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Airlie Beach (2)

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
qld1017
Includes Beaches:
Airlie Beach (2)
State/Region:
QLD - Airlie Beach
Post Code:
4802
General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 ( Least hazardous)

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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
100

Location

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  • Parking Parking

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.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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Hazards

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.

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WATER

28

Issued at Fri, December 26 13:13

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9 km from Airlie Beach issued at Thu, December 25 23:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

13

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TODAY'S TIDE

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Shute Harbour issued at Thu, December 11 00:00 (Local Time)

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