6.8 out of 10

Airlie Beach

Ranked 5th best suburb in Mackay (Greater)
-20.2708097865768 148.716222128553
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  • Eating Out
  • Parking
  • Nightlife
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Very Over-Rated!"

What a completely over-rated dump. Airlie Beach is often referred to as the gateway to the Whitsundays by local tourism organisations when actually it looks like the gateway to hell.

It is centred around only one main road which is called Shute Harbour Road. It is often congested and seems to have the bulk of the idiotic drivers who live in or visit the Whitsunday area using it.

The green backdrop to Airlie Beach is rapidly dissapearing with numerous dead end developments being constructed very close to the Conway National Park. In about 10 years Airlie Beach will most likely be a high-rise ghetto if the current rate of development continues.

You're lucky to find any locals with local knowledge as most of them have moved here in the last 6 months and are likely to leave within the coming 6 months.

Night time violence is a very regular occurence (check the local paper and see for yourself). Airlie Beach is often referred to as the party town. I have found that the parties usually get out of hand and who wants to go to a party anyway when the Whitsundays is re-nowned for its laid-back lifestyle?

The climate is horrendous. It is always hot and sunny no matter what time of the year you go. The sea-breeze is often blocked by the Conway National Park which causes Airlie Beach to become a virtual "Heat Bowl"

If you're intending on visiting or living in the Whitsundays I recommend you stick to Proserpine & the Islands and avoid Airlie Beach/Cannonvale altogether.
Bek - Team Kerr
Bek - Team Kerr Sundude... this is the second dreadful review you have left on suburbs in our region. I do hope that since your review in 2009 you have changed your thoughts on Airlie Beach.

In regards to your comments I would like to clarify a few things for anyone looking for an honest review on Airlie Beach...

Airlie Beach IS the gateway to the Whitsundays... and for most people who move here it is the drive over the hills into the township when you see the stunning turquoise blue waters that make them want to stay.

Yes there is only one road in because our region is not a city and it is a mountainous area which only allows for one road... Airlie Beach is a small coastal village... if there was a four lane highway in place I dare say a lot of us locals would move! As for idiotic drivers... I am pretty sure you get them just about everywhere.

If you speak to the right people you will find that there are a lot of long term locals living in the area.

Our climate can be hot and humid... after all it is the tropical north. If you are not a fan of humidity you may find it more comfortable staying further south. We do get beautiful breezes.

Most people you speak to will speak highly of this beautiful village... If you haven’t been to Airlie Beach before... I highly recommend you make the journey!
2yrs+
Mark Beale Ray White Whitsunday
Mark Beale Ray White Whitsunday Sundude totally disagree with your comments. Airlie can never be high rise apartments due to the town plan and it faces North so unsure what you mean about the breezes. Sounds like you haven't been to cairns or the like it summer as Airlie enjoys beautiful 27degrees in the colder months and a lot of southerners come to Airlie to get the warmer weather.
There is less violence and crime here than anywhere I know so really your comments are incorrect and based on hearsay and wrong information.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"A fantastic location for relaxed coastal lifestyle"

Airlie Beach is by far one of the most beautiful coastal locations in Queensland if not Australia. The town offers so much and attracts a large number of tourists to the region each year. Being a resident of Airlie Beach for 5 years now, I could not imagine returning to my home city of Brisbane as the lifestyle benefits & scenery of this great location are truly amazing. With 74 islands and the Great barrier Reef at our doorstep, where else in the world can you find that!

There are lots of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops located in town so there are many options to choose from. The famous Airlie Beach lagoon is located in the heart of town and is also great place for the locals, tourists and especially families to enjoy.

The town is currently undergoing some huge infrastructure upgrades to support the growing population. The main street of Airlie Beach is about to see a complete refurbishment and the new Port of Airlie project has just completed its first residential & commercial stage. This $750 million dollar marina development is going to put Airlie Beach on the map for international tourists and boating enthusiasts.

There is an opportunity for all property buyers to purchase in this location with real estate values at very affordable prices for investment or owner occupation. Sure, there are some units and houses that are priced for the fortunate few, however most of the property in the area can be purchased by the average income earner.

This town really does have it all and as we look to the future, things are only looking good for Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Region. If you are considering a holiday in 2011, put Airlie Beach on your list of places to visit!

