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Travel to the Whitsundays - Whitsundays Timetables & Visitor Info

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 and Hayman 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, ferries, and shuttle buses, to coastal bus services, taxi or limousine.


Flying into the Whitsundays

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 like Whitsundays2Everywhere who will take you right to your destination. This is a more friendly personalised airport transfer company with 5 star service using the latest model Commuter Buses while still priced at very reasonable rates.

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 book for you right after you arrange your flight.

Two carriers have regular flights into Proserpine

Virgin Blue - Jetstar


Hamilton Island - Also has a domestic airport bringing visitors to the area. Two ferry services then transfer passengers to the mainland via either Abel point Marina (in Airlie Beach) or Shute Harbour (12km from Airlie Beach), or to other Islands including Hayman Island, Daydream Island, and Long Island.

Cruise Whitsundays - Fantasea

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

If you choose to fly here the best way to get into Airlie Beach is a booking with a shuttle service like Whitsundays2Everywhere who schedule regular Mackay airport pickups based on flight arrivals.

Three carriers have regular flights into Mackay

Virgin Blue - Jetstar - Tiger


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 several times a day. These services run from Brisbane to Cairns and stop at most major towns and cities along the coastal route. To give you an idea of the times that the buses arrive in Airlie Beach please refer to the following timetables.

Coastal Bus Timetables


By Rail to the Whitsundays

Queensland’s Tilt Trains offer a very fast and comfortable option for getting to and from Proserpine. They have 2 northbound and 2 southbound stops per week at Proserpine Train Station, then a connecting bus service will take you to Airlie Beach.


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


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.