Airlie Beach – the main port and party island for backpackers. We came here as we were catching our sailboat from this part of the country.
Where did we stay?
If you are not a backpacker and can afford to live it up a little, we recommend staying at The Martinique. It’s a very Mediterranean looking resort. They are self-service apartments and the owners are very friendly and welcoming 🙂 [take note: this is located at the top of a very steep hill!]
What did we do for 4 nights?
Chilled out, ate, learnt to scuba dive and stand-up paddle! Great fun 🙂
We learnt how to scuba dive in the lagoon – this was to practice before the sailing trip. It was a little difficult, as I had to get used to not breathing through my nose.
Miss AL and I went stand-up paddling through Whitsunday Stand Up Paddle. The instructor was really good and taught us the techniques to not falling into the water! By the end of the session, we were quite sore – legs were like jelly. But it was great fun, fun enough to go back for our free 1 hour the next day! 😛
Where we ate
I have reviewed each place separately, just the way I will be reviewing going forward.
We didn’t really hit the night spots, wasn’t feeling the mood to go clubbing. We did visit a few bars, though. The three listed below are all backpacker bars/pubs (it is backpacker central, after all).
Down Under Bar & Grill – We went here on a Friday night; it was rather dead but the only venue to be playing half decent music.
Magnums – We went to Magnum’s on the Wednesday night and then Friday and Saturday nights. It seemed to be the most happening pub.
Beaches Bar & Grill – Checked this place out on a Saturday night and on the Tuesday night after we got back from the sailing trip. It was okay.
All places were not busy, not as busy as places are in Perth. This could be due to the dollar being too high so people aren’t willing to travel within Australia. Airlie Beach is supposed to be a party port, but the time we went, it was really quite dead. Personally, I like a place to be a bit more busy, it adds a bit more atmosphere.
Main Image from Google