Airlie Beach & Mission Beach
Trip Start Aug 15, 2008
90Trip End Aug 14, 2009
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Shute Harbour Road is Airlie's main drag which is full of backpacker hostels, bars, clubs & cafes although there are some upmarket apartments, hotels & restaurants tucked discretely behind the main road.
Our room was one of the two en-suite double rooms, but it had no view from its frosted window & had the atmosphere of an underground bunker, I know how Adolf Hitler must have felt in his last days - it was cheap, though.
At night the main street was seething with backpackers spilling out of the pubs & bars or queuing up for take-away fish & chips (which were delicious). Several bars had live music, some of it was very good & all of it was VERY LOUD, especially the bar next to our bedroom!
(See Whitsunday's blog)
Because of the threat of Stingers (poisonous jelly fish), Airlie, has built a Lagoon at the sea front where you can sunbath or swim safely. It's quite large with grass & palm trees around it.
Further along the coast is the pretty Shute Harbour, a natural harbour, where the Whitsunday boats used to sail from before they built the Airlie Marina. It is now local yachting mooring.
Our next stay was due to be Cairns, but as it was a long drive we were advised to break our journey at Mission Beach which is an attractive beach resort south of Cairns. The tropical rain forest comes right down to the beach here so there are palm trees overhanging the beach.