Travel Guide for Guests
Travelling to the Whitsundays
The main airport in the Whitsundays is the Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is located on the mainland, just inland from Proserpine with flights from most capital cities in Australia to the Whitsundays. Click here to view flights to Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine), or you can ask your local travel agent to inform you of any upcoming flight deals to the Whitsundays.
It is a 30 minute drive from the Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach. Click here to see how you can travel around the Whitsundays.
We also have an airport located on Hamilton Island, so if you are staying on Hamilton Island, this will be an easier option for you. If you are staying on the mainland in Airlie Beach and you fly into Hamilton Island, you will have to catch a ferry back to the mainland. Click here to view flights to Hamilton Island. Or you can ask your local travel agent to inform you of any upcoming flight deals to Hamilton Island.
The Whitsundays are located in North QLD, Australia. Airlie Beach is located in the heart of the Whitsundays and it is located only 25km off the main North QLD highway. To get to Airlie Beach, you turn off the Bruce Highway at Proserpine and drive North East for 25 minutes.
If you are driving to Airlie Beach, it is located:
- 3 hours drive from Townsville (280kms)
- 12.5 hours drive from Brisbane (1100kms)
- 21 hours drive from Sydney (1900kms)
- 26 hours drive from Melbourne (2450kms)
- 27 hours drive from Adelaide (2500kms)
- 28 hours drive from Darwin (2700kms)
- 51 hours drive from Perth (4800kms)
If you are planning on taking a road trip up the QLD coast, then why not stop in at the Whitsundays on your way past? A popular way to explore the QLD coast is by flying into a city, hiring a campervan and driving up the coast. With a campervan, you can pull in at any destination you want to and pull up for the night.
Exploring the Whitsunday's natural beauty and local communities during your stay is highly recommended. This can be a challenge due to the region covering an area of 282.82 km2 (109.20 sq mi).
Whitsunday Vacations has compiled information on transport services and options to help you navigate the coastal towns and islands. Many local businesses and tour operators provide pick-up and drop-off services - be sure to ask when making a booking.
Our friendly team are happy to provide you with further options and recommendations upon request.
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