Airlie beach (Australia)

Airlie Beach is a small town in northeastern Australia in the municipality of Queensland. The small town is the nearest port from Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands, which are both popular tourist destinations. The town is especially popular with backpackers, despite the fact that its beach is very small and the sea is full of box jellyfishes from October to April. The area is built on a smaller artificial lagoon for tourists, which is open day and night. Due to the large amount of backpackers the city's night life is very brisk and dynamic, but most spend here only a short time, before moving on to the Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands.

Population: 7,868
Beach : Yes
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: English
Emergency numbers: 000 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
Electric plugs: I
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: A tip is not expected.

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January - 44.6 24.8 6
February - 48.2 28.4 6
March - 57.2 35.6 9
April - 69.8 44.6 9
May - 77.0 53.6 9
June - 86.0 62.6 9
July - 89.6 66.2 9
August - 86.0 64.4 9
September - 78.8 55.4 8
October - 68.0 44.6 8
November - 57.2 33.8 7
December - 48.2 30.2 8

More information: Airlie beach forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Airlie beach is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $76.10, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $264.13, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $10.71
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $17.94
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $6.19
  • Meal, McDonalds: $9.27
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $15.45

More information: Airlie beach price level


Airlie beach has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 57.5 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 72.2 (a little better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 44.7 (better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Airlie beach safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: An international driving license, passport and credit card are mostly required to rent a car.
  • Direction of traffic: In Oceania (Australia, New Zealand) the traffic is left-handed.
  • Insurance: All rental cars tend to be offered with some form of insurance, but insurance policies rarely are very comprehensive, so make sure, if your travel insurance or your insurance covers damages on rental cars, before taking an additional insurance from a car rental company.
  • Driving abroad / in the wider area: You can drive a rental car almost always everywhere without additional fees.

More information: Car rental Oceania