Getting Around - The Whitsundays QLD
The Whitsundays, Queensland.
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Getting Around

Once you arrive in The Whitsundays, there are plenty of ways to get around, including car, bus, taxi, and ferry. All island resorts are connected to the mainland via daily ferry services. Air transfers by helicopter, seaplane or light aircraft are also available. 


Cruise Whitsundays operates ferry transfers in the entire Whitsunday region. From Hamilton Island Airport, Cruise Whitsundays can deliver you to Daydream Island, Hamilton Island, and Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast.

Coach transfers are available to/from Whitsunday Coast Airport to connect with all island transfer ferries. Guests of Hayman Island can book a private, luxury transfer from Hamilton Island Airport to the resort.


Buses & taxis

Whitsunday Transit provides the region with a daily bus service connecting Proserpine, Cannonvale, Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour from designated bus stops every 30-60 minutes. They also provide a safe night service between Cannonvale and Jubilee Pocket 7 days a week until 10:30pm and have wheelchair-accessible facilities. 13CABS will also get you around town and are available 24 hours a day. Buses and taxis are available at Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport to bring you into Airlie Beach, Proserpine or Bowen upon arrival.

Car Hire

Hertz have car hire outlets in Airlie Beach. 


Most tours provide courtesy pick up and drop-offs, please enquire at the time of booking.


Getting around Airlie Beach on foot is quite easy due to the flat and very scenic boardwalk that curves around the foreshore of Airlie Beach to Coral Sea Marina and through to Cannonvale Beach.

Air Transfers

Convenient connecting services are available by helicopter from the Whitsunday Coast Airport, Great Barrier Reef Airport, Mackay Airport and the smaller non-commercial Whitsunday Airport (located east of Airlie Beach) to all Whitsunday Islands and coastal resorts as well as to and from the mainland airports of Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Air transfers are operated by Hamilton Island Air, GSL Aviation and Heli Reef.


For visitor information or to make a booking
Phone: +61 7 4945 3967
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Road trip planning with RACQ

For travellers wanting to organise a road trip along the Queensland coast to Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays, the RACQ's Trip Planner can help determine the driving distance and estimated driving times. It's about 7 hours from Cairns to Airlie Beach, about 9 hours from Airlie Beach to Hervey Bay (Fraser Island) and about 12 hours from Airlie Beach to Brisbane. Plan out your route here and download the iPhone app to take with you on your journey.

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