The Whitsundays is located in north-eastern Australia, on Queensland’s central coast, approximately 1120km north of Brisbane and 630km south of Cairns. The Whitsundays comprises 74 magnificent islands, including 8 with resorts on them, and the adjacent coast, centred around the town of Airlie Beach.
Getting to the Whitsundays from overseas is best done by flying into Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne, and then booking a domestic flight into one of the Whitsundays' two airports. Brisbane offers the best range of connecting flights into the region.
The two airports that service the Whitsundays daily are:
Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)
Located on Hamilton Island, the airport is serviced by Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Qantas Link with daily flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and connection points beyond. Cruise Whitsundays and Fantasea Adventure Cruising operate ferries from Hamilton Island to transfer passengers to the Whitsunday Coast and other island resorts.
Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)
Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine, approximately 25 minutes to Airlie Beach. The airport is serviced by Virgin Blue and Jetstar offering daily flights from Brisbane and connecting flights from other cities. Buses and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach, or to ferries to the island resorts. Car and limousine hire is also available at the airport.
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