A young town, settled just over 100 years ago, Airlie Beach has emerged as a paradise for travellers, wishing to escape the big cities and enjoy the tropical way of life. Located on the Whitsunday Coast of Queensland, the town is popular with visitors all year round. The town is found amongst lush forests, with local laws prevent any highrise buildings or apartment blocks being built, keeping the development of the area to a minimum and embracing the local environment. With plenty of attractions and things to do, Airlie beach is a highly recommended destination for a holiday, especially with a car rental.
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Airlie Beach is one of the few coastal towns or cities in Australia that face the north. The result of this is maximum sunshine all year round. The area offers stunning beaches with crystal clear water, however due to poisonous jellyfish, swimming is highly discouraged between November and May. The local council however, has built a large saltwater lagoon by the shore, where locals and visitors can swim and cool off on hot days. Alternatively, drive your hire car a short distance south to Conway National Park, where you can see Cedar Creek Falls, and cool off in rainforest waterholes.
With the Whitsunday Islands a short boat trip away, Airlie beach is known as the "Gateway to the Whitsundays" where some of the most breathtaking islands and reefs await. Drive your rental car down to the marina, and hop on board a cruise which will take you out for a day on the water. Other popular water activities include water skiing, kayaking and fishing, all of which are perfectly suited to the area.
The area back on the mainland is also abundant in wildlife, with many plants and animals unique to the area. To get up close and personal with typical Australian animals, head to the Barefoot Bushman's Wildlife Park, which is just a 10 minute drive from town in your car rental. Here you can be-friend kangaroos and koalas, handle snakes, and watch the staff feed the resident crocodiles.
Being a town specifically catering for tourists, there is never a dull moment. Bars and restaurants line the main street and each night fill with visitors to the area. On Saturdays the foreshore turns into a local market, with local produce, arts and crafts all available. To see a collection of local art head to the Whitsunday Art Gallery at nearby Cannonvale. Just a short drive in your hire car, here you can see many examples of art, particularly pieces inspired by the area's natural beauty.
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