Airlie Beach

Daily Car Hire Rates in Airlie Beach

  • Economy

    Nissan Micra
    5 |
    2 |
    3 |
    From € 33.21
  • Compact

    Hyundai i20
    5 |
    2 |
    3 |
    From € 37.62
  • Standard

    Hyundai Elantra
    5 |
    4 |
    5 |
    From € 39.33
  • Fullsize

    Toyota Camry Hybrid
    5 |
    5 |
    4 |
    From € 41.11
  • Estate

    Holden Commodore Estate
    5 |
    5 |
    5 |
    From € 47.14

*daily rates in Airlie Beach based on a 1 day rental (24hr period) and for guidance purposes only.

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for todays best prices.

Airlie Beach Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • The small town is considered the best departure point for tours of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • The protected sea between the mainland and the reef is nearly always calm making it perfect for sailors.
  • Because of the risk of poisonous Box Jellyfish, the town has a man-made 'safe swimming' lagoon near the beach shore.
  • It was the scene of the famous Busker persecution case where Facebook launched a campaign to make busking legal in the town.
  • It was thought to be Whitsunday when the area was discovered by Captain Cook and the area now takes the name of the religious festival.

Airlie Beach Mini Guide

Airlie Beach
Located in the Whitsunday region of Queensland and rumoured to have been named after the Scottish town of Airlie, this Australian town is one of the best set off points for those wanting to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. In keeping with the regions name sake, each year on Whit Sunday the residents of Airlie Beach celebrate the day with a blessing of all the boats moored there. Many sailing tours depart from Airlie Beach to the Whitsunday Islands making it a perfect spot to begin an exploration of the bay. If you want to try somewhere different, Boathaven Beach, at the other end of the town is a man made beach which is tidal and protected with nets from the stinging jellyfish. It opened in 2011 and is very popular.

Of the seventy four islands of Whitsunday only seventeen are inhabited but they are all picture postcard perfect and all feature pure white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Why not take a catamaran cruise through the islands to Knuckle Reef and explore from a glass bottom boat to make your visit truly memorable.

Boathaven Beach

What Should I Know About Airlie Beach?
Due to the huge amount of activities and large visitor numbers Airlie Beach really caters for all types and budgets. There are a lot of options available for dining out with everything you can imagine from typical fast food franchises to silver service restaurants. All the bars, pubs and nightclubs are located near the centre of the town and along the Shute Harbour Road.

Accommodation also caters to all budgets, from stylish all inclusive resorts to caravan parks and backpackers hostels so there really is something for everyone, also on and near Shute Harbour Road  you will also find any souvenirs and gifts that you may need. A real backpackers paradise and a popular tourist destination, the town's council has provided a purpose built fresh water lagoon for visitors to enjoy swimming, as the actual beach is small and its waters inhabited with nasty stinging jellyfish!

Airlie Beach View

Getting to Airlie Beach
Distances in Australia are huge so the best way to travel is definitely by air, Airlie Beach has its own small airport serviced by most of the domestic airlines operating from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and all main airports and prices are reasonable. The Queensland rail service provides regular connections to Airlie from all along the Queensland coast but the water taxi that runs from the terminal at Shute Harbour just six kilometres outside of Airlie is also a good way to travel the Whitsunday area. Coaches from all the major cities and towns stop at Airlie Beach so there’s no excuse for not visiting the town at least once on your trip down under.

Latest Update from Airlie Beach:

21/04/12 - Airlie Beach is a very busy resort and tends to have a high proportion of foreign tourists staying there. Australians in the know and who want a quieter time, get the ferry over to the Whitsunday Islands and stay in the much quieter resorts there.

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Airlie Beach is a great base to explore the world’s greatest natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef. You can take trips out to the reef from there or, if you’ve hired a car from, you can explore different parts of the reef by driving north or south from Airlie.

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