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Discover Airlie's Appeal

Beautiful Airlie Beach is one of the most popular places in Queensland for a campervan hire holiday and there are countless reasons why this is the case. It is known worldwide as the gateway to the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef and is the mainland hub for this region.

Airlie Beach is a colourful, cosmopolitan and inviting town that lies on the shores of a palm-fringed beach, overlooking the calm waters of Pioneer Bay. The waters in this bay are frequented with yachts, creating a true seaside atmosphere for the town.

Airlie is the ideal place to stay in order to experience what the entire Whitsunday region has to offer. It is perfect for those seeking a holiday full of adventure and action, or for those just looking to relax, take it easy and experience a bit of comfort.

The best way to get to Airlie is to fly into Proserpine Airport, also known as the Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is located in the exciting town of Proserpine. From here, it is easy to pick up your campervan hire Queensland and head into the centre of town, where you can begin your exploration of this amazing area.

However, before you start discovering the hidden treasures of Airlie, it is probably a good idea to get you and your campervan settled into a place to stay. Airlie offers a great array of accommodation options, with several great caravan parks to choose from. Some of the most popular of these include the Airlie Cove Resort and Van Park, Island Gateway Park and the Adventure Whitsunday Resort Big 4 Holiday Park. All of these parks offer great facilities for campervans and act as great bases for your exploration of the Whitsundays.

This exciting tourist hub offers an array of activities but also accommodates many of the essential services for travelers to this region. Although Airlie used to be a backpacker haven, it has become much more commercialized in recent years and now offers something for every kind of tourist. While the local nightlife is still thriving, there is a laid back atmosphere that even those a little more mature can enjoy.

Captain James Cook first sighted Airlie in 1770 as he was sailing through the Great Barrier Reef. Little did he know then that it would become a Mecca tourist attraction of Australia that attracts national and international visitors from across the world. Airlie remains shrouded in an interesting Indigenous Australian and European history and this strong past is still felt in the present. There are numerous historic sites and buildings around town so be sure to check a few of them out because you won't be left disappointed.

When it comes to things to do in Airlie it should come as no surprise that most of them are water based and water related. Popular activities to take part in here include sailing the islands, day trips to the Barrier Reef, scenic flights over Whitehaven Beach, skydiving, diving and snorkeling. There are also land alternatives such as crocodile safaris, exploring the vast amount of shops or dining in some of the area's best restaurants and cafes. NO matter what you chose to do, you are sure to find something to suit everyone!

Campervanning in Airlie is a great way to spend a week or two. Having your own van will give you the freedom to explore the entire Airlie and surrounding land destinations. There is such a vast variety of things to see and do that you will never bore of this amazing place.

Christine Barton


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