Airlie is basically Nimbin but instead of Ganja the streets are overflowing with tour operators?you are approached at every intersection being asked if you?ve booked onto a sailing trip yet. Airlie Beach only consists of a few streets, the main high street and the esplanade. It doesn?t even have a real beach but a man made Lagoon similar to Cairns. So why the bleedin hell do tourists flock to this little town? Simple, it?s the best place to base yourself for a Whitsunday sailing tour.
There are plenty of night spots in town and heaps of places to eat and stay. If you want to party and don?t care that there are no real cooking facilities or that the cleaner seems to have died 20 years ago stay at Magnums Hostel. If you are looking for a place with a bit more character then Backpackers By the Bay is top choice, it?s a 5 minute walk from town and boast proper hammocks, they show films on a big screen every evening and have the worlds cosiest bar!
Stay – Backpackers By the Bay (07) 4946 7267
Do ? Go sailing of course!