Travelling To The Whitsundays


Below is a list of ways that you can travel to the Whitsundays and directions on how to get here.

There are many ways to travel to the Whitsundays. You can drive, fly, catch a bus or even take a cruise ship. Once you have chosen the best time of year to travel to the Whitsundays, below will show you how to get to the Whitsundays.

Driving To The Whitsundays

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.

Flying To The Whitsundays

The main airport in the Whitsundays is the Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is located on the mainland, just inland from Proserpine. They often have flight specials to the Whitsundays which range from $50 to $100 per person, to fly from any main city in Australia to the Whitsundays and back again. 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, so you can take a taxi or organise to jump on an airport transfer bus. 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.

Catch A Bus

Greyhound Australia buses are a popular way for travellers to get to the Whitsundays. Greyhound buses have up to 60 seats and can pick you up from most towns in Australia. You can catch a bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach for only around $270 AUD and the trip will take up to 24 hours. Click here to book a bus ticket to Airlie Beach.

Take A Cruise Ship

Jumping on a cruise ship is one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to travel to the Whitsundays. Many cruise ships pull in to Airlie Beach on their way past.

Source: Sailing Whitsundays.
The Great Barrie Reef located in the Whitsunday, Queensland, Australia

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