Blogs from Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach March 7th 2023

After two days at sea we are tendered at Airlie Beach. During those two days there was a medical emergency on board the ship and a helicopter was sent from Cairns to collect the seriously ill guest. This procedure was carried out efficiently and while the ship was moving. Airlie beach is the gateway to Queensland’s pristine Whitsunday Islands. James Cook named the islands in 1770 as he believed he passed through the area on Whit Sunday. It is now widely accepted that he didn’t actually pass through on that date as he failed to take account the yet to be bought into existence International Date Line. Each year the residents of Airlie beach celebrate the blessing of the fleet on Whit Sunday There are 74 islands in the Whitsundays and they are in the heart ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach September 27th 2022

Airlie Beach lies in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, and consequently, it’s marketing slogan is “The Heart of the Reef”, which is also a reference to the nearby heart shaped coral cay that is Instagram famous. The Whitsunday Islands are located just offshore from Airlie Beach and it’s sister town, Shute Harbour, with the most recognizable being Hook Island, Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Island. Airlie Beach has something for everyone, from ritzy apartments and music filled bars overlooking the water, to more family friendly accommodation and activities. The town and the waterways were kept very clean, with our tour boat Captain even doing a u turn to pick up a single floating glass bottle out near the reef. There is a freshwater swimming lagoon near the main beach that is great for families to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach September 5th 2019

The next section of our journey is to sail from Darwin to Airlie Beach in Queensland. We will sail across the Gulf of Carpentaria and south of Papua New Guinea. At the closest point between PNG and Australia is a cluster of small islands, Thursday Island being probably one of the best know, but not the largest. Prince of Wales Island is the largest, but our cruise will pass a number of the Torres Straight islands including St Joseph's and Kiriri (Hammond) Islands. It takes a couple of days to come around the top of the Northern Territory and cross the Gulf of Carpentaria. Unlike our flight to Singapore, this was calm sailing all the way as Pacific Dawn is actually a wonderfully stable ship even with winds and currents pushing her around. The top of ... read more
Navigation Map on CC TV
Navigation Map on CC TV
The Northern Islands

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach May 2nd 2019

"It is not down in any map; true places never are." Herman Melville We were captivated by Cardwell but the open road was beckoning and Cyril duly instructed Brutey to turn left onto the A1 to make a journey of approximately 350kms to Bowen. As a rule, we avoid the main freeways but the alternative routing would have been too far inland and off course. With plenty of sugar cane visible spoiling what would have once been beautiful coastal plains and forest, a distraction was needed so the radio was tuned into an Aussie early morning talk show. The chat show hosts were banging on about the Federal Election due to take place on 18th May and what was intriguing was the sensible discussion taking place about what was best for Australia. In stark contrast to ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach November 18th 2018

Day 3: Magnetic Island to Airlie Beach We got back to Townsville and parked in a McDonald’s car park (to avoid paying for car park!) and went to the information centre where we booked a day tour to the Whitsundays islands for the following day. The drive was nice and quiet. We stopped halfway to change drivers and arrived in Airlie Beach at 4pm. We stayed a bit away from the bustling village, in Backpackers by the Bay. We went for a walk on the coastal boardwalk and got an ice cream to cool us from the hot drive. Day 4: Boat trip to the Whitsundays On the next day, we did the boat tour to the Whitsunday Islands. We chose to go with Ocean Rafting, which added a bit of adventure to the trip. It ... read more
Whitehaven Beach from Hill Inlet viewpoint
Paradise - Whitehaven Beach from Hill inlet viewpoint
Stinger suit! - protects against jellyfish and UV rays!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach October 17th 2018

Um 7:00 Uhr sind wir alle putzmunter und schmieren uns die Verpflegung für den Tag. Heute wird sich also zeigen, ob die Vorfreude berechtigt war und der Trip es wert war und Whitehaven Beach die Ehre Australiens retten kann. Pünktlich um 9 sind wir in der Marina und checken ein. Wir landen auf der Black Betty. Gut so, denn das Schiff scheint nicht wirklich voll zu werden. Die Boote von Ocean Rafting sehen aus wie Schlauchboote, werden aber mit 750 PS Motoren so beschleunigt, dass es schon etwas von Speedboot fahren hat. Emma und Anja sichern sich die Plätze auf der Seite und halten sich gut fest bei der rasanten Fahrt, die viel Spaß macht und auch landschaftlich so ist, wie Anja und Janette es auch in Cairns erwartet hatten. Viele Inseln und schönes, hellblaues Wasser. ... read more
Whitehaven Schildkröte 2
Whitehaven Schildkröte 3
Whitehaven Schildkröte 4

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach October 16th 2018

Um 8:00 Uhr sitzen alle mit geschmierten Broten in unserem hellblauen Hyundai i30 und es geht los. Vor uns liegen 650 KM Fahrt durch Australien. Wer schon einmal hier gewesen ist weiß: das ist etwas anderes, als die A7 von Hamburg in den Süden zu nehmen. Immer wieder gibt es Road Works bei denen schwer auszumachen ist, wer von den vielen im Einsatz befindlichen Menschen eigentlich auch etwas tut. Auch die Tatsache, dass man mit 100 km/h über Kreuzungen brettert, ist immer mal wieder befremdlich. Nach gut 2 Stunden Fahrt über Innisfail machen wir am Wasser Halt und frühstücken. Von den öffentlichen Essplätzen, die mit Kochfläche, fließend Wasser und Toiletten ausgestattet sind und eigentlich immer auch hygienisch sind, könnten auch wir uns noch eine Scheibe abschneiden. Unsere leckeren Sandwichs haben wir im Nu verputzt und schon ... read more
Emma hat das Steuer fest im Griff
We Hit the road
Unser Gartenhäuschen

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach January 10th 2018

wow, another beautiful day in Airlie yesterday, boy was the sun shining. In the morning I went and had a look around Abell Point Marina. Simply an awesome marina with boats ranging from little tenders to big Gin palaces:) There are some beautiful maxi yachts there too which have won Sydney to Hobart races and i believe are now commercial vessels servicing the tourism industry. Ill be checking them out as an option to explore the magical Whitsundays islands soon! After Abell point i went back to the shops to pick up some groceries to cook up a little barbecue on the beach. Got some lamb cutlets and sausages from the butcher MBW on the barbie, in the Whitsunday Shopping centre. BOY where they tasty, definitely getting my future meat produce from them from now on! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach January 9th 2018

Wow, Just had the most awesome lunch at Little Vegas in airlie beach i thought id blog about it. This resturant is awesome, its located on the main street of airlie beach and the place is absolutely buzzing. sadly there's no view but the food and the service makes up for it. I had fish tacos but after seeing the burgers come out for other patrons i was slightly envious. Im definitely going back to get the Rodeo Burger They looked awesome. I highly highly recommend it! Bon Voyage JP... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach January 8th 2018

Hi there! Thanks for reading my first travel blog ever and here's to many more to follow. I have made a new life change to travel far far more and have decided to document and blog about them. So here we are! I arrived in Airlie Beach Queensland yesterday after flying into Proserpine on a fairly short flight from Brisbane (1hr 40 minutes) on Virgin Australia and then took an airport transfer to my accommodation in Cannonvale called Whitsundays Apatrtments . The 2 bedroom apartment is awesome and right on cannonvale beach. There is also a nice pool with a barbecue that i was dying to jump in as its hawwwwt. My friend doesn't arrive for a couple of days so Im delighted i have the place to myself as im in need of some me ... read more

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