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.

Plan your holiday

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Whitsunday Transit

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$36 - 36
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.

Cumberland Charter Yachts

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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.

Heart of Reef Shuttles

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$22.00 - 36.00
Heart of Reef Shuttles is an express airport shuttle business which runs 365 days a year, transporting passengers to and from Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) . They only use vehicles with less than 13 seats, which means fewer stops so their passengers can get to there destinations faster and start to enjoy their holiday sooner.

Queensland Yacht Charters member of Dream Yacht Charter 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. As a member of Dream Yacht Charter, the number one Charter Company Worldwide with bases in 45 plus fabulous destinations, you can be assured of a warm welcome and attention to detail with boats and staff that will make your holiday special.

Whitsunday Holiday Rentals

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Whitsunday Holiday Rentals books and manages all of their holiday rental properties locally, meaning they can offer unrivalled personalised service and experiences to their valued guests including concierge services where they meet and greet every guest.

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.

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.

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.

Camperman Australia Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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.

Whitsunday Escape

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$400 - 2400
Charter a bareboat in the Whitsundays and skipper yourself, family and friends for a holiday of a lifetime in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef! Whitsunday Escape has been specialising in skipper yourself 'bareboat' charters for over 30 years and their modern fleet of 40 vessels includes power cruisers, power catamarans, sailing catamarans and sailing yachts.
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