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Getting to Daydream Island from Melbourne

Getting to Daydream Island from Melbourne

Right in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to The Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. Getting here from Melbourne is easy with a range of travel options available.


If travelling to The Whitsundays from overseas, fly into Melbourne, and then book your connecting domestic flights into one of the two airports in The Whitsundays.

The following two airports service The Whitsundays daily:

Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)

Located on Hamilton Island, the airport is serviced by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas Link with daily flights from Melbourne. Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries from Hamilton Island to transfer passengers to Daydream Island.

Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)

Whitsunday Coast Airport is located near Proserpine, approximately 25 minutes to Airlie Beach. The airport is currently serviced by two domestic carriers Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer daily flights from Melbourne.

Buses and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach, and to resort connections for Daydream Island. Car hire is also available at the airport.

Cruise Whitsundays operates resort connections from Airlie Beach to transfer passengers to Daydream Island.

Flights from Melbourne to The Whitsundays take approximately 3 ½ hours.


The Whitsundays is located along Queensland's central coast in north-eastern Australia, approximately 2,380km north of Melbourne.

The Bruce Highway is the major road linking Queensland's coastal cities and towns. It runs through Proserpine, with Airlie Beach located approximately 20 minutes’ drive off the Bruce Highway at Proserpine. Just follow the signs to Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands along Shute Harbour Road. Paid parking is available at Port of Airlie Maritime Terminal where you will be able to catch your Cruise Whitsundays resort connection to Daydream Island.

Major national coach operators such as Greyhound Australia, Premier and Oz Experience, include The Whitsundays in their regular scheduled services into the coastal community of Airlie Beach from all major centres along the east coast of Australia. The Heart of the Reef Transit Terminal is ideally located opposite the Cruise Whitsundays Maritime Terminal.


Queensland Rail services include the Spirit of Queensland, linking Proserpine to all the major destinations from Cairns to Brisbane and beyond to Melbourne. Taxis and Whitsunday Transit buses meet every arriving train to provide transfers from Proserpine to Airlie Beach. Coach transfers between Proserpine and Airlie Beach are included in rail travel passes.

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