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Airlie Beach may be two-horse small, but it's the main point of departure for many Whitsunday cruises so it's always got the lively feel of constant movement. In the day, the pace is laid back and mainly revolves around the town's artificial lagoon. This is a giant swimming pool (and we mean giant - more than the equivalent of six full-size pools) built by the council to give the town's inhabitants and visitors somewhere to swim when jellyfish season closes the beach.

The lagoon is surrounded by landscaped gardens and everything you'll need for a lazy day spent between the water and the picnic basket - BBQs, showers and toilets are all on tap. 

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At night, the town sparks up and the backpacker population join the locals on Shute Harbour Road, the main center, to do the rounds of its bars, pubs and clubs. Shute Harbour Road is where you'll find most of the accommodation and eating options, which are reasonable to good. If you're taking a cruise out to the Barrier Reef or the Whitsunday Islands, you'll probably be leaving from Shute Harbour, about 10 minutes drive away from Airlie Beach itself.

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Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, null
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Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Slip into the sunset sail in style on a 62ft gaff-rigged topsail schooner, an American Bluenose a replica of the Grand Banks fishing boats in Maine. ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.44
Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour, The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island, Sailing Trips
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Whitsundays Jet Ski Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take a guided Jet Ski tour of the gorgeous Whitsunday Islands, departing from mainland Airlie Beach! Choose a shorter morning or afternoon tour around Pioneer ...  Read more

Location: Whitsundays, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $70.23
Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach, Airlie Beach, ... 
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Whitsundays Seaplane Tour Including Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach

Our signature tour combines the Reef Adventure, Whitehaven Experience and Reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight into one half day tour. There are several reasons ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $480.52
2-Night Whitsunday Islands Catamaran Cruise with Resort Stay from Airlie Beach, Airlie Beach, Air ... 
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2-Night Whitsunday Islands Catamaran Cruise with Resort Stay from Airlie Beach

Choose the ultimate 2-day 2-night resort stay package around the Whitsunday Islands. The all-inclusive combo departs from Airlie Beach and offers an ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $442.82
2-Night Whitsunday Islands All-Inclusive Sailing Tour from Airlie Beach, The Whitsundays & ... 
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2-Night Whitsunday Islands All-Inclusive Sailing Tour from Airlie Beach

Experience Tongarra, a custom built catamaran that offers an on-board living and sailing experience that is hard to match, enabling you to see the best of the ...  Read more

Location: Airlie Beach, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $361.50
Sydney to Cairns Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass, Sydney, Multi-day Cruises
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Sydney to Cairns Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Sydney to Cairns travel pass, guidance, flexibility and adventure! Hop-on and hop-off anywhere along the way, experiencing amazing off the beaten track ...  Read more

Location: Sydney, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $701.56
Brisbane to Cairns Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass, Brisbane, Multi-day Tours
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Brisbane to Cairns Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Explore Australia's east coast at your own pace with a Brisbane to Cairns travel pass. With this pass you'll travel with a small-group on guided hop-on hop-off ...  Read more

Location: Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $506.40
Byron Bay to Cairns Guided Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass, Byron Bay, Multi-day Tours
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Byron Bay to Cairns Guided Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Byron Bay to Cairns guided, hop-on hop-off travel pass!   See all the main highlights as well as some more authentic, local activities including a guided ...  Read more

Location: Byron Bay, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $502.70
Cairns to Sydney Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass, Cairns & the Tropical North, Multi-day Tours
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Cairns to Sydney Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Explore Australia's east coast from Cairns to Sydney with a guided, hop-on hop-off travel pass. Travel by rail and bus from Cairns to Sydney. Visit off the ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $516.75
Cairns to Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass, Cairns & the Tropical North, Multi-day Tours
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Cairns to Brisbane Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass

Explore Queensland's east coast from Cairns to Brisbane with a guided, hop-on hop-off travel pass. Travel by rail and bus from Cairns to Brisbane. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Cairns, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $462.04

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