Extend your stay and explore The Whitsundays

Airlie Beach has many options when it comes to accommodation including hotels, resorts, serviced apartments, backpacker motels and caravan parks. Look for good deals on the Airlie Beach Festival of Music website or our Facebook page. During the Airlie Beach Festival of Music many of the bars have live music during the day and you can just walk from your accommodation and between venues choosing your favourite bands.

Airlie Beach, Queensland

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.

Known as the ‘drinking town with a sailing problem’, 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.

Known as the “launching pad” to the Great Barrier Reef this is the place you can visit Heart Reef, Whitehaven beach, island resorts or one of the many uninhabited Whitsunday Island National Parks. The average age of the local residents is 37 years while most visitors are young or young at heart and come in search of the wide choice of water activities, sailing, snorkelling and diving around the Great Barrier Reef. The town is definitely “party central” for the Whitsundays.

Party Central of The Whitsundays

How To Get Here

Fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport in Proserpine (about 45 minute drive from Airlie Beach) or Hamilton Island airport and take a Cruise Whitsunday ferry to Port of Airlie on the mainland.

Jetstar and Virgin Airlines fly from Sydney with connections or fly direct from Brisbane. Alliance Airlines also offers direct flights from Brisbane. Alternatively, you can fly with Jetstar or Virgin from Melbourne to Mackay and transfer to Airlie Beach via bus transfer (1.5 hours). Hamilton Island airport is serviced by Qantas, Qantaslink and Virgin airlines.

You can drive from anywhere in Australia via the Bruce Highway, catch a train or bus or sail your boat into one of our two gorgeous marinas. Book ahead for accommodation or a marina berth at Port of Airlie or Coral Sea Marina.


Keep up to date on all things ABFOM

ABFOM Cancelled for 2020

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music team are saddened to announce that the 2020 festival has been cancelled due to the ongoing effects of Covid-19. Although the festival team have been looking into ways to produce a Covid safe event, with the rising cases of Coronavirus in Victoria there are now too many uncertainties for

Thank You For The Music

Gavin Butlin had tears streaming down his face when John Williamson sang his ‘True Blue’ hits at the Airlie Beach Festival of Music over the weekend.

Lashings of Talent

When Sheridan and Lauren Harvey set off from Melbourne to Airlie Beach, little did they know they were on their way to becoming national winners.

Making a ‘Treaty’ With Yothu Yindi

As one of the Whitsundays’ traditional owners, Esther Gabey is used to attending large events for the ‘Welcome to Country’.

Festival Fans Say ‘I Do’ On Stage

Not everyone gets to ask the love of their life to marry them in front of more than 2,500 people, but that’s what happened to Roy Illingworth on Saturday afternoon.

Join The Festival Jam

A parade of musicians will take the music up the street from KC’s Bar and Grill, all the way to the Airlie Beach lagoon.



1 Day Access to Main Tent

Free Access to All Other Venues

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3 Day Access to Main Tent

Priority Access to all other Venues

Passport to Airlie Schedule



3 Day Access to VIP Section in Main Tent

Priority Access to all other Venues

Passport to Airlie Schedule

Poured Spirits, Beer, Wine and Cider

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