One of the best places to visit in northern Australia is Airlie Beach. The city sits on the north-eastern coastline and opens up onto the Whitsunday Islands, which is home to the world famous Hill Inlet.
The city is a small one, but is well known for tourism both in the city and on the outskirts.
It is pretty easy to commute. However, if you want the added convenience of travelling on your own time and getting to destinations that’s located outside of the city, then you will need to hire a vehicle.
Thankfully, you can hire a vehicle either in the city or from the airport (which is Proserpine or Mackay).
Should you fly directly to the Whitsunday Islands (Hamilton Island), you should also have the option to hire a car/vehicle for the duration of your stay.
Should you hire a car if you are staying in Airlie Beach?
It depends on a few things. If you have more than 3 people in your group and you plan to commute using a vehicle, it will be much more cost-effective to hire a car or even a van.
If you plan to commute only into the centre of Airlie Beach, but you don’t plan to commute often or your plan to get around by walk or even public transport 1-2 times a day, then you should only consider hiring a car out of the times when it makes sense for it to be convenient. For example, if you want to hire a vehicle to do a day trip. Rather than book a vehicle for the entire duration of your stay.
Something else you should consider is the location of your accommodation and the ease to get to and from the destinations that you want to travel to, such as the centre of town.
There are some steep hills that make it a tough walking commute. You will want to find out if there is a shuttle or taxi service available and how that fits in with your plans.
Also, the shops are out in Cannonvale, which is either 2-5km to the supermarket if you plan to do some grocery shopping.
If this is a concern, then hiring a car would be an ideal solution.
How much is it to hire a car in Airlie beach?
You should be able to hire a car from $55 a day. However, the prices are subject to the vehicle type, availability, demand, age, and other factors.
Is one-way car hire available from Airlie Beach?
Yes it is. However, if the vehicles for hire are at the discretion of the hiring company.
Airlie Beach is a popular tourist destination and it is common for people to travel between Airlie Beach and Townsville, Airlie Beach and Cairns, and Airlie Beach and Brisbane.
Should the car hiring company have depots located in cities along the Eastern route, there is a good chance you will be able to take advantage of one-way car hire.
Will I incur a one-way fee if I rent a car one-way to or from Airlie Beach?
Yes. But the fee will be disclosed to you by the vehicle hiring company. The cost of the one-way fee will depend on the drop-off destination of the vehicle.