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Airlie Beach (2)

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
qld1017
State/Region:
QLD Airlie Beach
Post Code:
4802
Length:
0.25km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
airlie beach (1)  (0.2km) shingley beach  (0.8km) cannonvale  (1.6km) funnel bay  (2km) beach 1013  (2.8km)

Beach

Airlie Beach fronts the main street and shops of the town of the same name, now the centre of the thriving Whitsunday tourist industry. Consequently this is one of Queensland's better known and more popular beaches. The beach that sits in Airlie Bay lies just off the Proserpine-Shute Harbour Road. It is backed by parking areas, a walkway, the Intercity bus terminal, the shops, a hotel and a park.The beach faces almost due north and is split in two by the small Airlie Creek. The western side of the beach (1016) is just 150 m in length, bordered by two car parks and linked by a footbridge across the creek to the eastern half. The eastern side (1017) is 250 m in length and is backed by a shady park and a walkway that ends at a small boat harbour (Fig. 4.48). Both beaches are composed of medium to coarse sand and shells. The bay is usually calm, only receiving low waves during northerly winds. A few mangroves fringe the eastern ends of both beaches. At high tide the beach has a moderate slope and water deep enough to swim in. However at low tide, a rocky tidal flat is exposed and swimming is not possible (Fig. 1.1b).

Swimming

A very popular spot to swim at high tide, however you can only sunbake at low tide. Watch the rocks underfoot on the tidal flats.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

Best off the headlands and breakwater at high tide.

General

A very accessible and popular tourist destination, better for sunbathing than swimming. If you do want to get wet, make sure it's near high tide.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets

Regulation Symbols

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    Last updated: 02/04/2009 19:54:28

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    Hazards

    • Irukandji Irukandji
    • Bluebottles Bluebottles
    • Chironex Chironex
    • Crocodiles Crocodiles
    • High Tide Range High Tide Range

    Service Providers

      SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

      WEATHER

      Fri, 26 Aug 02:00 am

      HAMILTON IS (17 km)


      Possible shower.
      20.10 °C
      SE/17 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      FriSatSunMonTueWed
      21° 15° 20° 11° 21° 11° 23° 13° 23° 16° 23° 17°

      WATER

      23

      Issued at Thu, 25 Aug 14:02

      SWELL FORECAST

      Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      Monday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SSE
        9 km/h
        0.4m
      • SE
        16 km/h
        0.6m
      • SSE
        18 km/h
        0.4m
      • SE
        16 km/h
        0.3m
      • SSE
        14 km/h
        0.3m
      • SE
        18 km/h
        0.4m
      • SE
        14 km/h
        0.3m
      • ESE
        19 km/h
        0.4m

      Airlie Beach issued at Thu, 25 Aug 18:29

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
      Swell:
      East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
      Seas:
      Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
      Weather:
      Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower offshore in the morning and afternoon. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

      UV INDEX

      TODAY'S TIDE

      • high
        05:43
        2.60m
      • low
        11:51
        0.61m
      • high
        18:35
        3.38m

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      Shute Harbour issued at Fri, 26 Aug 02:44

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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