Why go to Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island)?
The main attraction, Whitehaven, is the most photographed beach in Australia
One day in paradise is not enough
A perfect place for sailing the turquoise waters that surround 74 mostly uninhabited islands
Whitsundays (Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island) Cruise Port Facilities?
Cruise passengers in Airlie Beach are greeted by Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassadors, a program coordinated by Tourism Whitsundays. The ambassadors are passionate about the Whitsundays and are there to provide information on transfers and promote the region. You will find a cafe, boutique, kiosk and Cruise Whitsundays tour desk at the terminal. There are no ATMs at the terminal.
Most people will want to take the short walk or shuttle bus to the main street of Airlie Beach, where there are many options for shopping, restaurants and bars, as well as several tourist information desks. It is a 10-minute stroll from the Cruise Whitsundays terminal through the Port of Airlie restaurant precinct to the start of the main street of Airlie Beach.
Good to Know?
The North Queensland sun can be harsh, so cover up and apply sunscreen before you head outdoors, even on cloudy days. Even if you aren't prone to sunburn, a hat and sunglasses are also essential in the Whitsundays.
October to May is the high-risk stinger season, so it is best to wear a protective wetsuit when swimming in the ocean during this time.
On Foot: The flat, scenic boardwalk around Airlie Beach makes it a pleasant walking area that is great for people watching.
By Taxi: You can book a ride with Whitsunday Taxis through Tourism Whitsundays (07 4948 5900) 24 hours a day or call 131 008 if you require a taxi straight away.
By Bus: To get farther afield, Whitsunday Transit offers a daily bus service connecting Airlie Beach to Proserpine, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket and onto Shute Harbour from designated bus stops every 30 to 60 minutes.
By Car: Car rental options at Airlie Beach include Avis, Hertz and Thrifty car rentals, all of which have outlets there. Alternatively, local rental companies include Fun Rentals (21 Carlo Dr, Cannonvale; 0414 825 039).
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The currency is the Australian dollar. There are extensive ATM facilities throughout Airlie Beach (within a five-minute walk of the marina). Most places accept mainstream credit cards.