I think I saw a sign that said 'Welcome to Airlie Beach'...I would dispute this statement.
I visit Airlie Beach annually, I visit many friends, spend money in the town, go on a cruise and generally enjoy the experience.
I'm afraid this didn't happen this time. I travel in my campervan and stay with friends in my van on their lawn. On the July 28, 2014 I met my friends at a local bar/bistro and we had a fine old evening, lots of fun and I didn't drive my van for obvious reasons, blood alcohol greater than .05. So I did the right thing and stayed at my friends house and returned early in the morning to have my breakfast, enjoy the view and get on with my day. Not to be. There on my windscreen is an infringement notice for 'camping in a local Government area'. $227. A rather disgraceful method of revenue raising for WSC.
This story will travel far and wide with a message, 'Don't visit Airlie Beach'.
Other places do not treat tourists this way.
Timi Porteus TASMANIA