Airlie’s favourite place to be
The Airlie Beach Hotel aims to provide the most attractive choice for your stay or dining experience in the Whitsundays. We cater for both leisure and corporate visitors as well as for local residents. The line ‘in the heart of Airlie Beach’ says much about our location but does not convey the splendid views from the Ocean View Rooms, Premium Rooms and Suites directly across the beach to the Coral Sea and the islands to the north, while Village View and Motel rooms provide other options to suit all budgets.
The hotel features include a resort-style swimming pool as well as undercover parking and Mangrove Jacks restaurant, specialising in wood-fired pizzas and hearty meals.
Conference facilities cater for up to 50 attendees in our Events Room on Level 1, with the resort pool and deck area providing an ideal location for functions. The recent renovations were largely aimed at creating an attractive deck and pool surrounds for receptions to meet the increasing popularity of Airlie Beach as a location for weddings and other celebrations.
Since it opened in 1968 as the original ‘pub’ in the heart of the then small coastal village, the Airlie Beach Hotel has been an integral part of the development of Airlie Beach. As the town evolved from a collection of weekender cottages for Proserpine cane farmers into the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, as well as an eclectic resort destination in its own right, the Airlie Beach Hotel has changed in step.
Over more than a decade from the time the property was acquired by the present owners in 1982, house lots surrounding the original hotel were added, allowing significant redevelopment. The first stage in 1997 included the construction of a separate building on Shute Harbour Road for the new Mangrove Jacks Café/Bar. In 2000 the new hotel building was constructed on the Esplanade, containing 60 hotel rooms and reception as well as Capers restaurant and a row of shops.
Last drinks: This classic pub shot captures a simpler time when Australians could let their hair down in a laid-back country that no longer exists. Rennie Ellis took this photograph inside Queensland’s Airlie Beach Hotel in 1982 – learn more about this photo – click here