Swimming at Airlie Beach is generally safe, but there are some precautions to take. The beach has a man-made lagoon that provides a safe and enjoyable swimming area, especially for families. This lagoon is patrolled by lifeguards and is not affected by marine stingers or crocodiles.
However, if you choose to swim in the ocean at Airlie Beach, be aware that marine stingers such as jellyfish can be present, particularly during stinger season (October to May). Some areas may have stinger nets or vinegar stations to treat stings. It is recommended to wear a stinger suit for protection during this time. Additionally, crocodiles can occasionally be found in the area, so always be cautious and follow local advice.