The Whitsundays | Travel Information

Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to The Whitsundays and then get around the mainland and the island? Here are our travel tips!

Airports

  • Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine is the best airport to fly into if you’re holidaying at Airlie Beach.
  • Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island is the best option if you are predominately staying on Hamilton Island or are getting a transfer to Hayman.
  • You can also fly into Mackay Airport and take the 1hour 45minute road trip north to Airlie Beach on the Bruce Highway.

Road trip 

From the Bruce Highway look from the turn off to Airlie Beach just past Proserpine.

Train it

You can catch the Tilt train from Brisbane to Proserpine and from there catch a transfer into Airlie Beach.

Once you’re in The Whitsundays, you can choose your own way to get around! 

Car Hire

To fully appreciate the Whitsunday Coast, getting a hire car is the best option. With Airlie Beach is your base, there are a bunch of day road trips that you can plan to explore the surrounding mainland areas:

  • Airlie Beach to Cedar Creek Falls – 30 minute drive 
  • Airlie Beach to Cape Gloucester – 1 hour drive 
  • Airlie Beach to Proserpine – 30 minute drive 
  • Airlie Beach to Bowen – 1 hour drive 

Ferry me to the islands

From the Port of Airlie at Airlie Beach you can catch a island transfers to the following Whitsunday Islands:
From Shute Harbour:
  • Hamilton Island Marina
From the Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island:
  • Daydream Island
  • Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach
Explore all of the transport options available below.

Plan your holiday

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Sunsail Whitsundays

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
Sunsail has been at the forefront of sailing holidays for over 40 years and with bases in 26 amazing locations worldwide Sunsail is a world-knowned leisure travel brand. They pride themselves on their choice of destinations, quality of fleet and their team’s high standards of service and expertise.

Whitsunday Island Camping Connections Pty Ltd

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
From AU$65 - 160
Camping - the affordable way to experience the majestic Whitsundays. Whitsunday Island Camping Connections operate the barge "Scamper" which offers independent travellers transfers from Shute Harbour, Queensland to over one dozen National Park campsites throughout the beautiful Whitsunday islands including the famous Whitehaven Beach.

Whitsunday Coast Airport

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
The Whitsunday Coast Airport (WCA) is located at the heart of the Whitsunday region in Proserpine, Queensland. It is the practical choice to access all this spectacular region has to offer including Airlie Beach – a short 30 minute drive away.

Cumberland Charter Yachts

Multiple Locations
From AU$525 - 2500
Skipper yourself and guided bareboat yachts, catamarans and motor cruiser hire in the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef. With a passionate commitment to environmental best practices and professional standards.

The Palm House

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
The Palm House (multi purpose function venue) located onsite at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort couple together the most perfect of venues and accommodation in the one location. From wedding receptions, ceremonies, pre/post functions, to social functions, and corporate events.

Bowen Visitor Information Centre

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
The Bowen Visitor Information Centre is located on the Bruce Highway in South Bowen. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Whitsunday Transit

Multiple Locations
From AU$34 - 34
Whitsunday Transit is the mainland's major passenger transport service in the Whitsunday Region. Providing over 70 services per day in the Whitsunday area, the local bus timetable operates seven days a week.

GoBareboating

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
What is bareboating? Bareboating is Easy! A bareboat is a boat you can hire for charter in the Whitsunday Islands. You’re the skipper and your family and friends are the crew. You choose your destinations and anchorages every day!

Queensland Yacht Charters

Multiple Locations
From AU$515 - 2440
Queensland Yacht Charters is a multi-award winning company well established for over 25 years in the Whitsunday Charter Industry based in the pristine tropical Whitsunday Islands and as a member of Dream Yacht Charter, with bases in 41 destinations worldwide, you can be assured of a warm welcome and attention to detail with boats and staff that will make your holiday special.

Camperman Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$57 - 199
Camperman Australia is an East Coast based campervan hire company with a depot network including Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Camperman provides independent travellers the opportunity to explore Australia from any of their eight depot locations on the East coast.
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