Cheap flights to Airlie Beach, Australia

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Airlie Beach is a small area that is packed full with bars, clubs, restaurants and tour offices, with accommodations options ranging from campsites to five star hotels.

A common concern when visiting Airlie Beach are the stingers, which can be a problem between October and April. Ocean swimming is restricted at that time, but the Airlie Beach Lagoon makes up for it. It’s stinger-free year-round, holds 1.2 million gallons of salt water, is patrolled every day from 7am to 9pm and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, barbecue facilities and picnic tables.

4 miles east of Airlie Beach is Conway National Park, a beautiful coastal park looking across the Whitsunday Passage. It is home to Proserpine rock-wallabies, the Australian brush-turkey and orange-footed scrubfowl. From the lookout at Mount Rooper, there are views of Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning islands.

The islands are the main attraction of course and visitors will have the happy problem of deciding which type of boat to charter to the Whitsundays. Shute Harbor, 6 miles east of Airlie Beach, is the departure point for many of the vessels.

Airlie Beach is a small area that is packed full with bars, clubs, restaurants and tour offices, with accommodations options ranging from campsites to five star hotels.

A common concern when visiting Airlie Beach are the stingers, which can be a problem between October and April. Ocean swimming is restricted at that time, but the Airlie Beach Lagoon makes up for it. It’s stinger-free year-round, holds 1.2 million gallons of salt water, is patrolled every day from 7am to 9pm and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, barbecue facilities and picnic tables.

4 miles east of Airlie Beach is Conway National Park, a beautiful coastal park looking across the Whitsunday Passage. It is home to Proserpine rock-wallabies, the Australian brush-turkey and orange-footed scrubfowl. From the lookout at Mount Rooper, there are views of Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning islands.

The islands are the main attraction of course and visitors will have the happy problem of deciding which type of boat to charter to the Whitsundays. Shute Harbor, 6 miles east of Airlie Beach, is the departure point for many of the vessels.

Airlie Beach, Australia climate

The climate is subtropical with warm temperatures year-round. The summer months (December to February) have temperatures of 75-95 F with rain and high levels of humidity. During this time there is a possibility of hurricanes. The winter months (June to August) have temperatures of around 65 F, and there is little rainfall.

Best Time to Fly to Airlie Beach, Australia

Peak Season: 

Queensland school vacations are peak season times in Airlie Beach. The Blessing of the Fleet is also a peak season time. It takes place 50 days after Easter each year (May or June depending on when Easter falls). Airlie Beach Food and Wine Festival is in August, along with the Airlie Beach Race Week and Whitsunday Fantasea Reef Festival, and the Airlie Beach Triathlon in September. These events are very popular, making it a peak season time to go to Airlie Beach.

Off Season: 

In general, when the schools are in session, it’s considered low season in Airlie Beach. Pick and choose your times carefully to get low-season rates. In December, January and February, the weather is hot and humid and hurricanes are a possibility.

Getting around Airlie Beach, Australia

Whitsunday Transit offers a shuttle service from the airport. There are also taxis and rental cars available as long as you have booked in advance.

Airlie Beach, Australia Travel Information

  • Conway National Park overlooks the Whitsunday Passage. It’s home to Proserpine rock-wallabies, Australian brush-turkeys and orange- footed scrubfowl. There are some gorgeous views at the Mount Rooper lookout of Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning islands. 
  • Not far from Airlie Beach is Barefoot Bushman’s Wildlife Park, which is a great place to spend a day to explore.
  • Can I find cheaper flights to Airlie Beach if I am willing to have layovers?

    Yes, flights with layovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Airlie Beach on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in Airlie Beach?

    null is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in Airlie Beach. One-way flights to null typically cost null, while round-trip flights cost around null.

  • Where does the fastest flight to Airlie Beach depart from?

    For those looking to save time traveling to Airlie Beach, San Francisco offers the quickest one-way flight (20 hours 50 minutes).

  • Does Mackay Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Mackay Airport can take advantage of the rental car services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Mackay Airport?

    Yes. Mackay Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Ibis Mackay is the closest property to Mackay Airport (0.0 mi away from Mackay Airport).

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