Located in Australia, in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland is the mainland gateway to the magnificent Whitsunday Islands; Airlie Beach. The renowned Whitsunday Islands are spread right along the Central Queensland Coast, with Airlie Beach being the main hub for travelers. As the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, and the boarding point for tours to Whitehaven Beach, as well as Daydream and Hayman Island and numerous other attractions in the area, Airlie Beach is perfect for those looking for some adventure and to explore. Located at the base of the stunning Conway Ranges, this picturesque town is also home to waterfront parks, pristine beaches, restaurants and cafes, and so much more. It is the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast and is an extremely popular tourist destination. The environment here is relaxing, yet vibrant; making this tropical beach town a must-visit when in Australia. Muslim visitors must be aware that locating Muslim-friendly facilities in Airlie Beach will be incredibly difficult. There are no known mosques or Halal restaurants in Airlie Beach.
The town of Airlie Beach is home to two main beaches, Airlie Beach itself and the new man-made Boathaven Beach. Airlie Beach is located in the centre of the town along the esplanade. The beach is lined with palm trees and is perfect for those looking to catch some sun. There are also areas for BBQs and picnics, as well as a playground for kids. Situated right in the centre of Airlie Beach is the breathtaking Airlie Beach Lagoon. This man-made lagoon was built specifically for swimming and is surrounded by beautiful parkland. It is home to a sandy beach, swimming pools for adults and kids, picnic and BBQ areas, and more. The lagoon is frequented by locals and tourists and is ideal for relaxing, mingling with the locals and for some family-friendly fun.
Located close by is the central hub in The Whitsundays; the main street of Airlie Beach – Shuttle Harbour Road. This area has a vibrant atmosphere and is usually where locals and visitors meet. Home to numerous clothing and souvenir stores, other retail stores, restaurants and cafes, and art galleries, this main street is definitely a must-visit.
If in Airlie Beach on a Saturday, a visit to the Airlie Beach Markets is a must. Here, visitors will find a variety of local arts and crafts, snacks, clothing, Whitsunday produce and much more.
As Airlie Beach is the gateway to memorable Whitsundays adventures, while here, tourists must book a day or overnight trip. There are cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, sailing and snorkeling adventures, sunset cruises, flights over incredibly scenic areas including Heart Reef, jet skiing tours and loads of other activities to choose from.
The closest airport to Airlie Beach is Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is located near Proserpine, and is about 25 minutes away from Airlie Beach. The best way to get from the airport to Airlie Beach is on a shuttle service.
There are no known Halal restaurants in Airlie Beach. There are however a number of seafood restaurants and a couple of vegetarian restaurants that Muslim visitors can dine at. Most of the non-halal restaurants have vegetarian and seafood options as well. Diners will have to ensure non-halal ingredients are not added into the ordered dish. They should also be aware that these restaurants usually serve alcohol.
Muslim tourists visiting the city will find it difficult to locate prayer facilities, as there are no known mosques in Airlie Beach. They will have to offer their prayers in their hotel rooms prior to leaving on their daily activities.