Airlie Beach is a locality situated in Whitsunday Region (Queensland, Australia). In 2011, the suburb of Airlie Beach had a population of 7,870. Airlie Beach is among the many departure sites for the Great Barrier Reef. Airlie Beach, Proserpine and nearby Whitsunday Islands enjoy friendly tropical climate. Whitsunday Islands, named in 1770 by James Cook, are a true sailors' paradise. Cook named them as he believed he had passed through the region on the Christian festival day of Whit Sunday. Today it is widely accepted he didn't actually pass through on that date, as he had not taken into account the International Date Line a la Phileas Fogg (yet to be brought into existence). Each year, Airlie Beach rsidents celebrate The Blessing of Fleet on Whit Sunday (Pentecost Sunday).
Airlie Beach is an extremely popular with backpackers tourist destination. Its beach is small and the sea is inhabited by box jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) and marine stingers. In order to provide a place for the visitors to swim, the local council built a medium-sized swimming lagoon, similar to the one found in Cairns. Airlie Beach Lagoon is around 4,300 m2 and offers 4.5 million litres of self chlorinated water.
Easily accessible from Airlie Beach, the Great Barrier Reef provides an array of different tours available. The majority of these depart from Abell Point Marina, with a few departing from the Port of Airlie. Abell Point Marina has 507 berths.
It is almost certain the city was named for the Scottish parish of Airlie, as the name was suggested by Robert Shepherd, chairman of former Proserpine Shire Council, born in nearby Montrose. The official name from 1936 until 1987 was Airlie, and afterwards it became Airlie Beach.
Airlie Beach Post Office opened on November 2, 1959.
Busking (street performance) was made legal in June 2010 through the Adopted Draft Policy by Whitsunday Regional Council.
Port Airlie Beach cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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