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Getting here

Getting to the Whitsundays is easy. You can fly, drive or catch a train or bus - your journey is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure. Once you're here, there are plenty of ways to get around.

The first step

By air

Several airlines operate domestic flights to Proserpine's Whitsunday Coast Airport and Hamilton Island Airport including Jetstar, Qantas, Virgin Australia and Tiger Air. Services also fly to Mackay Airport, approximately 150 kilometres from Shute Harbour some with connecting bus services. International access is via connection from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns.

By road

The Bruce Highway is the main route connecting Brisbane and Cairns. The Whitsundays region is on the Queensland coast approximately 1,120 kilometres north of Brisbane and 630 kilometres south of Cairns. The turn-off from the Bruce Highway east to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour lies just north of Proserpine. Whereis.com provides directions.

By rail

Queensland Rail operates Tilt-train and Spirit of Queensland services to Proserpine from Brisbane and Cairns, and services from Proserpine at convenient times of the day. Connecting coaches operate from Proserpine to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour.

By coach

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic countryside as you travel to your Whitsundays destination. Coach companies operate regular daily services between major cities and the Whitsundays. These include Greyhound Australia, Premier Transport Group and Oz Experience.

Exploring

Car rental

All major rental companies have offices in the Whitsundays. Avis, Hertz and Thrifty Car Rentals have outlets at Airlie Beach. Local proprietors, Fun Rentals and We Do Scooters also operate out of Airlie Beach with four and two-wheel options such as scooters and bicycles.

Taxis

Companies operate from Airlie Beach, Proserpine and on Hamilton Island. Australia Wide Taxis offers a 24-hour local taxi service with a taxi rank at Airlie Beach. Whether you want to get from A to B or tour the region, taxis are available.

Buses

Bus companies such as Whitsunday Transit operate regular services between Proserpine, including the Whitsunday Coast Airport and Proserpine Railway Station, and Shute Harbour via Airlie Beach. Services are coordinated to meet ferry transfers..

Ferries

Ferries depart from Shute Harbour and Port of Airlie at regular intervals for transfers to the islands and reef. Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries from Shute Harbour and Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island and other island resorts including Daydream Island and Long Island, along with day trips to the Great Barrier Reef.

View over tropical turquoise waters and islands of the Whitsundays

Getting to the Whitsundays is easy - find your way here and discover paradise on a sailing holiday.