Airlie Beach Car Rental

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Escape to the tranquil beach atmosphere of Airlie Beach and discover the sights with independence, as there’s no better way to explore Airlie Beach than with the freedom of your own car rental. When you arrive into Airlie Beach it won’t take you long to discover why it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Passengers can collect a vehicle at Proserpine Airport located approximately thirty minutes away from Airlie Beach, which is the closest airport in the area. DriveAway also offers convenient collection from downtown depots. For more information on driving distances and depots in Australia, visit our Driving Tips page.

Hamilton Island is only 27km from Airlie Beach which is about a 1-hour ride on a ferry.

During the summertime in November and December is the perfect time to enjoy Airlie Beach as you'll miss out on bigger crowds during the peak season during September and October. Although, Airlie Beach is beautiful all-year round.

There is no airport in Airlie Beach itself although the Whitsunday Coast Airport is only a 30-minute drive away and Hamilton Island has an airport which is accessible via a ferry.

Experience Airlie Beach

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Airlie Beach, situated on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is the gateway to the 74 stunning Whitsunday Islands. It is the hub of the Whitsundays region, being the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast, with a large focus on tourism due to the high influx of visitors passing through the region. Airlie Beach is the best place to start for a Whitsunday holiday with the freedom and flexibility of many options including activities and tours, sailing, snorkelling, bushwalking, relaxing and of course wine-ing, dining and the famous nightlife.

Take advantage of the access to the Whitsunday Islands, one of the best holiday destinations in Australia. The Whitsundays consists of 74 islands located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, along the Queensland coast. Take a day trip and discover the glowing white sands of Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet - one of the best best lookouts in the world, enjoy an amazing birds eye view of the reef from a plane ride, paddle a kayak through the water, jump on a jet ski, challenge yourself on bushwalking trails or just relax by the water and unwind.

Car rental makes it easy to drive to nearby Mackay, which is south of Airlie Beach. Enjoy the journey by stopping at the Eungella National Park located approximately two and a half hours drive from Airlie Beach. This ancient national park is Australia’s longest rainforest covering an area of 51,700 hectares of land. Continue your drive to Mackay located one and a half hours from the National Park. Mackay is a beautiful town rich in history and attractions. Travel around the town and discover the historic buildings, memorials, art galleries, Botanical Gardens, the Orchid House and much more. Mackay is surrounded by remarkable coastal views and has 31 beaches all accessible with your car rental.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Airlie Beach to Mackay 150 2
Airlie Beach to Townsville 275 3
Airlie Beach to Rockhampton 480 5.5
Airlie Beach to Cairns 625 7.25
Airlie Beach to Brisbane 1100 12.5

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