely there’s a song in there somewhere, no?
After a morning helicopter ride over the Heart Reef or boat tour of Pioneer Bay, take your car hire to Cedar Creek Falls. This natural watering hole is true to its name; a waterfall you expect, and a waterfall you shall get. When the weather is fine we encourage you to jump into the natural pool and flail around to your heart’s content.
Book Airlie Beach packages on Wotif today, and you’re already halfway to the beach holiday of a lifetime. Don’t forget to pack the sun cream!