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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 JetstarQantasVirgin 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.

Whitsunday Coast Airport is approximately 49 kilometres to our base in Shute Harbour.

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.  Google Maps provides directions.

Car parking

If you are driving, please note there is no parking available at our base, however you can organise undercover, secure parking online with Whitsunday Parking who will pick up your vehicle from our base after you check-in, and return it to our base when you check out.
Whitsunday Council offer free unsecure parking within metres from our base.

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.  Coashes operate regular daily services between major cities and the Whitsundays.  These include, Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service.


Car rental

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


Companies operate from Airlie Beach, Proserpine and on Hamilton Island. 13Cabs 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.


Bus companies such as Whitsundays 2 Everywhere and Heart of Reef 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 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.