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!


  • 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.

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Whitsunday Rent A Yacht

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
From AU$500 - 1880
The Whitsunday Islands are one of the best sailing destinations in the world. Whitsunday Rent A Yacht has provided skipper-yourself bareboat charters in the Whitsundays for over 30 years. They have a fleet of fully equipped yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers available for charter to explore the 74 Whitsunday Islands.

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.

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.

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.

Charter Yachts Australia

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$520 - 1850
Discover true freedom when you skipper your own Charter Yachts Australia boat around the 74 Whitsunday Islands. No licence is required to charter, just some basic boat handling experience or a willingness to learn.

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 Coast Airport

Proserpine, Whitsunday Area
The Whitsunday Coast Airport (WCA) is located at the heart of the Whitsunday region in Proserpine, Queensland. It is the practical choice to access all this spectacular region has to offer including Airlie Beach – a short 30 minute drive away.

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.

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.

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.
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