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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Gypsy Car Rentals

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Experience everything the Whitsundays have to offer! You've already seen the islands by boat, now it's time to see the rest of this tropical paradise only available by car. Waterfalls, bushwalks, beaches, historical towns, and plenty of other scenic destinations are yours for the taking when you escape the tourist hotspots.

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.

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.

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 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!

Portland Roads - Sailing the Whitsundays

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$620.00 - 1175.00
When Making a Difference; Makes a Difference!  Portland Roads - Sailing the Whitsundays is a bespoke, local, bare-boat charter company specialising in fully immersive experiences through the Ngaro Islands and the Ngaro Waters of the Wonderful Whitsundays.

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.

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.

Awesome Van and Camper Hire - Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$29 - 190
Awesome Vans and Campers provide affordable rental Campervan hire in eight locations around Australia. They cater for the backpackers and budget travellers looking for a great way to travel around Australia.
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