Getting to the Whitsunday islands
As a world class holiday destination, the Whitsundays is serviced by all major airlines and so getting to the region is the one of the easiest parts of planning your holiday.
To cater for the huge amount of visitors each year, the Whitsundays offers daily flights into both the Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport and the Hamilton Island Airport and gives customers the choice to fly into their choice of airport.
As the gateway to the Whitsunday islands, many travellers choose to fly into and out of Airlie Beach via the Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is located about 30 minutes outside of Airlie Beach. This is generally the easiest option, as guests to the Whitsundays can choose to rent a car, grab a bus, take a taxi or shuttle into Airlie Beach directly after their flight. The drive is pleasant and short, allowing you to see some of the mainland in the Whitsundays.
Unlike this airport, the Hamilton Island Airport is actually located on the popular island itself which is ideal if you are planning to stay or start your holiday on Hamilton itself. There is plenty to see and do on the island itself, with several types of accommodation available for every type of traveller. If you fly into Hamilton Island and are planning to head to Airlie Beach, you will require a ferry transfer. This is the only way to get to the mainland. You will need to book through Cruise Whitsundays, which operates the ferry to/from Hamilton Island to the mainland. The ferry itself takes about 45 minutes and crosses about 10 times daily. Guests must check in luggage at least 15 minutes prior to departure.
The main ferry terminal in the Whitsundays is located at the Port of Airlie Marina in Airlie Beach and offers daily transfers to Hamilton Island and Daydream Island Resort and Spa. There are also tour transfers to these islands as well as to Whitsunday Island (see enquire about these tours).
There are also Island Hopper Passes available and all ferries to Hamilton Island meet the scheduled flights.