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Eleanor Knight3 years ago

Spend the day shopping, eating & relaxing in Airlie Beach

Fact: We all love a bit of shopping. Whether you're an impulse buyer who likes anything impractical or a careful spender who only buys necessities, Airlie Beach market is the ideal location to take a browse this Saturday morning. Swing by this bohemian beachfront setting to get lost in all things luscious, including gorgeous jewellery, delicious food and unique, hand-made goods. Because we care, we've found you the perfect cafe for that wake-me-up coffee, the ultimate place for a lazy lunch and the perfect afternoon to evening location where you can chill and relax. So let's get straight to it and start off your daily itinerary for the Airlie Beach markets.

Good morning shoppers! Before you head to the markets, grab your morning pick-me-up and bite of breakfast at this charming little cafe. 

The Beaver Bar & Cafe

Dive into breakfast, Beaver Bar & Cafe - Airlie Beach
Dive into breakfast, Beaver Bar & Cafe – Airlie Beach

Everybody knows that shopping on an empty stomach is a big no-no, so don’t risk it today. Home to good coffee, the Beaver Bar and Cafe, located in Whitsunday Airport, is the ultimate morning place for anyone heading to the Airlie Beach markets. This friendly and intimate little joint offers barista coffee as strong as you like it, as well as naughty and indulgent treats which will melt in your mouth. Order a delicious Brekky Wrap which is packed full of spinach, tomato, bacon and scrambled egg with a sauce of your choice for the ultimate morning feed. Choose this tasty concoction to go along side your flat white and you’ll be ready and raring to go.
Where: 12 Air Whitsunday Road, Flametree, QLD, 4802

Breakfast time is over, so pick yourself up from the table and head down to Airlie Beach foreshore, to browse over the endless market stools which flock to this location every saturday morning. 

Airlie Beach Markets

Soy wax candles, Airlie Beach markets - Airlie Beach
Soy wax candles, Airlie Beach markets – Airlie Beach

Once you’ve fuelled up, head down to the foreshore and get your shop on. Starting at the early bird time of 7am and closing around 1pm, there is plenty of time to slowly stroll past each and every stool, window-shopping until your hearts content. With a number of fantastic stands which sell everything from hand-made soy wax candles to intricate pieces of art, you’ll be sure to fall in love one hundred times over. Held weekly by the Lions Club, the Airlie Beach Market is the perfect spot for a morning cruise with the family or a relaxing stroll and catch-up with your best friend. Remember to get cash out before visiting the market as most stools don’t take card.
Where: Airlie Beach Foreshore, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802

Do your legs feel like they’re about to give way? If you’ve done at least three laps of the markets it’s probably time for a well-deserved rest, so grab your swimmers and visit this spot for the perfect relaxing afternoon. 

Anchor Bar

Epic views and first-class location, The Anchor Bar - Airlie Beach
Epic views and first-class location, The Anchor Bar – Airlie Beach

Question: What beats a poolside bar? Answer: Nothing. Head down to the Anchor Bar on Golden Orchid Drive for a saturday afternoon to die for. This superb location is the ideal spot to put your tired legs up while feeding your empty stomach. If you’re starting to get the rumbles on, then wait no longer and dive into their newly-created menu which features old classics such as burger and chips as well as more sophisticated and social options like share plates and seafood platters. Open from 12pm to 12am, order one of your favourite drinks from the bar and chill-ax by the pool all day long. If this doesn’t sounds perfect then what does?
Where: 5 Golden Orchid Drive, Airlie Beach, QLD, 4802

Visiting Airlie Beach on holiday and fancy a spot of fishing? Read our catch it & eat it article for the ultimate guide to fishing trips and seafood restaurants within the area.

Where is your favourite coffee stop before the Airlie Beach Markets? Let us know below! 

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