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

Services
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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 over 41 vessels includes Power Cruisers, Power Catamarans, Sailing Catamarans and Sailing Yachts.

Queensland Yacht Charters Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Avis Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 150
Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

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.

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!

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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