|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 32% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||August||Best time to find cheap flights, 8% potential price drop|
|Average price||£925||Average for round-trip flights in October 2020|
|Round-trip from||£864||From London to Hamilton Island|
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Airlie Beach along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Airlie Beach and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
Airlie Beach is a small area that is packed full with bars, clubs, restaurants and tour offices, with accommodation options ranging from campsites to five star hotels.
A common concern when visiting Airlie Beach are the stingers, which can be a problem between October and April. Ocean swimming is restricted at that time, but the Airlie Beach Lagoon makes up for it. It’s stinger-free year-round, holds 4.5 million litres of salt water, is patrolled every day from 7am to 9pm and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, barbecue facilities and picnic tables.
6km (4 miles) east of Airlie Beach is Conway National Park, a beautiful coastal park looking across the Whitsunday Passage. It is home to Proserpine rock-wallabies, the Australian brush-turkey and orange-footed scrubfowl. From the lookout at Mount Rooper, there are views of Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning islands.
The islands are the main attraction of course and visitors will have the happy problem of deciding which type of boat to charter to the Whitsundays. Shute Harbour, 10km (six miles) east of Airlie Beach, is the departure point for many of the vessels.
The climate is subtropical with warm temperatures year-round. The summer months (December to February) have temperatures of 25-35 C (75-95 F) with rain and high levels of humidity. During this time there is a possibility of hurricanes. The winter months (June to August) have temperatures of around 20 C (65 F), and there is little rainfall.
The Queensland school holidays are peak season times in Airlie Beach. The Blessing of the Fleet is also a peak season time. It takes place 50 days after Easter each year (May or June depending on when Easter falls). Airlie Beach Food and Wine Festival is in August, along with the Airlie Beach Race Week and Whitsunday Fantasea Reef Festival, and the Airlie Beach Triathlon in September. These events are very popular, making it a peak season time to go to Airlie Beach.
In general, when the schools are in session, it’s considered low season in Airlie Beach. Pick and choose your times carefully to get low-season rates. In December, January and February, the weather is hot and humid and cyclones are a possibility.