Australia, Airlie Beach
Street View cam
View of Airlie Beach, the gateway to
the Whitsunday islands - the main
street Airlie Beach all year round.
Beach is a town in the Whitsunday
Region of Queensland, Australia. At
the 2006 census, Airlie Beach had a
population of 2,751.
Airlie Beach is one of many
departure points for the Great
Barrier Reef it usually takes about
2-3hours to get out to the reef from
nearby Shute Harbour depending on
ocean conditions. Near latitude 20
degrees south, Airlie Beach,
Proserpine and the nearby Whitsunday
Islands enjoy a tropical climate and
The Whitsunday Islands, named by
James Cook in 1770 are a sailors'
paradise. Cook named the islands as
he believed he passed through the
area on the Christian festival day
of Whit Sunday. It is now widely
accepted that he didn't actually
pass through on this date, as he had
failed to take into account the yet
to be brought into existence
International Date Line ą la Phileas
Each year the residents of Airlie
Beach celebrate The Blessing of the
Fleet on Whit Sunday or Pentecost
Sunday. The Blessing was started by
Father Keith Felgate.
Airlie Beach is a tourist
destination, extremely popular with
backpackers. Its beach is small and
the sea is inhabited by marine
stingers, the Irukandji jellyfish
from November to May.