Getting Around The Whitsundays


Below is a list of ways to make it easy for you to travel around and explore the Whitsundays.


If you are staying in Airlie Beach, you can just about walk everywhere. The main street of Airlie Beach is only around 700m long, which is where most shops, bars and restaurants are located. Below are two maps of the Airlie Beach Main Street which shows everywhere that you can walk to.

Airlie Beach Main Street Facing Towards Mandalay.

If you are staying in Cannonvale, you can walk to Airlie Beach via the Boardwalk, which is a wooden walkway that follows the coastline from Cannonvale Beach to Airlie Beach. The first stretch of this Boardwalk between Cannonvale Beach and Peninsula Apartments is only 1.25km long and the picturesque views over the ocean are breathtaking, especially when the sun is setting.

The Boardwalk that runs from Cannonvale Beach to Peninsula Apartments. Photo: RV Trips.

From the Peninsula Apartments, you can continue your walk along a concrete path past Shingley Beach to the Coral Sea Marina which is only 1km away. Then the wooden Boardwark starts up again at the end of the marina near Sorrento Resturant & Bar and continues along the coastline for another 250m through to Coral Sea Resort. Once you reach this resort, it is only another 500m walk down Broadwater Avenue past the Airlie Beach Lagoon, until you reach the Main Street of Airlie Beach. Below is a map of the Airlie Beach Boardwalk which is around 3km in total. The Boardwalk is an easy flat walk which is popular for locals, especially on a Saturday morning when the Airlie Beach Parkrun is on.

Hire A Bike

If you don’t like walking or you are looking for a quick and cheap way to travel around Airlie Beach, why not hire a pushbike! Click here for more information on hiring a bike.

Hire A Car Or Scooter

The easiest way to be able to explore the Whitsundays is by hiring your own car or scooter. That way you can travel anywhere, like to the beaches or cinema in Bowen, the waterfront drive at Hideaway Bay or to the Coral Beach bushwalk at Shute Harbour. If you hire your own car or scooter, your options are endless. Click here for more information on hiring a car or scooter.

Catch A Taxi

There are two taxi ranks in the Airlie Beach Main Street. Or if you see one driving by, you can usually flag it down. Otherwise you can call up and book a taxi to pick you up from your accommodation and drop you to wherever you need to go. Click here for more information on catching a taxi.

Jump In A Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuks are a fun and easy way to travel around Airlie Beach. A Tuk Tuk is a small carriage towed by a pushbike, so someone pedals you around! Click here for more information on how to hire a Tuk Tuk, or if you see one riding by feel free to flag them down!

Catch A Bus

The Whitsundays have buses running throughout each day which can pick you up and drop you off to Proserpine, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour and everywhere in between. Click here for more information on catching a bus.

Travelling To The Whitsunday Island Resorts

If you are wanting to travel to one of our island resorts at Daydream Island or Hamilton Island, you will need to catch a ferry. Cruise Whitsundays provide island transfers throughout each day which pick you up from the Port Of Airlie Marina. Click here for more information on ferry times and prices.

Exploring The Whitsunday Islands

Scamper is a locally owned and operated boat which can pick you up with your hiking or camping gear and drop you to one of our local islands for you to explore. You have the option of visiting the island for the day, or some of our islands offer camping grounds where you can stay the night. Click here for more information on exploring our Whitsunday islands.

Hire A Yacht

The best way to see exactly what the Whitsundays has to offer is to hire your own yacht or catamaran and sail or motor around the islands. No licence is required and it is an easy and fun way to explore the Whitsundays. Click here for more information on hiring a yacht.

Travelling To Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is one of the most popular destinations to visit in the Whitsundays and once you go there, you will see exactly why that is. It’s pristine silica sands and turquoise waters will take your breath away, there is no place like it on earth. If you have your own boat, you can travel to Whitehaven Beach with your friends and family. Or if you hire a boat as discussed above, you can also pull up anywhere you want along Whitehaven Beach. However, if you don’t have your own boat and you aren’t looking at hiring one, you can easily jump on a tour boat and cruise out to Whitehaven Beach for the day. Click here for more information on booking a tour to Whitehaven Beach.

