Airlie Beach, Queensland


Airlie Beach, Queensland

Infobox Australian Place | type = town
name = Airlie Beach
state = qld



caption = The Main Street - Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia
lga = Whitsunday Regional Council
postcode = 4802
est =
pop = 2,751
pop_footnotes=
elevation=
maxtemp =
mintemp =
rainfall =
stategov = Whitsunday
fedgov = Dawson
dist1 = 1123
location1= Brisbane
dist2 = 151
location2= Mackay
dist3 = 25
location3= Proserpine

Airlie Beach is a town in the Whitsunday Region of Queensland, Australia. At the 2006 census, Airlie Beach had a population of 2,751.Census 2006 AUS|id=UCL300200 |name=Airlie Beach (Urban Centre/Locality)
accessdate=2008-05-01|quick=on
]

Airlie Beach is known as the Heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) due to its position near the centre of the GBR that stretches for two thousand kilometres along the coast. Near latitude 20 degrees South, Airlie Beach and the nearby Whitsunday Islands enjoy a tropical climate and lifestyle.Fact|date=May 2008

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 a lá Phileas Fogg.

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 and together with the adjacent Shute Harbour, provide one of the embarkation point for both the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Its beach is small and the sea is inhabited by marine stingers (a type of jellyfish) from November to May. In order to provide somewhere for the short term visitors tourists to swim, the local council, has built a medium sized swimming lagoon on the foreshore.

References

* [http://www.whitsunday.qld.gov.au/ Whitsunday Shire Council]


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