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Travel Info- How to get to the Whitsundays?

Want to know how to get to the Whitsundays, were here to help. The Whitsunday Islands spread right along the Central Queensland Coast, but the main hub for travellers visiting the Whitsundays is Airlie Beach. From here you can board tours to The Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman and Long Island, or your own Sailing Adventure.

Getting to Airlie Beach is made easy by the great selection of transport companies servicing our area. You are sure to find a suitable way to get here from flights, trains, ferries, and shuttle buses, to coastal bus services, taxi or limousine.

How to get to the Whitsundays by plane?

Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) – If your holiday is based in Airlie Beach or any of the Whitsunday Islands you may wish to fly into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport and then use one of many transfer services to get to your accommodation or tour.

For the drive to Airlie Beach from the Airport, the best option is a shuttle service who will take you right to your destination. Shuttle services, local taxis and Limousines that service Proserpine airport all need to be pre-booked before your flight lands. For your convenience, we can arrange this for you right after you book your flight.


There are three carriers that fly regularly into proserpine

  • Virgin Australia
  • Tiger Australia
  • Jetstar
Hamilton Island

The island also has a domestic airport bringing visitors to the area. The Cruise Whitsundays ferry service transfers passengers to the mainland via Daydream Island to the Port of Airlie Marina (in Airlie Beach).


Has a larger domestic airport, however it is further away from your gateway to the Whitsundays – Airlie Beach (Mackay is 150km south).

Three carriers have regular flights into Mackay

  • Virgin Australia
  • Qantas Link
  • Jetstar

By Road to the Whitsundays

Hire Cars / Camper Vans

Several hire car companies are operating in the area and usually arrangements can be made to pick up and leave cars wherever is convenient for you. You could also hire a campervan from the Airlie Beach Wicked Campers depot.

Tourist Coaches – Bus to Airlie Beach

There are coastal bus services running the length of the Queensland coast that pass through Airlie Beach each day. These services run from Brisbane to Cairns and stop at most major towns and cities along the coastal route.

Two carriers drop off and pick up travellers to the Whitsundays

  • Premier
  • Greyhound Australia


By Rail to the Whitsundays

Queensland Rail Travel offer a fast and comfortable option for getting to and from Proserpine. They have 5 northbound and 5 southbound stops per week at Proserpine Train Station, then a connecting bus service will take you to Airlie Beach.


Contact us…

As you can see there are many options in getting to your holiday destination in the Whitsundays. Why not let us help guide you in choosing the best option for you? Just drop us a message or give us a call for all of your travel and tour bookings in the Whitsundays.


Transit bus Service

There is a regular bus route running in Airlie Beach extending through to Shute Harbour and Proserpine. Bus stops are conveniently dotted throughout the towns so getting anywhere on public transport is quite easy. Tickets for the transit service are paid for on the bus and some discounts can apply (refer to the route-map).

Zones and Route map – Monday to Friday – Weekends and Public Holidays

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