Ultimate guide (October 2018)
is a a popular beach town. For backpackers it's the main entry point to Whitehaven
- the most famous beach in Australia. However, Airlie Beach is also a remarkable place. Artificial lagoon, worth a luxury hotel, attracts budget travelers from all over the world. As a result we've got something like Australian copy of Ibiza with youth hangouts and discos. Shore and seabed: sand, stones.  Find hotels in Airlie
Coordinates: -20.267328, 148.718228
Near the Airlie beach there is a great choice of budget hotels from US$70 per night. However, you must book much in advance to get that low fare.
Those who are looking for something cheaper should understand that all of the campsites starts from US$40 per person per night, and all of them are located very far from the Lagoon. Find hotels in Airlie
How to get there 
Fly to Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP)
of Proserpine town. Next hire a taxi or take a bus. Find flights to Airlie
When to go 
Whitsunday Coast climate is rather complicated. There is a rainy season from January to May, while the sea water is very cold from June to September. Thus a period from October to December is the only time with comfortable weather.
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