Information correct as of December 2015
Airlie Beach Airport is the perfect spot from which to explore the Whitsunday coast of Queensland, Australia which boasts beautiful beaches, sweeping national parks and quaint seaside towns. Inland too, there is lots to explore at historic farming towns and villages. With a hire car from Airlie Beach Airport, you don’t have to worry about airport transfers or navigating public transport. It’s easy to get from A to B and explore this little corner of Queensland.
Where to hire a car at Airlie Beach Airport
Airlie Beach Airport is home to a number of car hire companies. Desks for Avis, Budget, Hertz and Europcar are all based within the airport’s small terminal building and all companies have cars onsite.
Petrol Stations near Airlie Beach Airport
Cars hired with a full to full fuel policy will need to be refuelled before you return it. The closest petrol stations to Airlie Beach Airport are all based in the nearby town of Proserpine. You’ll find a Caltex garage located on route A1, around 10 minutes’ drive north of the airport.
Driving around Airlie Beach Airport
Lascelles Avenue leads from Airlie Beach Airport to the A1, a route travelling north to Proserpine and Bowen and south to Mackay and Rockhampton. Smaller roads lead east, off to the coast, Airlie Beach and both Conway and Dryander national parks.
Roads throughout Queensland are very well-maintained and signposted. However, you may come across unsealed roads that require a 4WD if you decide to venture off the beaten track. These roads are marked on maps so investing in a detailed roadmap is wise. If you’re planning on travelling to the Whitsunday Islands, there are a number of ferry routes that leave from Airlie Beach or Shore Harbour.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Airlie Beach Airport, you’re within easy reach of some great Queensland destinations. Here are just a few of them:
Despite its name, the star of Airlie Beach isn’t its beach. Instead the seaside town’s lagoon is the most popular spot for a swim and a sunbathe. Visitors will also find a variety of restaurants, many serving great seafood, a waterfront market and a selection of boat trips heading to and around the Whitsunday Islands.
It takes just over 30 minutes to drive from Airlie Beach Airport to Airlie Beach town. Drivers can take the A1 heading north and then pick up Shute Harbour Road heading towards the coast. Airlie Beach is a small town that’s easy to navigate both by car and on foot. It’s also well set up for tourists so there are numerous places to park.
If you’re looking for idyllic sandy beaches, Dingo Beach could be just the ticket. Along with its sister town at Hideaway Bay, it boasts miles of sandy beaches, clear warm waters and a range of beachfront pubs and laid back resorts. Visitors can go snorkelling, try their hand at fishing and enjoy al fresco eating at public barbecues dotted along the beach.
Dingo Beach is around 40 minutes’ drive from Airlie Beach Airport. Drivers should take the A1 north and then branch off onto the Dingo Beach Road after passing through Myrtlevale. The tiny town is made up of just a few roads so it’s very easy to navigate.
Visitors to Proserpine are treated to a slice of small town Queensland. This old farming community is surrounded by fields of sugar cane and grazing cattle. Main Street is the town’s hub, home to country pubs and a selection of local boutiques. There’s some picturesque art deco architecture to admire and tours to see crocodiles along the Proserpine River.
Proserpine is a 15 minute drive from Airlie Beach Airport. Drivers can take the A1 heading north all the way into town. There are plenty of street parking spaces around town and congestion is rarely an issue.