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Getting to Airlie Beach from Brisbane

The Whitsundays is located along Queensland's central coast in north-eastern Australia, approximately 1,120km north of Brisbane. Right in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a visit to The Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. The tropical resort town of Airlie Beach, the mainland hub of The Whitsundays, is ready to welcome you! Getting here is easy with a range of travel options available. Sit back, relax and soak up the blissful holiday vibes this town offerss


Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, offers the best range of connecting flights into the region. If travelling to The Whitsundays from overseas, fly into Brisbane, and then book a domestic flight into one of the two airports in The Whitsundays.

The following two airports service The Whitsundays daily:

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 Brisbane. Shuttles and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach, or to ferries for the island resorts. Car hire is also available at the airport.

Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)

Located on Hamilton Island, the airport is serviced by Virgin Australia, and Qantas Link offer daily flights from Brisbane. Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries from Hamilton Island to transfer passengers to Airlie Beach and other island resorts.


The Bruce Highway is the major road linking Queensland's coastal cities and towns. The Bruce Highway runs through Proserpine and Bowen, 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. Check out our Brisbane to The Whitsundays drive itinerary here.

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.


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

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