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 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.

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 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.

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.

Accom Whitsunday

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Offering a diverse range of holiday rentals across Airlie Beach and its nearby rural and coastal townships, as well as on Hamilton Island, Accom Whitsunday prides itself on providing incomparable personalised service and exceptional accommodation that features all the comforts you’d find in your own home.

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.

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$550 - 1850
Charter Yachts Australia offer a modern fleet of skipper yourself bareboat charter vessels from Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach with delivery options also available from Hamilton Island. Explore the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef from the comfort of your own boat.

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.

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.
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