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.

Heart of Reef Shuttles provide shared or private airport transfers to and from guest accommodation in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Mandalay, & Shute Harbour.

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.

Visual estimation of flight time to Airlie Beach from within  Australia

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.

Visual estimation of driving hours to Airlie Beach, Whitsundays

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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Map of Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef

Getting To Your Accommodation

Travel to your accommodation in comfort and luxury with one of our recommended partners.

Heart of Reef Shuttles

Heart of Reef Shuttles have years of experience and excellent knowledge of the Whitsundays, with great customer service and a safe, fun and, friendly atmosphere.


Pet Services During Your Stay

Treat your pet to their own vacation during your holiday in the Whitsundays

Paws & Tails Whitsundays

Paws & Tails Whitsundays provides pet services for your pet while you holiday in or away from The Whitsundays.

Located 5 minutes from Airlie Beach, Paws & Tails Whitsundays offer pet sitting at their family home, dog walking and pet care/visits at your accommodation or home.
Contact Paws & Tails Whitsundays directly for more information, costs and availability. We look forward to meeting you and your pet 🧡


Things to See and Do Around the Whitsundays


There is never a dull moment in the Whitsundays, with abundant activities to keep you entertained. From day cruises and reef trips, jet ski tours and boat charters to scenic flights and skydiving, and more.

Tours boats anchored at Whitehaven Beach
Seafood platter

Restaurants & Bars

Exploring the islands isn't the only thing to do in the Whitsundays. Treat yourself to local produce and freshly caught seafood featured on many local restaurant menus. Enjoy a cold beverage while admiring views that only the Whitsundays can offer!

Night Out

What's On

Whitsundays hosts annual events, including family-friendly festivals, music festivals, sporting events and food safaris. Upcoming events include the widely acclaimed White on Whitehaven Long Lunch, Airlie Beach Race Week and Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

Sunset at Hamilton Island marina
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