Travelling To The Great Barrier Reef

Airlie Beach is the heart of The Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is located 80km offshore from Airlie Beach, so travelling to the reef will take up most of your day. Cruise Whitsundays offer day trips to the reef, along with lunch and snorkelling equipment, so you will get to see some our Whitsunday tropical fish. Click here for more information on exploring The Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrie Reef located in the Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia

Why Our Guests Keep Coming Back

Day Dreaming at Mazlin House
Awesome place to stay at in Airlie beach. Everyone loved the place and how close it was to everything in town! Will be back!
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Marina Views @ The Boathouse
Great location, short stroll to retail area. Clean, modern with lovely facilities overlooking the marina and very close to the port for cruising escapes
June 21, 2022
14 The Cove - Waterfront Whitsunday Home
Beautiful and spacious house with stunting views in a fantastic spot on airlie beach. Location provided convenient access to tours and trip to reef and easy walk to many good restaurants and Cafés. Communication with hosts was very efficient and they were very accomodating with our requests. Can't wait to come back!
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10 The Cove | Airlie Beach Waterfront Accommodation
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June 18, 2022
Shutehaven Beach House
Lovely house and very homely and comfortable for a family to stay in. My only annoyance was having to chase up the host for check in instructions right up until a couple hours before check in which becomes a bit concerning when in transit.
June 17, 2022
Marina Views @ The Boathouse
We had a great time at Boathouse 103. Location was perfect, accommodation was excellent. The communication with Ali and the team was awesome Appreciated the tips on arrival. Would recommend to family and friends
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15 Kara - Luxurious Home With Million Dollar Views
Great house. Stiff walk up the hill but a nice view. Fantastic having 4 showers, rules are fairly strict around noise but that was fine - the comms with the host was really seamless and positive.
June 16, 2022
Relax & Daydream @ 2 Elementa
What a wonderful holiday! having seen the photos of Elementa 2 we certainly were not disappointed upon arrival. The views from the property were spectacular and the residence itself is beautiful, tastefully decorated, spacious, with very comfortable bedding and very clean throughout. While Elementa is located on the hill the walk into town is easy and we had no problem catching cabs when returning home and the fares were not expensive. The staff at Whitsunday Vacations were a pleasure to liaise with and I would definitely recommend Elementa 2 to anyone wanting to stay in Airlie Beach.
June 16, 2022
Executive Whitsunday Penthouse @ 40 Reflections
Awesome accommodation. Incredible views. Very clean, spacious & well equipped & the hosts are really responsive.
June 14, 2022
Marina living with Whitsundays lifestyle @ the Boathouse
Perfect location, great view!
June 13, 2022
10 The Cove | Airlie Beach Waterfront Accommodation
Beautiful house, great aspect for winter sun on deck. super comfortable beds. Fantastic views. Great for group of friends or family.
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Amazing Whitsundays Penthouse lifestyle at Reflections
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Marina Views @ The Boathouse
Great place, spacious, Perfect location & gorgeous pool/spa area.
June 11, 2022
Marina living with Whitsundays lifestyle @ the Boathouse
We were really happy with our stay at the Boathouse Apartments. The location was perfect - literally 150m from the Hamilton Island ferry drop off point. There are great cafes and restaurants on the ground level of the building, and it's less than a 5 minute walk into the heart of Airlie Beach town. The communication from the hosts was excellent throughout the entire stay, as well as before checking in and after checking out. Two small things worth flagging (which are no fault of the hosts/rental company): 1.) One of the bedrooms is on the back/street side of the apartment and it gets very loud from an early hour due to the traffic on the main road. Would suggest bringing some ear plugs. 2.) There are essentially three doors to get into the unit. The door downstairs that everyone in the building shares wasn't locking for the first 3 out of the 4 days we were there. The second door doesn't lock at all, which means people could get directly to the unit's front door if they wanted. Normally this wouldn't bother us as we locked the door each time we left the unit, but there are typical Queensland style windows next to the door which don't lock and can be opened from the outside. If someone wanted to they could flip the windows up, stick their hand inside and open the door from the inside. We didn't witness any suspicious activity whatsoever the entire time we were there, but we were a bit nervous about leaving for the entire day knowing it would be relatively easy to break in. With that said, there are safes for small valuables inside the apartment. Overall it was a really enjoyable stay and would definitely recommend.
June 6, 2022
Amazing Whitsundays Penthouse lifestyle at Reflections
The view is amazing. Close to town. Smooth check in and gave good advice on where to go and what to do.
June 6, 2022
Marina Views @ The Boathouse
my husband and I had the most wonderful week in Boathouse 103 Port Airlie. The view from our balcony was a treat to wake up to every morning and so peacefully quiet. we found the location was so convenient and was walking distance to everything we needed. Absolutely love Airlie Beach and can't wait to return.
June 6, 2022
Day Dreaming at Mazlin House
Incredible views of the boardwalk and lagoon so close to town!
June 1, 2022
The one and only - 7 The Cove! Waterfront living at its best.
Awesome place to stay, great view!!!
May 31, 2022
23 The Cove - Whitsunday Waterfront Living
Stunning house in a great location. The walk to Airlie Beach Main Street is flat, however, there is a lovely cafe and restaurants also close by. The outdoor area is fantastic and the house features high quality appliances and furnishings. Amazing place to stay, would definitely recommend
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