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Airlie Beach, Australia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Airlie Beach, Australia. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Airlie Beach?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Airlie Beach, they said:

"Airlie Beach is a popular tourist destination in Queensland, Australia, known for its access to the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. Before moving to Airlie Beach, expats should know that the cost of living can be higher than in other parts of Australia due to its popularity as a tourist destination. The climate is tropical, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The primary language spoken is English, but due to the high number of tourists, it's common to hear a variety of languages. The local economy is heavily reliant on tourism, so job opportunities may be largely within this industry. Healthcare facilities are available but for serious medical conditions, patients may need to be transferred to larger cities. Airlie Beach is a small town, so while it offers a relaxed lifestyle, it may not provide the same level of amenities or entertainment options as a larger city. Public transportation is limited, so having a car can be beneficial. The area is known for its natural beauty, so outdoor activities like swimming, snorkeling, and hiking are popular pastimes. While Airlie Beach is generally safe, it's important to be aware of the potential for natural disasters like cyclones and floods. It's also home to a variety of wildlife, including some potentially dangerous species like jellyfish and crocodiles, so it's important to be aware and take necessary precautions. Lastly, securing a visa to live in Australia can be a complex process, so it's recommended to start this process well in advance of your planned move," wrote a member in Airlie Beach.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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