The Airlie Beach Foreshore is an important feature of the Whitsunday region for tourists and locals alike. It is valued for its beautiful bay and island views, relaxing lagoon and regular markets, festivals and events.

The $6.3 million revitalisation of the Airlie Beach Foreshore was completed after the site was damaged during Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in 2017.

Improvements included a new market site, carpark and performance stage, upgraded amenities block, and a ‘beach step’ stadium near the Esplanade.

Other key features of the project include a new three-metre-wide footpath along the beachfront connecting Airlie Beach Lagoon to the Bicentennial Walkway and an adventure playground.

The detailed design was adopted by Council on 28 March 2018 and construction began in September 2018. The project was completed by the end of June 2019, on budget and in time for the school holidays.

Works were funded by the Commonwealth and QLD Governments under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements, and through the Palaszczuk Government’s Building our Regions Program.