Your ship will usually anchor at Abel Point. From here, a
regular tender and/or catamaran service will operate to Abel
Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Airlie Beach Ambassadors will
be at the pier throughout the day to hand out maps and other
useful tourist information.
A taxi rank is located on Shute Harbour Road, an approximate
two-kilometre walk from the pier. There is also a shuttle
service available for a small fee, payable as you board.
Whether you just want a great espresso, a tasty light snack
or a gourmet meal, Airlie Beach has some excellent cafes
and restaurants. You’ll find most of them located around
the Waterfront on Shute Harbour Road (also known as The
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as
fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches
to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged
confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed
subject to inspection.
Airlie Beach has a range of stores and boutiques selling
everything from tropical and outback clothing and high-end
fashions to souvenirs, opal jewellery and designer goods.
Airlie Beach has a tropical climate. In summer it can be
particularly hot and humid; however, refreshing rain showers
help to cool things down a little bit, and there always seems to
be a sea breeze out on the reef. Make sure you stay hydrated
and sheltered from the sun.