The beach area is popular with tourist many young ones for it's climate and the beach which is rather nice.
Last year when there I took lovely photos of the beach but can't find them - seems I've deleted them accidentally! Oh well, never mind.
The main shopping area of Airlie Beach is at Cannonvale a few klm before you get to Airlie Beach.
A few accommodation places, there are many more.
The main beach which is very nice with palm trees, places to sit and have a barbecue and so on..
Below is another little beach just around the corner from the first beach.