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Pros
  • Boating Heaven, Always something to do!
  • Friendly Community, Great facilities
  • No Crime, Very Safe Area, Scenery & landscape
Cons
  • Can't think of any!
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  • Beach Lovers
misssmiley
misssmiley I have just been offered a job in the Whitsundays region (a big move as currently in NSW) and i found your positive overview of life at Airlie really helpful - so thank you!
2yrs+
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+
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Alisha66
Alisha66 This place is awesome. The airlie beach is really a amazing place everyone wants to visit it. This popular destination is a bustling little town with more than enough to keep you busy and happy. You will find it in the airlie beach lagoon, a man made saltwater swimming area surrounded by the sand and the grassy knolls.
http://www.travelaustralia360.com/drive-in-the-memory-lane-of-airlie-beach.html
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"excellent place to live or visit!"

what can you expect more than here? great fun around town always have some sort of festival, beautiful beach, great walking track! i just love it!
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5/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
2yrs+

"Airlie from the water"

From the water Airlie Beach is not that visible or at least it wasn't, over the years one would expect things to change. Airlie was and probably still is very popular with back packers. from the Able Point Marina Airlie Beach is a nice walk and relatively easy to access, one of the favorite haunts was the Hogs Breath Cafe, and always full of activity.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Fantastic holiday resort town, heaps of activities"

A small coastal town visited by the whole world. Punches way above its weight for facilities, really friendly family community. Realestate going mad although there is a lull right now its a great time to buy. Draw back is that the economy is tourism related and limits the opportunity but retail is screaming for some help. New shopping centre lots of opportunities.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"FUN FUN FUN!"

Party town loved by tourists and locals alike. It's a must do on many international traveller's itineraries and so many southerners come up here for a short working holiday and end up staying for years, even for life!
There's been a fair bit of recent development of brand new units and there's a new marina precinct under construction that will have more retail and waterfront restaurants and a hotel & units. It's abit noisy at the moment with the construction, but the facilities being built will be really cool and will probably bring more upmarket tourists to town.
I've lived in the area for nearly 5 years and can't see myself living anywhere else, I just love it. I love meeting people from all around Australia and the world - it gives the town such a cosmopolitan feel. And I love the fact that it is still small enough that you can start a small business on your own and make a reasonable go of it (that's up to you of course!)
I do miss that there are no heritage buildings around to add that element of sophistication, because it's a beach town that grew from the 60s onwards, but it's still a great place to live.
There seems to be a baby boom on at the moment, and I think the average age of residents is a bit younger than the national average. They are expanding some of hte local schools to cater for the demand at least. Aged care facilities are lacking and that's something I hope council will address in the future.
Overall, a great place for young people to live and work.
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AdamS
AdamS Fantastic Review!
2yrs+
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Dont Bother"

Don't even bother going, it will just completely spoil your Whitsundays Adventure. Explore Proserpine and the Islands! They have a real Whitsunday atmosphere not an artificial one like in Airlie Beach.
5/5
2yrs+

"Airlie Beach - Great place to live, holiday and party."

Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. Located is North Queensland enjoy some great pastimes such as swimming, snorkeling and sailing as well as fishing, sky diving and scenic flights over the area. There is something for everyone. Resort accommodation is plentiful with all the facilities you could want and these are some great bars and restaurants around as well. As the area is a major tourist destination jobs are usually available in the hospitality industry and with such a great climate Airlie Beach is a great place to live. The price of rental properties in the area does vary as do home prices so it pays to shop around.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Oh, Airlie Beach! Do I need to say more - take me there!"

What a place to be. If you love the water you could not wish for more. Airlie Beach runs along the foreshore and is backed by mountains overlooking the offshore islands. This is true holiday mode. It is packed with visitors nearly all year round as it is the access way to the Great Barrier Reef islands where thousands of visitors stay each and every year.

It is just a fun place 24/7. It is like being in a huge holiday resort each and every day of the week.

There is some beautiful real estate to be had in this area, and no it is not cheap. But if you can afford it, good luck to you. Many people own holiday units in this area and let them out when they are not using them.

The growth in Airlie Beach has meant that there is a lot of casual employment going on, a lot of backpackers moving through who pick up jobs to get them to their next destination. You will meet people from all walks of life and so many countries if you stay long enough in Airlie Beach.

Working on the islands is another thing altogether. It is not easy to get jobs there, but if you are persistant and can wait out the time til they come up you will most likely get something.

Water sports of all kinds are the thing: snorkeling, diving, sailing, boating, fishing, wind surfing, you name it, you can do it here. Well almost, there is no surf due to the fact that it is inside the Great Barrier Reef.
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