The Whitsundays by Air
The Whitsundays is serviced by two domestic airports - the Whitsunday Coast Airport on the mainland at Proserpine (sometimes referred to as 'Proserpine Airport') and Hamilton Island Airport. Jetstar and Virgin service both daily. If arriving by air in Proserpine, there are transit buses to your destination at Airlie beach. If you are arriving at Hamilton Island, the ferry will bring you across to the mainland.
Flying into the Mainland (Whitsunday Coast/Proserpine Airport) our preferred pick-up services are Whitsunday Transit and ABTT. These services can be booked online at www.whitsundaytransit.com.au or by phone 07 4946 1800. Alternatively, there is a booking desk at the airport terminal or Airlie Beach Transport & Tours, visit www.abtt.com.au or phone 0400 032 234. Share taxis are available at the airport. These services meet all flights.
Flying in to Hamilton Island Airport, ferries are available to transfer you to the Mainland. Ferry times & bookings are available at www.cruisewhitsundays.com or by phoning 07 4946 4662. Remember to weigh up the cost of this transfer when choosing your destination airport
International access to the Whitsundays is available via connecting flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. Airlines servicing the region are Qantas/Jetstar and Virgin.
Sydney -2 hours 15 minutes
Brisbane -1 hour 30 minutes
Melbourne -2 hours 45 minutes
The Whitsundays by Rail
Queensland Rail: 'Sunlander' and 'Queenslander'. Services to Proserpine depart Brisbane and Cairns several times weekly. The Great South Pacific Express also services this area.
Discover Queensland's tropical beauty in comfort and style aboard the country's most innovative train, the Tilt Train. The new Tilt Train services Proserpine Station with two return services weekly between Brisbane and Cairns. The Tilt Train departs Brisbane Monday and Friday afternoons and Cairns Sunday and Wednesday mornings.
Daylight running of the Tilt Train allows passengers to enjoy the picturesque landscapes in a convenient and comfortable environment.
The Whitsundays by Coach
Greyhound or Premier are services between major cities and Airlie Beach. Both bus companies have several daily services that run northbound from Brisbane and southbound from Cairns. You will need to check with these bus lines for up-to-date schedules as they change regularly.
The Whitsundays by Car
If you choose to drive to the Whitsundays, the roads are in good condition with some beautiful scenery along the way. The Bruce Highway runs from Brisbane to Cairns. The turn-off to Airlie Beach is 1km north of Proserpine (150 km north of Mackay, 300 km south of Townsville) and is then a 20km trip into the beach town. Bush Village Budget Cabins are located 350 meters past the Whitsunday Shopping Centre and Hungry Jacks and is clearly sign posted on the right.
Australian East Coast driving times (approximate travel time)
Brisbane to Airlie Beach
1132 kilometres approx 13.5 hours driving time
Hervey Bay to Airlie Beach
886 kilometres approx 10.5 hours driving time
Rockhampton to Airlie Beach
489 kilometres approx 6 hours driving time
Mackay to Airlie Beach
153 kilometres approx 2 hours driving time
Cairns to Airlie Beach
737 kilometres approx 7.5 hours driving time
Townsville to Airlie Beach
290 kilometres approx 3 hours driving time
Bowen to Airlie Beach
92 kilometres approx 1 hour driving time
Proserpine to Airlie Beach
20 kilometres approx 20 minutes driving time