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Flights to Airlie Beach in 2021

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Popular inAprilHigh demand for flights, 4% potential price rise
Cheapest inJuneBest time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop
Average price$649Average for return flights in October 2021

Can I fly to Airlie Beach from New Zealand right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from New Zealand to Airlie Beach

Most visitors from New Zealand will not be allowed to enter Airlie Beach.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from New Zealand must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to Airlie Beach.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from New Zealand are not required to quarantine after entering Airlie Beach.

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Travel Authorization Form - Travelers who are not in an exempt category may request an individual exemption to Australia's travel restrictions using this form.


Can I fly back to New Zealand from Airlie Beach?

Returning to New Zealand from Airlie Beach

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Airlie Beach must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departing to New Zealand.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Airlie Beach are not required to quarantine after entering New Zealand.

When is the best time to fly to Airlie Beach?

Average Airlie Beach flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month

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$545 - $1,022

Flying to Airlie Beach in January is usually considered the best time to fly. However, you will find other deals are always available year round.

Airlie Beach is a small area that is packed full with bars, clubs, restaurants and tour offices, with accommodation options ranging from campsites to five star hotels.

A common concern when visiting Airlie Beach are the stingers, which can be a problem between October and April. Ocean swimming is restricted at that time, but the Airlie Beach Lagoon makes up for it. It’s stinger-free year-round, holds 4.5 million litres of salt water, is patrolled every day from 7am to 9pm and is surrounded by landscaped gardens, barbecue facilities and picnic tables.

6km (4 miles) east of Airlie Beach is Conway National Park, a beautiful coastal park looking across the Whitsunday Passage. It is home to Proserpine rock-wallabies, the Australian brush-turkey and orange-footed scrubfowl. From the lookout at Mount Rooper, there are views of Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning islands.

The islands are the main attraction of course and visitors will have the happy problem of deciding which type of boat to charter to the Whitsundays. Shute Harbour, 10km (six miles) east of Airlie Beach, is the departure point for many of the vessels.

 

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Airlie Beach climate

The climate is subtropical with warm temperatures year-round. The summer months (December to February) have temperatures of 25-35 C (75-95 F) with rain and high levels of humidity. During this time there is a possibility of hurricanes. The winter months (June to August) have temperatures of around 20 C (65 F), and there is little rainfall. 

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When is the best time to fly to Airlie Beach?

Peak Season: 

The Queensland school holidays are peak season times in Airlie Beach. The Blessing of the Fleet is also a peak season time. It takes place 50 days after Easter each year (May or June depending on when Easter falls). Airlie Beach Food and Wine Festival is in August, along with the Airlie Beach Race Week and Whitsunday Fantasea Reef Festival, and the Airlie Beach Triathlon in September. These events are very popular, making it a peak season time to go to Airlie Beach.

Off Season: 

In general, when the schools are in session, it’s considered low season in Airlie Beach. Pick and choose your times carefully to get low-season rates. In December, January and February, the weather is hot and humid and cyclones are a possibility.

 

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Getting around Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Transit offers a shuttle service from the airport. There are also taxis and rental cars available as long as you have booked in advance.

 

 

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What is good to know if travelling to Airlie Beach?

  • Conway National Park overlooks the Whitsunday Passage. It’s home to Proserpine rock-wallabies, Australian brush-turkeys and orange- footed scrubfowl. There are some gorgeous views at the Mount Rooper lookout of Hamilton, Dent, Long and Henning islands. 
  • Not far from Airlie Beach is Barefoot Bushman’s Wildlife Park, which is a great place to spend a day to explore.

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