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Airlie Beach: What to do

Airlie Beach: Nightlife

The town of Airlie Beach is a notorious party scene with lively bars and clubs, busy restaurants and colourful hostels located in the main street. Weekend nights will see live music all along the main street, as well as a number of venues with a DJ or a patio, ideal for having drinks and watching the passing nightlife. There is something going on every night of the week and there is always things to see and do. Most bars are located on the mains street and are within walking distance of each other. Places to check out are Magnums, Beaches, Paddy Shenanigans, Boom, Mama Africa or Boatys Each venue will have difference specials and events on each night, just walk down the street and check it out! 

Airlie Beach by day

Airlie Beach isn't just a night-life town. There are a huge list of options to keep you entertained throughout the day and some special sites and locations to visit. Some of the best things to see are located either in the main street or around it, which is great if you don’t have a vehicle.

Neighbouring the street is a brand new, man-made beach called Boathaven Beach is a great place to have a swim in the Coral Sea and soak in the sun rays. Alternatively, swimming in the Airlie Beach Lagoon is just as refreshing and the lagoon also looks over the ocean in a tropical setting. This is certainly a popular place to spend a few hours at least!

If you want to get back to nature and enjoy spending time outside, there are also great bushwalks through national forest and often lead you to a great lookout point which shows the amazing blue water and tropical islands. The most popular bushwalks are the Great Whitsunday Walk and the Honeyeater Trail which are just outside of town.

If you have a vehicle a scenic drive to Cedar Creek Falls, located on the way to Conway Beach, is a must-do while in the Whitsundays. This special place is hidden away in bushland and features a mesmerising natural waterfall which pours into a deep, crystal clear pool creating the perfect swimming hole. Flowing most times of the year, particularly the wet season, this popular water hole is great for the whole family and a great place to enjoy a picnic as well. Check out a local map to get directions to Cedar Creek Falls.

Other places to check out around the Whitsundays are Bowen and town of Proserpine, both within driving distance of Airlie Beach.

Where to eat

Airlie Beach has some great places to eat and taking a stroll down the main street you are sure to see what's on offer. There is a huge variety of eateries around town which means every budget it catered for - from cafes, bistros, sports clubs, restaurants and bars which have some great meal deals. And the choice of cuisine spans from fresh seafood, steaks, pub meals, pizza, Chinese, Indian and more. Check out restaurants around Airlie Beach here


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