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Airlie...2009 Australian VT Meet

Hi there!...This is where we will be heading for the '2009 VT Meet' ...it's a fantastic place and I am lucky to live right next door! Ann aka 'aussierose' and I are busy swapping ideas to make this a VT Meet to remember. So put September 10th in your diary for next year and hopefully we will see you there...come on down!

Popular Airlie Beach lies 1,100 kilometre north of Brisbane and 620 kilometre south of Cairns. It is also very handy for myself as it is only a bit over an hours drive from my hometown of Mackay. Airlie is a thriving and bustling tourist town located in the Whitsundays.

Its mild tropical climate has an average annual temperature of 27C maximum and a minimum of 21C. This place also averages 8.25 hours of magnificent sunshine every day!!

On any day of the week this place is buzzing! It is the jumping off point for tourists heading to the 74 islands of the Whitsundays and the town is full of shops, night clubs, pubs and cafes and restaurants.

You really can't get away from the tourist element here...they are everywhere but it is still an exciting and interesting place to visit with loads of accomodation and fascilities.

The town

The town itself consists of one long main street...beach on one side and a hillside covered in condos and holiday units on the other.

There are oodles of shops, cafes, pubs, night clubs and restaurants to choose from.

Always something to see and do and a real fun and happening place for everyone...young and old.

The beach

If you have had enough of shopping, alfresco dining and people watching
you can grab a towel and hit the beach to soak up some of that sun.

Or take a walk along the esplanade. Lots of palm trees, walkways, grassy areas and the views over the turquoise waters of the bay are just lovely.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very tropical, lots of fun and plenty of shopping.
  • Cons:A bit touristy and comes with a higher price tag.
  • In a nutshell:If its fun, sun and scenery you are after this is a must see.
  • Last visit to Airlie Beach: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 8, 2009
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  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    C'mon matey.....where's your pix?... huh?...huh? .... ;o) xx

  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    Great page - great memories of my stay here a few years ago. Bet you guys had a wonderful time! Gillybob greetings

  • Dester's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 3:20 AM

    Very useful tips, ma'am. I was glad to see you gave so much info on camp and budget accomodations.

  • freddie18's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2009 at 6:55 PM

    Hi Louise. I came across your site when you visited my Paris page on Aug 12, 2007. For some reason, I lost touch but here I am back to see more interesting information. Airlie Beach is not an exception. Very useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2009 at 2:18 AM

    Hi Lou - Great page and very enticing! and enjoying the visit here for Australia Day!

  • betska's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    Great pics of Waters Edge, Lou. Looks like it's a go'er eh!!!!!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2008 at 5:29 AM

    Nice page!

  • DennyP's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Hi Lou...Airlie looks great..looking forward to meeting you and everyone at the meet..should be a lot of fun...Denny..

  • dancinbudgie's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Hi Lou! I love this page! I am very excited about coming to the meet next year, and looking forward to meeting you. Tracey

  • zanzooni's Profile Photo
    Oct 13, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    I am really going to try to attend. I've always wanted to visit Auz, and experience the Great Barrier Reef, although they have some very interesting creatures I don't really want to encounter!~

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