AIRLIE BEACH AND THE BIG4 AIRLIE COVE
Airlie Beach! What an iconic Australian destination. Known for it's tourists and backpackers, beautiful beaches, nightlife and the laid back vibe! It's also the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, this flourishing hub is the ideal base for some adventure! We chose to stay at the BIG4 Airlie Cove and we had such a great time.
6 months ago Cyclone Debbie hit the Whitsunday Coast and devastated the area. In the short time since, the vegetation has grown back surprisingly well and the town is returning to it's beautiful former self. You’ll notice around town some of the parts that were damaged badly and still awaiting repairs. Shute Harbour was probably the worst affected and the damage there gives you an idea of how powerful Debbie must have been. Well done to the Airlie Beach locals, it must have been a massive clean up effort after such a big Cyclone. Scary Stuff!!
So much to do in this hip coastal town. The lagoon is a must, with heaps of shade and grass around and shallow pools for the kids we had a great day lazing by the pool and soaking up the Whitsunday sunshine. We stopped in at the Saturday morning markets that offer a great range of food, coffee, handmade goods, local arts and craft, fresh fruit and vegetables. Afterwards take a stroll down the Main Street of Airlie as there is plenty of shops, pubs and cafes to checkout.
If you want to just relax and unwind for your stay, the BIG4 Airlie Cove is a perfect place to do so. Let the kids run amuck in the huge waterpark or pool with waterslide while you watch from one of the day beds provided. There is a great camp kitchen and bbq area that overlooks the jumping pillow and large playground. The perfect place for drinks and nibbles and to catch up with other travellers while the kids are entertained for hours!
Most of the sites come with concrete slabs which makes parking up a breeze. Plenty of grass and shade with heaps of room for the kids to ride their bikes. Located only 2km from town the buses come and go often and there is a bus stop right out the front of the park. There’s a games and internet room and you can also book tours from reception.
It's a Perfect family holiday for the caravanners and there is heaps of other accommodation available with some cool villa's & cabins on offer.
If your into great coffee and delicious food, head down to the Abel Point marina and check out Bohemian Raw. A ripping little cafe that does some great healthy food and the best coffee we found in Airlie Beach.
Be sure to stop in at Airlie Beach for a week, it’s definitely a spot not to be missed on your travels around OZ!
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