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Party in paradise with the Airlie Beach Festival of Music! Imagine the Main Stage under the Big Tent, steps from the Coral Sea, with iconic acts delivering unforgettable performances against a backdrop of stunning Whitsunday Islands. But the music doesn’t stop there! The festival energy electrifies the entire town, with cafes and restaurants hosting intimate gigs and rising stars. This is where iconic festival moments meet your dream tropical vacation. 

 

Festival Location

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a small coastal village offering tourist shops, restaurants, weekly markets and a lively nightlife. Renowned for its party lifestyle, the main street is lined with bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes and plenty of live music.

It is located on the east coast of Australia about half way between Brisbane and Cairns. With a perfect sub-tropical climate and an average temperature of 26ºC, people have been coming from all over the world to visit Airlie Beach and it is a favourite holiday destination for backpackers, sailors, anglers and anyone who likes sand, sea and palm trees.

Travelling to Airlie Beach

The Whitsundays is located along Queensland’s central coast in north-eastern Australia, approximately 1,120km north of Brisbane and 630km south of Cairns.

Great Barrier Reef Airport is located on Hamilton Island and is serviced by Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries from Hamilton Island to transfer passengers to Airlie Beach and other island resorts. Whitsunday Coast Airport is approximately 40 minutes from Airlie Beach. The airport is serviced by five domestic carriers: Bonza, Qantas, Skytrans, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Buses and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach or to ferries bound to the island resorts. Car hire is also available at the airport.

The Bruce Highway is the major road linking Queensland’s coastal cities and towns. The Bruce Highway runs through Proserpine and Bowen, with Airlie Beach located approximately 20 minutes drive off the Bruce Highway at Proserpine. Just follow the signs to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands along Shute Harbour Road. Major national coach operators such as Greyhound Australia and Premier, include The Whitsundays in their regular scheduled services into the coastal community of Airlie Beach from all major centres along the east coast of Australia.

Queensland Rail services include the Spirit of Queensland, linking Proserpine to all the major destinations from Cairns to Brisbane and beyond to Sydney and Melbourne. Taxis and Whitsunday Transit buses meet every arriving train to provide transfers from Proserpine to Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour and the island resorts. Coach transfers between Proserpine and Airlie Beach are included in rail travel passes.

Accommodation

Airlie Beach has many options when it comes to accommodation including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, backpacker motels and caravan parks.

Tickets

Tickets

Unlock the ultimate festival experience with our range of ticket options for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music. Choose from convenient day passes for a taste of the action, or immerse yourself fully with our 3 Day Passes, granting access to every venue on every day. Elevate your experience with VIP Tickets, indulging exclusive perks like priority entry, VIP lounges, and artist meet-and-greets. Whether you’re a casual music lover or a devoted fan, there’s a ticket option tailored to your desires.

Getting Around

Festival Transport

Festival ticket buyers with wristbands can hop on and off any Whitsunday Transit bus during the festival. There will also be an additional shuttle service that will run between the Sailing Club, Airlie Main Street venues and our accommodation partners.

Day Shuttles
Friday 11.30am to 7:00pm
Saturday 10.30am to 7.00pm
Sunday 9.30am to 7.00pm

Evening Shuttles
Friday 10.00pm to 1.00am
Saturday 10.00pm to 1.00am
Sunday 7.00pm to 11.00pm

Important Information

Food & Beverage

Satisfy your taste buds at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music with an array of food and beverage options available. Explore a culinary journey with our diverse lineup of food trucks offering everything from burgers to tacos. Quench your thirst at our various bars scattered throughout the festival grounds, serving up refreshing cocktails, craft beers, and fine wines to complement the musical experience. Whether you’re craving a quick bite between sets or seeking a leisurely dining experience under the stars, our festival offers it all. No food or drinks can be brought into the main tent area. We offer water stations to refill your water bottle.

Accessibility

Accessibility

Experience music without barriers at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, where inclusivity meets entertainment. With accessibility features provided in partnership with NDVR, we ensure everyone enjoys the rhythm. From wheelchair ramps to priority seating, every guest can savour the sounds and sights of this vibrant event. Join us in celebrating diversity and unity through music, where all are welcome to groove under the tropical skies of Airlie Beach. Come make unforgettable memories, knowing that accessibility is at the forefront of our festival experience.

On the ground

Volunteers & Ambassadors

Our festival owes its success to the incredible dedication of our volunteers and ambassadors, the heartbeat of our event. Tirelessly working day and night, they embody the spirit of community and passion, ensuring every moment of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is unforgettable. From guiding guests to managing logistics, their unwavering commitment is the foundation upon which our festival thrives. We extend our deepest gratitude to these unsung heroes for their invaluable contributions, making magic happen behind the scenes.

General Info

FAQ's

When you purchase a ticket you will receive an email with your booking details. Present this (on your phone is fine) to the ticket office to receive your festival wristband. The ticket office will be at The Whitsunday Sailing Club. From the main street just walk along the waterfront toward the big tent! The office will be open from Thursday 8th of November. Further details will be sent closer to the event.
A standard ticket covers FREE bus transfer service on Whitsunday Transit for everyone wearing a wristband. Free entry to all festival venues and the main tent. Free entry to the official after party at Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill.
A VIP ticket covers all of this PLUS access each evening to the VIP garden including your own bar with a 6 hour daily ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday) food and alcohol package, own toilets, tables and chairs backing onto the ocean. Mingle with the artists and sponsors all weekend!
Yes you can!
Yes you can! Just email us on tickets@airliebeachfestivalofmusic.com.au with your original ticket and your request. Don’t delay as there are limited number available.
Yes, one day tickets are available but won’t be released until the final program is announced.
No pets allowed sorry, Under 18’s are welcome in the main tent for Passport to Airlie Thursday night only and in most participating venues.
Some official venues partners have music that can start as early as 8am for the breakfast crowd. This will all be in the program that will be released on our website, socials and in a handy paper copy that you can collect when you collect your wristbands.
ABFOM does not have any designated parking areas. All parking is subject to the Whitsunday Regional Council by laws and fees. Your best bet is to leave your car at your accommodation and take advantage of our free transfer service with thanks to Whitsunday Transit.

Yes, providing capacity isn’t reached prior.

No need! There is lots of seating provided under the main tent shade.
Can a ticket holder have a companion card ticket? Buy a regular ticket online and we will issue another when presented with your companion card at the gate.

Further Information

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