Best Places for Backpackers in Airlie Beach, Australia.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Airlie Beach, Australia.

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Top 9 hostels in Airlie Beach, Australia.

These are the 9 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Airlie Beach, Australia.

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Whitsunday On The Beach

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Whitsunday On The Beach

Located in Airlie Beach backing on to Airlie Beach Lagoon. No taxis to catch or hills to climb, located on the northern end of Airlie Beach. The perfect place to stop before and after your Whitsundays boat tour. Fully self contained units with kitchenette and ensuite. All Units include linen, to...
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Bush Village Budget Cabins

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Bush Village Budget Cabins

Welcome to the Bush Village Budget Cabins in Cannonvale, Airlie Beach. We are a small, quiet block of holiday cabins set in relaxing, bird friendly gardens but are still close to Abel Point Marina and the centre of Airlie Beach. We have all the necessary facilities for a comfortable stay without bre...
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Airlie Beach Magnums

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Airlie Beach Magnums

Welcome to the Whitsundays! Magnums is a tropical oasis in the middle of the excitement of Airlie Beach. Relax in our beautiful settings or take a short stroll to the famous Airlie Beach Lagoon, Abel Point Marina, or Port of Airlie. Magnums is an over 18 years only budget holiday retreat in the...
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Airlie Beach Backpackers By The Bay

79 /100

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Airlie Beach Backpackers By The Bay

By the Bay is a really relaxed, clean and friendly hostel, offering wonderful water views and overlooking the Port of Airlie Marina. The coach transit centre is directly across the road. The property is 400 metres (5 minute walk) to the main street, where you will find restaurants, cafes, shops a...
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Airlie Beach YHA

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Airlie Beach YHA

Airlie Beach YHA hostel is located in the centre of Airlie Beach close to the swimming lagoon, restaurants, cafes and the best local nightlife spots. The hostel offers multi-share, double and twin rooms with private balconies. All hostel rooms are air-conditioned and the twin and double rooms ha...
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Kipara Tropical Rainforest Resort

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Kipara Tropical Rainforest Resort

Tired of sharing dorms? Come enjoy the luxury of the private room! Clean, quiet and convenient, Kipara is the backpacking upgrade you can afford. Set up on an immense property amongst the tropical rainforest, just 2km outside of Airlie Beach downtown, the resort offers only private rooms and self-co...
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Base Airlie Beach Resort

72 /100

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Base Airlie Beach Resort

Base Airlie Beach Resort is rapidly gaining the reputation for their stylish rooms, friendly local crew and a fun social atmosphere all in one great location in Airlie Beach. Only 50m to the lagoon and the cafes, bars and shops are on the doorstep along with our own Boat House Bar you can pick yours...
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Nomads Airlie Beach

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Nomads Airlie Beach

Nomads Airlie Beach is the perfect place to stay before or after a trip to the Whitsundays. Located right in the heart of Airlie Beach opposite the famous swimming lagoon, Nomads is no more than 50 metres away from all that Airlie Beach has to offer. Set amongst 7 acres of tropical gardens abunda...
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Airlie Beach Motor Lodge

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Airlie Beach Motor Lodge

Airlie Beach Motor Lodge is located in a quiet and central location off the beautiful Whitsundays, offering self-contained accommodation only 200 metres from the Airlie Beach Lagoon, the beach, shops and restaurants....
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Airlie Beach, Australia.

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3 Reasons Why The Whitsundays Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination

The hub of this area is the township of Airlie Beach. Located on the mainland about 13 hours north of Brisbane, Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. One of the longest running jokes is that half the people that live there originally came for a holiday and then never quite left. After you have spent some time here, you begin to understand why.

Tegan Dunn

The Whitsunday Islands: Heart of the Great Barrier Reef

The Whitsundays are a must-see for anyone heading to Australia. They make up part of a chain of seventy-four islands, located off the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia. Smack bang in the middle of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef marine park. The main port and therefore gateway to the Whitsundays is the small, sailing town of Airlie beach. Fondly referred to by locals and visitors as the ‘heart of the great barrier reef.’

Ellie McMaster

Australia: A 5 Week Trip

Post Fraser Island, I took another bus to from Rainbow Beach to Airlie Beach (14-hour drive). Here, I spent just one night as the next morning I got on a 3-day sailing trip to the Whitsundays. Again, all meals included in this trip.

Stephi

Let me paint a picture…

We returned to Airlie Beach that afternoon with a deal at Boaties Bar for food & drinks. The next day we would continue our road trip to Byron Bay. The plan was fairly laid back from then on. I wanted to see; 1770, Rainbow Beach, go kayaking in Noosa, visit Byron Bay & Nimbin, and do a surf lesson somewhere along the way!

Lolly McCafferty

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