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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Bowen Visitor Information Centre

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
The Bowen Visitor Information Centre is located on the Bruce Highway in South Bowen. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

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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