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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whitsunday Island Camping Connections Pty Ltd

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
From AU$65 - 160
Camping - the affordable way to experience the majestic Whitsundays. Whitsunday Island Camping Connections operate the barge "Scamper" which offers independent travellers transfers from Shute Harbour, Queensland to over one dozen National Park campsites throughout the beautiful Whitsunday islands including the famous Whitehaven Beach.

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.

Portland Roads

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$620.00 - 1175.00
Boat Envy is alive and well in the Whitsundays and no wonder! Portland Roads is the Whitsundays' unchallenged premium bare-boat charter offering. Sailing in the Whitsundays' is only half the story. You'll be sailing through a world heritage listed area, sailing one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

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.

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.
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