Best Clubs for Backpackers in Airlie Beach

Updated Wed 27 Apr 2022

Welcome to Airlie Beach, home to world-renowned Whitsundays adventures and one of the best backpacker nightlife scenes on Australia’s sensational East Coast!

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A bustling and vibrant backpacker haven, pubs and nightclubs line the main street of Airlie Beach, offering cold beer at cheap prices and raving dancefloors from dusk to dawn! Whether you’re searching for a laid-back happy hour or a night out on the town, you’re guaranteed good times with friends new and old in Airlie Beach!

What are you waiting for! Whether you’ve just touched down in Airlie Beach or searching for a boogie after sailing the seas, there’s no better place to let your hair down and enjoy the tropical vibes! Time to show off that Whitsundays tan and let the locals fill you in on the Best Clubs for Backpackers in Airlie Beach!


1. Mama Africa’s

Get ready to have a red carpet entrance like a celebrity, and make your way up the mural staircase into the buzzing, lively atmosphere of the best nightclub in Airlie Beach, Mama Africa’s!

Blasting an ever-popular mash-up of pop hits and RNB classics until the early hours of the morning from Thursday to Sunday, Mama Africa’s is undeniably a local's and backpacker's favourite spot to hit the dancefloor and let loose with Whitsundays friends! If you’re looking for a midnight breather, be sure to head outside to the chill-out area to get chatting with friends new and old!

Mama Africa's dance floor, Airlie Beach

From Jungle Party Saturdays, the best Sunday Sesh in town, and a Thursday night vibe boasting free pizza and entry*, a trip to Airlie Beach on your East Coast itinerary is incomplete without a midnight boogie at Mama Africa’s!

Mama Africa Bar and Nightclub is located in the lagoon arcade on the Airlie Beach main street.


2. Magnums

If you’re searching for a freezing cold schooner after a day of Whitsundays adventure or a mid-week rave with your newfound mates, Magnums, or ‘Maggie's’ as we locals call it, is the best place to be in Airlie Beach!

Known for cheap drinks, giant games of Jenga, local live music, pool tables aplenty and big outdoor picnic benches, Magnums is the ideal place to meet new people and gather friends from new and far! Simply take a seat situated along the Airlie Beach main street, and let a night of fun begin - you’re never alone, or bored, at Maggie's!

Group of people at Magnums, Airlie Beach Best Clubs for Backpackers

Magnums is located in the centre of Airlie Beach’s main street and is open 7 days a week.


3. Beaches

An all-rounder, quintessential Airlie Beach classic - Beaches! Whether you’re up for a casual beer, game of pool, pub feed or a late-night happy hour and dance to 2000’s bangers, Beaches has it! With live music every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you’ll be sure to add this venue to your Airlie Beach must-visit list!

A beloved Airlie Beach favourite, Beaches is a locals and backpackers hit! With a lively bar and bistro, you’re guaranteed a cheap meal and unmissable happy hours at Beaches, ideal for the backpacker budget! Ladies we recommend hitting Beaches best night of the week - Ladies Night Out!*

Beaches Bar and Grill dance floor, Airlie Beach

Beaches Bar & Grill is centrally located in the Airlie Beach main street and is open 7 days a week.


4. Boatys

Okay, so we’ve let you in on the best late-night deals and vibes! Now, what about the perfect place to spend a sunny Whitsundays afternoon and treat yourself to a cocktail?

Complete with a large and spacious outdoor deck setting laden with bright blue umbrellas, Boatys is the picture-perfect space to gather your friends for the afternoon! We recommend checking out their Taco Tuesday specials and Sunday live music sessions! Or if you’re feeling up for a cheeky performance, belt out some karaoke on a Saturday night from 7:30 pm!*

Boatys outdoor area, Airlie Beach

The Boat House is located in the centre of Airlie Beach, only 50 metres from the Airlie Beach Lagoon.


5. Boom Nightclub

Renowned throughout Airlie Beach for their cheeky Thursday hospo nights, fantastic dancefloor vibes, and loud DJs pumping the best of techno and house 5 nights a week, Boom Nightclub is the place to visit on your wild night out on the town!

From the moment you walk into the bright strobing lights of Boom Nightclub you know that you’re in for a good time! Let the early hours slip away with cheap drinks, blasting tunes, and high-energy dancing with your Airlie Beach crew! 

If you’re in search of some mid-week fun or a venue to continue the party, Boom Nightclub is where it is at!

Boom Nightclub dance floor, Airlie Beach

Boom Nightclub is located above Paddy Shenanigans on Airlie Beach's main street.

Without a doubt, the best place to meet fellow East Coast backpackers and have a ball of Whitsunday fun is on the water! Check out our best overnight sailing tours for backpackers here

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