A quick four and a half hour journey on the Bruce Highway took us from Yeppoon to Airlie Beach.
Sitting between the Great Dividing Range and the coast, Airlie is a jumping resort town and gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Backpackers seem to outnumber everyone else here, coming into town by the busload to do the Whitsunday sail but spend most of their time frequenting the nightspots around town.
We arrived in Airlie in the afternoon and spent the next good few hours looking for accommodation, which wasn’t easy. I suppose just coming into the high season we were to expect this.
First impressions were that of the guidebook, busy resort with loads of shops, cafes and bars and even more young backpackers all out for a good time, needless to say my parents weren’t that enthusiastic. We spent the day lounging by the artificial lagoon as despite the name Airlie doesn’t have any beach to speak of. And at night after the folks were off, we went to a few bars including a place which had a foam party on the first night and a wet t shirt comp the second.
We spent two days in Airlie before going our separate ways, not being a big fan of long boat journeys, my parents decided to go onto Townsville and Magnetic Island and we decided to do a tour of the Whitsundays before meeting them up there.