I love living in Airlie Beach
Surrounded by spectacular blue waters and green islands… it truly is a paradise.
I arrived in this paradise called Airlie 21 years ago with one bag and no accommodation, in need of employment. I was fortunate to get a job on one of the islands, the only criteria being that I ‘get a haircut’ which was a little startling at the time. The rest is history. Now, my children are growing up here and my family is enjoying Airlie Beach and all its wonderful offerings. To see my son riding around the cane on his dirt bike, and my wife and daughter riding horses in the sunshine is my constant reminder of the incomparable lifestyle we enjoy.
To be able to spend our weekends exploring such remarkable environments as the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, the tropical Islands and the impressive onway National Park is a true gift. The diverse attractions offered in Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are a valuable asset and one which make it a great place for both locals and visitors. In a less than 30 minute drive you can be wake boarding or fishing in the Proserpine Dam, or venture just a little further and laze on the stunning beaches of Bowen or indulge in the tastes of agricultural tourism at its finest. Some of the best produce in the country – fruit, vegetables and seafood – is cultivated, just up the road!
For me, that’s what the Whitsundays is all about. But this region, this town, this location is more than just a place on a map. It is a place of the people, who embody the very essence of their town, their home. Friendly, engaging and they would do anything for you.
In my role at Tourism Whitsundays, one of the comments I hear most often from people who have experienced our local hospitality for the first time is ‘Everyone is just so friendly.’ It is a great testament to our community, one in which people care for what we do, are proud to call our little town home and to share it with visitors.
This book is a fitting tribute to the people of Airlie Beach and Tolita and Craig have captured their spirit superbly. I look forward to welcoming you to Where We Live, Airlie Beach.
CEO, Tourism Whitsundays