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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Queensland Yacht Charters member of Dream Yacht Charter

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$565 - 2515
Established in 1980, Queensland Yacht Charters member of Dream Yacht Charter has been providing unparalleled bareboat yacht charters in the Whitsundays for over 30 years with a fleet of over 30 vessels operating out of Coral Sea Marina|Resort.

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

Cannonvale, 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.

Portland Roads - Sailing the Whitsundays

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$620.00 - 1175.00
Boat Envy is alive and well in the Ngaro Waters of the Whitsundays; And no wonder! Portland Roads - Sailing the Whitsundays is the regions unchallenged premium bare-boat charter offering. Sailing in the Whitsundays' is only half the story.

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!

Whitsundays 2 Everywhere

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$15 - 36
Whitsundays 2 Everywhere is a family operated dedicated airport transfer company offering affordable, friendly and personalised airport transfer services to/ from the Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP Airport) and the resort/hotels/ Air BNBS or private addresses in the Whitsundays Region.

Whitsunday Escape

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$400 - 2200
Whitsunday Escape has been specialising in Skipper Yourself ‘Bareboat’ Charters for over 30 years, continually delivering outstanding holiday experiences. Whitsunday Escape proudly achieved silver recognition at the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards for Unique Accommodation!

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$550 - 2000
Celebrate life with Charter Yachts Australia by choosing a skipper yourself bareboat charter vessel. Start your journey from Coral Sea Marina, Airlie Beach or Hamilton Island in The Whitsundays. Do you have basic boat handling experience or a willingness to learn?

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.

Whitsunday Island Camping Connections - SCAMPER water taxi

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
From AU$65 - 160
Camping - the affordable way to experience the majestic Whitsundays. Whitsunday Island Camping Connections operate "SCAMPER" a purpose built vessel (barge) to run onto the beach and drop the door down, they offer independent travellers transfers from Shute Harbour Whitsunday Islands Queensland to beautiful Whitehaven Beach camp site, South Molle Island for great hikes, Hook Island and to many other National Park campsites throughout the beautiful Whitsunday Islands .
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