Airlie Beach – Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands

Well we have arrived at Airlie Beach know as the Gateway to the Whitsunday Island.  What can you say about Airlie Beach, such a beautiful place to visit, I can see why so many people that want that Sea change pick Airlie Beach to call home.  The population at Airlie Beach now sits at 7,868,  when Captain James Cook came across Airlie Beach in 1770 he said it was a “Sailors Paradise”, well he wasn’t wrong there with the amazing Abell Point Marina this is where the boats start or end there journeys out to the many Islands dotted out there on the Great Barrier Reef.

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You don’t need a yacht to leave the Marina

Airlie Beach is also still in Stinger water so they have built the Airlie Beach Lagoon which is at the waters edge to swim all year round.  The lagoon is 4,300m2 and holds 4.5 million litres of fresh, self chlorinated water and was opened on January 8 2001. The lagoon is also protrolled by Royal Life Saving Lifeguards who patrol from 9am – 7pm during winter and 8am – 9pm during summer.  The Lagoon has been winner of the Major Tourist Attraction Tourism Award and friendly beach awards and the people of the Whitsundays have taken the Lagoon to their heart as much as the tourists and visitors.  It’s a winner for me.

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Airlie Beach Lagoon by Night

Location Location Location, every Saturday and Sunday is the Airlie Beach Markets, located right on the waters edge of Airlie Beach, I must admit that these markets rate right up there with a great array of fresh locally grown produce, arts and crafts, and so much more.  We brought some honey called Munbura Gold and was informed it was only bottle the day before and was not heat treated in anyway straight from the Hive and WOW taste unreal.  So when visiting Airlie Beach be sure to be here for the weekend as the Markets are a must do.

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What a spot for Weekend Markets 

Off Cannonvale Beach is the MAGESTIC tall ship Whitsunday Magic which was built in Turkey for charters in 1994 and refurbished in August 2007, and for a few years was one of the largest in the Whitsunday charter fleets.  She is a 3 mask schooner 34m (113ft) long x 7.8m (26ft) wide, with 15 air condition cabins each with toilet, hot shower, a dining room and a licenced bar, but now she lays on her side after Cyclone Oswald decided to push her to edge. I hope that the owners can get through the red tape refloat her and let her set sail once again.

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Whitsunday Magic

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Under Moon Lit Palm

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The locals seem to blend right in

So much more to see and do hope you enjoy your entree of Airlie Beach – Gateway to the Whitsunday’s