Located just 350 km from the Tropic of Capricorn, Airlie Beach is a tropical township and popular holiday destination surrounded by villages and resort towns. As the below map shows, Airlie Beach is also situated on a picturesque peninsula just off the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the stunning Whitsunday Islands.
Looking at the map you can see that Airlie Beach's northeast Queensland location puts it between Mackay and Townsville on the main strip of Shute Harbour. Access to Airlie Beach is via the Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine and the two main marinas in Shute Harbour and Abel Point Marina are the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding Whitsunday Islands.
The Conway Ranges are nearby and if you wish to explore Tropical North Queensland further, you'll enjoy a scenic drive along the Bruce Highway. Airlie Beach is positioned 1135km north of the capital, Brisbane and just 650km south of Cairns, also popular for short trips during your holiday. A close up of the map demonstrates travel to Airlie beach via the Bruce Highway's Proserpine exit however routes are well signposted.