The Whitsundays transport and 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!

Whitsunday Airports

Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine is the best airport to fly into if you’re holidaying at Airlie Beach. The Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island is the best option if you are predominately staying on Hamilton Island.

You can also fly into Mackay Airport and take the 1hour 45minute road trip north to Airlie Beach on the Bruce Highway.

How to get to the Whitsundays

Road trip

Drive south from Cairns to north from Proserpine along the Pacific Coast Way on the Bruce Highway to find Airlie Beach.

Train it

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

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:

How to get to the Whitsunday Islands

From the Port of Airlie or Shute Harbour at Airlie Beach you can catch island transfers to Hamilton Island, visit the Whitsundays Island and the iconic Whitehaven Beach or cruise around the Whitsundays.

You can also hire a bareboat and captain your own crew. This gives you ultimate freedom to charter your own course around the islands and explore hidden cays and islets. Tell me more about sailing.

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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.

Camperman Australia Cairns

Multiple Locations
From AU$690 - 1500
Diverse landscapes, unique wildlife, pristine white-sand beaches. Australia is travel heaven and the best way to take it all in is by Campervan. At Camperman Australia – a family owned business – we have over 20 years’ of Campervan hire (Campervan rental) experience to ensure your journey is not only hassle-free, but one of the highlights of your life.

Queensland Yacht Charters Hamilton Island

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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.

Whitsundays 2 Everywhere

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$22 - 36
Whitsundays 2 Everywhere is a dedicated airport transfer company offering friendly personalised airport transfer services to the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine Airport), Mackay Airport, marinas and other locations on request.

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.

Whitsunday Rent A Yacht

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
From AU$500 - 1880
The Whitsunday Islands are one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Whitsunday Rent A Yacht has provided skipper-yourself bareboat charters in the Whitsundays for over 30 years. They have a fleet of fully equipped yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers available for charter to explore the 74 Whitsunday Islands.

Island Transfers

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
Experience the hidden gems of the Whitsundays. Island Transfers are a specialised Whitsunday Islands water taxi service, offering daily trips to boutiques locations such as Palm Bay and Long Island. Escape the crowds and take the day at your own pace at Palm Bay resort or explore the National Park on Long Island, beaches, reef and forest.

Great Barrier Reef Airport - Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
Your gateway to Hamilton Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and Whitsundays Islands. Hamilton Island Airport is the main air hub for the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. The modern airport handles direct flights daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns, operated by Jetstar, Virgin Australia and QantasLink.

Lure, Abell Point Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Lure sets a stunning new standard of excellence for weddings, conferences and events in the Whitsundays. Earthy and contemporary, Lure is located in the heart of Abell Point Marina and incorporates a natural nautical theme that is in keeping with its surroundings.

Europcar Car Hire Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$30 - 200
Europcar's Queensland stations provide flexible car hire options for a business trip or driving holiday. Europcar has a nationwide network of over 125 locations with 34 easily accessible car hire locations throughout Queensland, all offering competitive rates in top holiday destinations.
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