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“Airlie beach town- don't bother”
Review of Airlie Beach

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Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
14 helpful votes
“Airlie beach town- don't bother”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

We recently stayed at AIrlie Beach and were really disappointed by the Airlie Beach town. Lucky we stayed at the gorgeous Peppers Resort which made up for the lack of ANYTHING in the main town of AIrlie Beach. The council is trying to clean the town up and the main strip is currently flooded with road works with really poor traffic management. There are only a couple of decent shops and the rest is all rubbish! There are no local fashion labels, jewellery stores, crafty stores. There are too many pubs full of drunk backpackers and there is absolutely nothing to entertain the kids- no cinemas, no bowling, no amusement stores, no toy stores- nothing!!!! Oh and don't try and look for a decent coffee house because you will not find one. The only restaurant that was superb was Mr Bones- which is directly in front of the lagoon. The pizza is really amazing. TIdes restaurant at Peppers was also superb and well worth the trip up the hill if you are not staying at the resort. The main town doesn't even have a decent chain supermarket (coles, woollies, IGA) and you need to rely on these seven-eleven type supermarkets that are crap! Luckily we found a neighbouring online coles store which delivered directly to Peppers Resort. The town is also flooded with dozens of whitesunday travel agents which are all offering the same thing. The town is flooded with backpackers who are sleeping in tents on the beach and in the public car parks surrounding the Main Street. There are a lot of for lease signs and you get a sense that business is tough!!! There is a new airlie beach marina but there are no ferries departing from this berth. You need to travel to either Abel harbour or Shute harbour to catch any connecting ferries to whitesunday paradise! The walk from the lagoon which is a fantastic man made free public pool towards Abel harbour is well worth the walk as you have an amazing panoramic view of the town and its surrounding national park. If you are a family thinking of going to the whitesundays I would not recommend you stay at AIrlie Beach. Spend a little more and stay at hamilton island and this is cream of all islands. Don't bother going to daydream island as this island is in need of a real revamp. The resort is old and dirty and the food is horrendously bad. The service is even worse.

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5 Thank emiliac666
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Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
56 helpful votes
“If you want to scuba dive, stay away from Anaconda III”
Reviewed 7 November 2012

If you want to take a sailing trip through the Whitsunday Islands and see the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, this cruise is ok. The rooms and the crew were exactly that: ok. Nothing special, but not bad either. The food was reasonable, budget but good. Which totally appalled us was the dive experience. We are quite experienced scuba divers ourself. When we checked in, no one had a clue about the diving on board. No one could tell us what kind of valve system they would use, etc. they did not inform you that you are not allowed to take any bag which has a zipper anywhere, so we had to repack everything in there office and take plastic bags on board. Our dive guide was inexperienced and arrogant, refusing any advice and making a lot of mistakes under the water as well as above it. We had one licensed, but inexperienced girl with us, and he did nothing to help or insure her. He never gave a proper briefing, did not listen to her problems and tried to force her under water when she had problems breathing due to nervousness. This resulted in her not going on any dive after the first check dive. And for the guys that went for discover dives, it was a totally rushed thing, they just tried to get as many people as possible and as often as possible under water, disregarding a lot of safety procedures and with no personal attention, teaching or learning. We thought it was dangerous and in that way I could imagine, that people will never dive again after such a horrible experience.

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3 Thank UrlaubimSueden
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Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Loads of things to do in Airlie Beach”
Reviewed 10 May 2011

OK, so I live here, but there's so much to do! See a sample of some of my photos of things we get up to in Airlie and around the islands.

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Thank seeyouinairlie
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Victoria, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
29 helpful votes
“Perfect base for your Whitsunday sailing trip, but that's it.”
Reviewed 23 January 2011

Airlie Beach is the place to catch your boat for your Whitsunday sailing cruise, but that's about it. There's not much else to do there. There's a main strip (Shute Harbour Road) and an Esplanade - this is where the restaurants, shops and hostels are. We spent two nights prior and two nights post-sailing trip, I wish we had only spent one night on either end, as there's not much to do. No beach to hang out on, only a man-made swimming lagoon. It's not a terrible place at all, but I would only recommend it as a launching pad for your sailing trip, then move on to other areas of the country.

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2 Thank llewysknot12
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Belgium
Level 6 Contributor
58 reviews
50 helpful votes
“Airlie Beach, a party town”
Reviewed 18 December 2010

Airlie beach is nothing more then restaurants, bars, souvenirshops and travelagencies. Young people like it here very much cause it’s a real party place. As a single mum not my cup of tea.
I like the boardwalk to the town centre very much. Amazing view!
There is a beach in Airlie Beach (what’s in a name ;)) but there is also a salt water lagoon.
Airlie Beach is the base for the Whitsundays so you can choose from lot’s of trips.

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Thank Applewoman1973
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