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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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.

The Wedding Planners Whitsundays

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
After the initial rush of looking into wedding venues and suppliers subsides, all of a sudden you’re in a sea of wedding packages, venue options and price points. Bottom line, weddings are a hard work!

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.

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$525 - 2500
Luxury Yachts Whitsundays provide a spectacular selection of vessels with elegant and stylish features. Offering skipper yourself bareboats or crewed charter vessels, they can tailor the charter be it a day out on the water or a week-long adventure.

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.

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.

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!

Brooke Miles Photography

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Award Winning Photography Business in the Whitsundays. The team at Brooke Miles Photography have a natural flair for capturing clean, professional and well, awesome images! When capturing your wedding they ensure all the right moments are snapped at just the right time!

Whitsunday Airport

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
Whitsunday Airport is located at Flametree on the Whitsunday Coast, halfway between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. The hub of most sightseeing and adventure services, the airport is also a private commercial airfield and residential estate.

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.
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