The nearby town of Bowen is known as the 'salad bowl of Queensland' for its fresh produce grown locally with many restaurants and catering services sourcing it to serve up on their seasonal menu's. Thanks to the burgeoning food scene there are a variety of restaurants, boutique cafe's, bars and steak houses offering up delicious cuisines to even the fusiest of taste buds. Fresh seafood is also a highlight on menu's with local fish, prawns, oysters and lobster to help satisfy seafood lovers hunger pains.
Taste your way around world with flavours from Vietnam, Brazil, India, Thailand and of course our very own back yard, while washing it down with a local craft or international beer from a beer cafe as you overlook the boats in the marina and the Coral Sea.
At Coral Sea Marina|Resort you will find restaurants, bars and a kiosk perfect for pre or post bareboat charter breakfast, luches or dinners.
Being the tourist town that it is, the Airlie Beach main street is lined either side with souviner shops, clothes boutiques, jewellry shops, day spas, tour booking agents, chemists and small supermarkets making it easy to find everything you need for that perfect present or reminder of your holiday.
Every Saturday and when a cruise ship is visiting, the Lions markets are held on the Airlie Beach foreshore between 7am - 1pm where you will find food stalls and local hand made bags, second hand books, paintings, craftwood, paintings, hand made soap and much more. Enjoy a coffee or pancakes beside the shore as you listen to local buskers entertain you with their musical melodies.